From left: Mary Beth Moss, RN, Clinical Supervisor; Nancy Alonzo, RN, Program Director; Justin Davis, Chief Operating Officer; and Brenda Fernando, Director, Physical Medicine.
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation
Posted April 24, 2012
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recently announced that the Center for Advanced Rehabilitation at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital has been accredited for a period of three years. This is the first accreditation that CARF has awarded to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which opened the 20-bed unit in July 2011.
The three-year accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-tear accreditation has undergone a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
In its March 2012 letter notifying Wilkes-Barre General Hospital of its accreditation, CARF International President and CEO Brian Boone, Ph.D. noted that the evaluation team made no recommendations following its survey, indicating that it did not find any areas of nonconformance to standards. “This is an extraordinary accomplishment,” Dr. Boone wrote, “as only three percent of CARF surveys result in no recommendations.”
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital CEO Cornelio Catena said that the modern, spacious rehabilitation unit makes much-needed rehabilitation services more readily available to the community, conveniently within the hospital setting. “Our physicians and professional staff have every right to be proud of this achievement,” Mr. Catena said.
For additional information on the Center for Advanced Rehabilitation, contact Program Director Nancy Alonzo at 570-552-4470.