Cheyenne, WY— Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit (ARU) and inpatient stroke rehabilitation program have received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) for both general and stroke rehabilitative services.
CRMC’s ARU has been accredited by CARF for 15 years for general rehabilitation and received its first CARF specialty accreditation for stroke care in 2018.
“Earning CARF accreditation is a rigorous process that included a comprehensive site survey by two independent medical practitioners who interviewed staff and also reviewed patient charts to determine the quality of rehabilitation and overall care that’s being provided,” said Rebecca Carey, the ARU’s clinical director.
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CRMC’s ARU is the only CARF-accredited inpatient and stroke rehabilitation program in Wyoming and is one of only two CARF-accredited programs in a region extending from southern Wyoming to Aurora, CO.
CRMC’s ARU was specifically recognized by the CARF surveyors for having significant administrative support, a robust technology plan including ongoing diligence regarding cybersecurity, effective communication tools for patient care, a strong commitment to safety and quality, positive patient outcomes, a strong and compassionate nursing and therapy staff, renovations that enhance patient and staff experiences and an effective continuum of care with strong connections to the community.
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit that accredits more than 60,000 human and health services organizations at 28,000 locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
CARF accreditation requires the service provider to commit to ongoing quality improvement, focus on the unique needs of each person served and monitor the results of services provided.
“CARF accreditation is important because it demonstrates that our ARU and stroke rehabilitation programs are focused on providing the highest level of care to our patients and community,” said Tim Thornell, CRMC’s president and chief executive officer. “It also shows that our ARU team is dedicated to helping patients achieve the highest level of independence and to improving their overall quality of life.”
An ARU is distinguished from other rehabilitation programs by the amount and level of rehabilitation required. Each patient undergoes intensive rehabilitation at least three hours a day, five days a week.
In an ARU, a physician leads an interdisciplinary team in providing coordinated rehabilitation care for each patient, with an expectation that the patient will achieve measurable improvements. The rehabilitation care is tailored to fit the needs of the individual.
CRMC’s ARU specializes in treating people who are recovering from a variety of conditions, including strokes, brain injuries, neuropathy and myopathy, spinal cord injuries, multiple trauma injuries, amputations, neurological disorders, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.