WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Hospital recently received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition, NHRMC Rehabilitation Hospital received specialty credentials designating certification for treatment of patients of stroke, brain injury and amputee rehabilitation – making it the only facility in North Carolina with all three of these specialties.
The designation comes after an on-site visit by surveyors from CARF. The survey encompassed approximately 209 major standards that, combined, included some 2,300 components. Giving NHRMC Rehabilitation Hospital high marks, surveyors highlighted 10 program strengths, including: leadership that provides strong communication and resources; number of staff with specialty credentials; and excellent space/environment conducive to healing and positive work atmosphere.
“I am very proud of the entire team’s efforts to achieve this accomplishment,” said Leslie Kesler, Director of Rehabilitation Services. “I’d like to personally thank senior leadership and everyone throughout the organization for their support not only during the CARF survey but throughout the years.”
CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization that has provided accreditation services worldwide for health and human service providers since 1966. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their dedication to providing the top care in their field. Accreditation ensures the public that a service provider is committed to continuously improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Rehabilitation Hospital is a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility on the New Hanover Regional Medical Center campus. It helps patients with debilitating injury or disease recover mobility and independence through inpatient treatment. The hospital sees more than 600 patients annually who suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis as well as patients who have suffered a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 5,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.