August 22, 2012
Mercy Medical Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its adult hospital inpatient rehabilitation and adult hospital inpatient rehabilitation stroke specialty programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
The latest adult hospital inpatient rehabilitation accreditation is the 18th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Mercy Medical Center. This is Mercy’s first stroke specialty program accreditation within the inpatient rehabilitation center. Thirty percent of patients served this year in Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center are stroke survivors.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through 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.
Mercy Medical Center has provided inpatient rehabilitation services since 1984. Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center is a 39-bed unit located on the fourth floor of Mercy Medical Center. The philosophy of Mercy’s rehabilitation team is that participants have the right to attain the highest level of independence, focusing not on their disabilities, but on their abilities. Participants take part in occupational, physical and speech therapies and receive nursing and medical care on the unit. The rehabilitation team works together with each patient and their family to develop an individual treatment plan based on their goals. For more information about Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center visit cantonmercy.org or call admission coordinators at 330-580-4716 or 330-580-4717.
Mercy Stroke Center supports patients, their family members and caregivers on their road to recovery. The center is accredited by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. For more information about Mercy Stroke Center, visit cantonmercy.org or call 330-489-1111, ext. 3065.
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. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at carf.org.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community.