CARF International announced that Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (HFWH) has been accredited for a period of three years for its inpatient rehabilitation and stroke specialty programs. The latest accreditation is the 15th consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to the adult inpatient rehabilitation program at the William H. Honor Rehabilitation Center at HFWH, making it one of the first accredited rehabilitation units in the country. This year marks the third consecutive three-year accreditation for the stroke specialty program for the hospital.
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.
“Accreditation is voluntary, but achieving CARF accreditation means that you have met stringent criteria for the quality of services provided,” said Denise Dailing, administrator for Rehabilitation Services. “We choose to maintain our accreditation year after year, because it holds us to an extremely high level of performance and ensures that our patients receive excellent care and excellent outcomes.”
HFWH presented two key areas of improvement: program growth and reduction of the readmission rate of rehab patients to the acute care area of the hospital. Advancements in both areas were due to the application of the HFHS Process Improvement Model, PDCA (Plan Do Check Act). In addition, surveyors praised various components of the rehabilitation program, including teamwork and communication; patient-centered care; longevity of staff employment/commitment to the program; and leadership.
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.