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Blessing inpatient unit is reaccredited

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By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 24, 2019 3:10 pm Updated: Jun. 24, 2019 4:03 pm

QUINCY -- Blessing Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Services unit for adults, adolescents, and children has been reaccredited by CARF International. This represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization providing inpatient rehabilitative care. Blessing Inpatient Rehabilitation Services has been CARF accredited since 1998. The review and reaccreditation process occurs every three years.

Blessing Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Services is an 18-bed unit providing nursing, physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy for people who have lost their independence due to a variety of conditions including stroke, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, amputation and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

"We underwent a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that our programs and services are of the highest quality, our outcomes are measurable, and we are accountable," said Karen Kerns, MS, CCC-SLP, Director, Rehabilitation Services, Blessing Hospital.

"With a people staying active much later in life than ever before, having access to an accredited inpatient rehabilitation program is vital to the quality of life in the communities Blessing serves," Kerns concluded.

An experienced and highly skilled interdisciplinary team of therapists and nurses collaborate with the person served to develop and carry out the treatment plan. Rehab unit physiatrist, John DeGuzman, MD, is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Several nurses hold national certification in Rehabilitation Nursing and as Brain Injury Specialists.

Physical therapy staff has an average of 31 years of experience, occupational therapy staff has an average of 17 years of experience and speech language pathologists has an average of 16 years of experience.