SOMC Inpatient Rehab Receives Renewed Accreditation

The Inpatient Rehab Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again gained accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The in-depth review is conducted once every three years and SOMC has now achieved accreditation for five consecutive terms.

“We’re very pleased to maintain this recognition,” Regina Keller, nurse manager of the Inpatient Rehab Unit at SOMC, said. “The survey is a very tedious process and to learn that our department is able to meet the standards that are set by CARF year after year shows how high our dedication to quality patient care truly is.”

CARF is a nationwide program, created to help organizations develop and maintain standards that improve the value and responsiveness of programs and services delivered to rehabilitation patients.

To be accredited by CARF, an organization must satisfy each of the CARF Accreditation Conditions and demonstrate through a site survey that it clearly meets those established standards. The CARF review is a two-day process, featuring visits from both administrative and program surveyors.

“The surveyors review processes used throughout our unit, including the scope of services we provided, our interdisciplinary teams created for performance improvement and our safety measures and standards,” Belinda Diles, program director of the Inpatient Rehab Unit, said.

This year the surveyors identified eleven strengths of the unit, emphasizing the department’s dedication to creating and maintaining a safe environment for both staff members and their patients. Five opportunities for improvement also were listed to help the unit continue to improve for the future.

“New standards come out every year so we’re constantly trying to make our department the best it can be,” Keller said. “We have to be in compliance with the standards at all times, not just during survey years, and we hope our patients feel confident in knowing that we are providing them the best rehab care in our area.”