WellSpan Rehab one of 10 accredited hospitals in Pa. for brain injuries

Katherine Ranzenberger

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is now one of 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and fewer than 140 worldwide to have a three-year accreditation for inpatient brain injury rehabilitation.

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The accreditation is through the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, also known as CARF International.

“Families are searching for the best program to take care of a patient who has experienced a life-altering, devastating injury or medical event, and they want to make sure they send their family member to the best place,” said Barbara Yarrish, president of WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, in a news release on Thursday. “We can tell them with confidence our program is sound and recognized nationally through CARF International.”

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital in York has an eight-bed secure brain injury unit, according to the release. The rehabilitation program helps patients in the unit, as well as outpatients, with both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.

“To achieve the accreditation, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital undertook a rigorous peer review process,” the news release reads, “and 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.”

CARF also reaccredited WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital as a comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation hospital for adults with all diagnoses. In 2012, shortly after it opened, the 73-bed hospital achieved this accreditation.

For more information on CARF International, including the accreditation process, visit carf.org.