January 7, 2016

CARF International has announced that Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY has been accredited for a period of three years. The latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the specialty physical rehabilitation hospital.

Helen Hayes Hospital has received this accreditation for 13 rehabilitation programs, one of the largest numbers bestowed by the accrediting body to any one organization. The accredited programs at the hospital include:

Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Hospital
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Amputation Specialty Program (Adults)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Brain injury (Adults, Children & Adolescents)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Spinal Cord System of Care (Adult, Children & Adolescents)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Stroke Specialty Programs (Adult)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Skilled Nursing (Adults)
Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs – Brain, Spinal Cord and Stroke (Adults, Children & Adolescents)

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Helen Hayes Hospital’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.

Within the accreditation report, surveyors highlighted a large number of hospital strengths. Among the highlights included in the report were the enthusiastic and professional clinical staff members who provide highly customized comprehensive programing to patients; the availability of adaptive equipment and assistive technology to meet the individual needs of patients; the cohesive design of the nursing and therapy units which foster frequent and real-time communications between all clinicians; the hospital’s impressive support of research and furthering the body of knowledge in rehabilitation medicine; the hospital’s full-service onsite prosthetic and orthotic lab and fabrication suite; the hospital’s dental clinic which service a large number inpatients and outpatient with special needs; and the wellness programs offered at the hospital, including adaptive sports, support groups, a gym, yoga, meditation and more.

“Helen Hayes Hospital continues to be a leader in rehabilitative medicine,” states Dr. Bruce Marshall, Director of Medical and Professional Services at the hospital. “Our sixth consecutive three-Year CARF accreditation, along with the wealth of positive feedback on our services, clearly reflects on the high quality of care we provide and our excellent patient outcomes.”

Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty rehabilitation hospitals, providing a range of inpatient, outpatient and specialty care to individuals recovering from brain and spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke, as well as cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological disorders. Founded in 1900, it is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

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 and continuous improvement services that center 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 www.carf.org.

For additional information on Helen Hayes Hospital’s range of physical rehabilitation programs and services, visit www.helenhayeshospital.org or call 1-800-70-REHAB.