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St. Anthony’s Adds Stroke Rehab Accreditation

Media Contact Joe Poelker
Release Date: 01/12/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has extended its adult inpatient rehabilitation accreditation and, for the first time, has added stroke specialty inpatient rehabilitation accreditation to St. Anthony’s Acute Rehabilitation unit.
St. Anthony’s is one of only a few hospitals in the St. Louis metro area with a nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center, which means it has the expertise and technological resources to diagnose and treat any type of stroke within one hour of arrival. St. Anthony’s also is designated as a Level 1 Stroke Center by the state of Missouri.
“As part of a Primary Stroke Center, we wanted to ensure our stroke patients received the best care throughout their stay at St. Anthony’s,” said Rhonda Morse, MS, RN, Manager of St. Anthony’s Acute Rehab unit. “The stroke specialty designation confirms that our services also focus on the unique needs of persons who have sustained a stroke.”
This accreditation represents the highest level that can be given to a rehabilitation facility, and it shows conformance to the CARF standards. CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of health and human services.
St. Anthony’s Acute Rehab unit is one of only 12 adult inpatient rehabilitation programs in Missouri that have earned the accreditation. The stroke specialty adult inpatient program is one of only nine in Missouri to have earned certification from CARF International. The certification process is extensive, with more than 200 compliance measures and an additional 1,500 standards required to fulfill the CARF requirements.
“St. Anthony’s Medical Center maintains experienced and highly qualified personnel who are highly dedicated and demonstrate a commitment to the core values and mission of the organization,” the survey summary states. “The interdisciplinary treatment teams exhibit professionalism, enthusiasm, collaboration, and compassion while thoroughly addressing the physical, functional, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the persons served and their family members.”