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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Receives National Accreditation

Friday, May 04, 2007

The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recently was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF. The three-year accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and is a testament to the Division’s faculty and staff, who provide care and treatment to thousands of patients each year suffering from a wide range of conditions including stroke, spinal cord injury and general rehabilitation.

An independent, nonprofit accreditor of a variety of human service providers including medical rehabilitation, each year CARF accredits approximately 5,000 providers at more than 17,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and South America.

"This marks the fifth consecutive time that our Division has achieved this prestigious accreditation,” said K. Rao Poduri, M.D., chair and medical director of Rehabilitation at Strong Health. “An organization receiving the three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during on an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.”

CARF surveyors specifically noted several strengths within the Division including a strong leadership team, dedicated and compassionate staff, a stroke specialty program, outreach education efforts aimed at preventing injuries, and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.  In addition, CARF’s report commended the many advocacy efforts faculty and staff conduct on behalf of disabled persons at the local and national levels.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a division of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University or Rochester Medical Center. Over the past few years, the Division has experienced remarkable growth, and today, 125 faculty and staff provide care to more than 400 inpatients and manage over 40,000 outpatient visits each year. 

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