The Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for three years for its inpatient rehabilitation programs, including specialty programs for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. This is the sixth consecutive reaccreditation the Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center has received during its 25-year history.
“This reaccreditation confirms that Scripps Encinitas has met strict criteria related to performance, capabilities and patient safety,” said Michael Lobatz, MD, neurologist and medical director of the rehabilitation center. “Our multidisciplinary team provides a high level of skill and compassion, and is committed to improving our patients’ quality of life.”
CARF’s decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Scripps’ substantial conformance to CARF standards. Organizations awarded a three-year accreditation undergo a rigorous peer review process, including an on-site visit by a team of surveyors, and must demonstrate that their medical rehabilitation programs and services are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
The Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is a 30-bed, acute inpatient rehabilitation facility with a specialization in neurological rehab. It was the first facility in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties to receive CARF accreditation for its combined stroke, traumatic brain injury and general rehabilitation programs. It has been entrusted by the United States military to care for combat-related traumatic brain injuries in returning servicemen and women.
Compared to national averages, Scripps Encinitas rehabilitation patients:
- Have higher rates of return to the community—nearly 90 percent of patients who complete their rehabilitation program successfully return home.
- Have fewer emergency needs during their rehabilitation.
- Maintained or increased their functional ability scores three to six months after discharge (based on responses from 97 percent of patients contacted).
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 that centers 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.
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