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ARU Stroke Specialty Program

The Acute Rehab Unit (ARU) at Regional West Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and by the Joint Commission. Regional West's ARU has also received special accreditation from CARF as a certified Stroke Specialty Program.

These designations represent the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and underscores Regional West's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. To earn a three-year accreditation, the ARU underwent a rigorous peer review process, most recently in 2017, and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are accountable, measurable, and of the highest quality.

Why is CARF accreditation important?

Regional West's participation and adherence to CARF standards means that our ARU is dedicated to continuous improvement by examining patient health outcomes and surveying patients about their experiences. CARF accreditation also validates the quality of our care and services, including:

  • Employing qualified professional physicians, nurses, therapists, and social workers.
  • Personalizing care plans to fit the needs of each patient.
  • Providing patient-centered care, including prompt response to patient needs and questions.

Following are some excerpts from the report by the CARF team following their 2017 onsite visit:

  • Employee engagement activities in ARU were observed throughout the unit and were spoken of positively by personnel as a way of recognizing each other, which in turn creates a positive and engaging environment.
  • Quality care and support are not just extended to the person served, but to the families and support systems of persons served as well. This was evident in posting regarding feedback received, and in the wall of fame area. The wall of fame identifies families as part of the service delivery model and support system to persons served and helps to focus personnel on the importance of the role of the caregiver in a successful return home.
  • Committed personnel are dedicated to patient and family education as expressed by current persons served.