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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Awarded 3 Year Accreditation for Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

October 26, 2006

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) was notified this week that it was awarded a three-year CARF accreditation for Rehabilitation Care Line’s Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP).

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a private, not-for-profit organization that grew out of a need in the medical and vocational rehabilitation fields to promote quality programs for people with disabilities and others in need of services. CARF is committed to developing and maintaining practical, customer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality, value, and optimal outcomes in the lives of the persons they serve.

A three-year accreditation is the highest level of accreditation an organization can be awarded. In the survey summary, the MEDVAMC was recognized for strengths in many areas. The report notes, “The wide array of excellent resources, ranging from the high caliber of staff to the modern equipment, benefit persons served. Particularly noteworthy is the recent development of a Polytrauma Center established specifically to meet the needs of wounded active military personnel.”

“We have a dedicated, professional, energetic team working hard to meet our veterans’ needs. I am very pleased to see them receive the acknowledgement they so richly deserve,” said Helene K. Henson, M.D., MEDVAMC Rehabilitation Care Line executive and one of this year’s best doctors in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation as determined by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors®, Inc.

The survey team also commented the MEDVAMC Rehabilitation Care Line has a leadership team and dedicated staff that are progressive and clearly demonstrate an enthusiasm for the patients they serve. In addition, the organization is fortunate to have a large number of experienced staff members to support the needs of the program and meet the needs of the veterans served.

“I am very proud the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has received such important recognition,” said Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director. “Our Rehabilitation Care Line staff and its practices are top-notch. I am pleased we serve as such a positive example for other hospitals.”