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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Awarded 3 Year Accreditation For Spinal Cord Injury Care Program

November 1, 2006

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) was notified it has been awarded a three-year CARF accreditation for its Spinal Cord Injury Care Line.

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 may be awarded. In the survey summary, the MEDVAMC was recognized for strengths in many areas. The report notes, “There is a significant amount of expertise and diversity of specializations among the program directors. The areas of specializations include neurology, prosthetics, and urology. In addition, the programs provide special services, including home adaptive behavior education, assisted living, onsite visits by outside specialists as needed, and the addition of the Paralyzed Veterans of America to the treatment team.”

“The outstanding survey results reflect the specialized knowledge, skills, and dedication that are demonstrated daily by all of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center staff who provide care and supportive services for veterans with spinal cord injuries,” said Sally A. Holmes, Spinal Cord Injury Care Line executive.

The survey team commented the MEDVAMC Spinal Cord Injury Care Line offers a well-coordinated and successful interdisciplinary team approach to the care of veterans. The team routinely includes the patient as a team member during all phases of his/her rehabilitation stay and involves him/her in establishing and modifying treatment goals.

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