Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Awarded 3-Year Accreditations for Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Medicine Programs

September 15, 2009

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) was recently awarded three-year accreditations by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for both its Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Rehabilitation Medicine Programs.

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. At the DeBakey VA, the survey teams highlighted several exemplary conformances to standards in the areas of information technology, retention of staff, emergency preparedness, and providing Veterans with access to cutting-edge new technologies. 

The surveyors made numerous positive comments regarding the excellent, compassionate care, and professional services provided to Veterans in each program. The teams also noted outstanding performance in the area of research and the implementation of this research to provide high quality and evidence-based treatment. 

The survey team recognized the Rehabilitation Preservation-Amputation Care and Treatment Program for a best practice in amputation management. The SCI Peer Partners Training Program was also highlighted as one of the many positive strengths of the SCI Program.  This program, which focuses on the quality of services provided, assists Veterans be successful in providing peer mentoring to meet the needs of newly injured persons.

The survey teams were extremely complimentary of staff commitment and passion throughout the facility.  Additionally, the teams noted the DeBakey VA is fortunate to have a large number of experienced staff members to meet the needs of its patients.

“I am very proud the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has received such important recognition,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director. “The staff in our Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Medicine Programs is top-notch. I am pleased we serve as such a positive example for other hospitals and that our Veterans know they are receiving the highest quality health care possible.”

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