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Houston VA Awarded 3-Year Accreditation for Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

December 12, 2003

Houston VA Awarded 3-Year Accreditation for Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

Released: 2003/12/12

HOUSTON, TX - On November 25, 2003, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) awarded a three-year CARF accreditation to the Houston VA Medical Center (HVAMC) Rehabilitation Care Line's Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP).

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 HVAMC was recognized for strengths in many areas. The report notes, "It is evident that Rehabilitation Care Line not only performs as a strong interdisciplinary team within its own program area, but is also well integrated into the Veterans Medical Center. Many projects have been developed cooperatively with other product lines that greatly improve services for the persons served. The organization's code of ethics is well documented for all personnel and other stakeholders, including the persons served. It is evident that ethical practices are implemented at all levels of personnel throughout the organization."

"I would also like to point out the team members of the Houston VA Medical Center Rehabilitation Care Line were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the rehabilitation process and to their patients. The report remarked that staff interactions were respectful, promoted dignity, and furthered the therapeutic alliance," said Helene K. Henson, M.D., HVAMC CIIRP medical director 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 commented that patients and family members consistently expressed positive comments and their heartfelt responses exemplified the genuine interest the HVAMC staff members had in the overall well-being and quality of life of their patients.

"I am very proud the Houston VA Medical Center has received such important recognition," said Thomas B. Horvath, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., HVAMC chief of staff. "Our Rehabilitation Care Line staff and its practices are top-notch. I am pleased that we serve as such a positive example for other hospitals."

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Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

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