Rehabilitation plays a critical role in stroke recovery. In fact, problems associated with stroke generally respond very well to rehabilitation.
According to studies by the National Rehabilitation Caucus, 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from aggressive rehabilitation, with 80 percent of those treated through rehabilitation services returning to home, work, school or active retirement.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital The Woodlands has earned certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation becoming the first and only rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County to achieve this prestigious certification. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety for stroke rehabilitation.
“We voluntarily pursued The Joint Commission to evaluate our stroke program because we wanted to ensure our quality of care,” said Benjamin Agana, M.D., medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital The Woodlands. “To receive this certification, our hospital has demonstrated compliance with national standards and an effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care for our patients.”
To earn the certification, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital The Woodlands underwent a rigorous on-site survey on July 25th, 2012. A surveyor with expertise in the care of patients with neurological issues from the Joint Commission evaluated the hospital’s stroke rehabilitation program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including the provision and quality of care, medical staff, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital The Woodlands has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients that suffered from a stroke," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Studies indicate that 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation. Eighty percent of patients receiving this level of therapy return to their homes, work, schools or active retirement, according to the National Rehabilitation Caucus. The Joint Commission’s acknowledgement of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital The Woodlands’ continuum of care for stroke offers patients and families peace of mind in knowing they are getting quality stroke care for maximized results.
About The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.