Mt Ascutney Hospital Acute Rehab Center earns renewed 3-year CARF

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Mt Ascutney Hospital Acute Rehab Center earns renewed 3-year CARF

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 2:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Acute Rehabilitation Center at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has earned 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), following an extensive review. CARF surveyors completed a 2-day survey in June, 2017, comprehensively reviewing the Hospital’s inpatient acute rehabilitation program, from preadmission to administration of care. CARF’s mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.

Belinda Needham-Shropshire, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, called the Rehabilitation Center’s re-accreditation an important validation of the Hospital’s hard work, saying, “CARF has rigorous standards, and only bestows accreditation upon rehabilitation programs that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality improvement, a focus on patients, and continual monitoring of our results. People who need rehabilitation services aren’t just patients, they’re consumers who have choices. We’re devoted to doing things the right way, and CARF accreditation is a powerful symbol of that for those we’re here to serve.”

According to MAHHC President and CEO Dr. Joseph Perras, the surveyors gave specific attention to the Rehabilitation Center’s multidisciplinary team approach, and the way the entire care team works together for patients. Dr. Perras called the re-accreditation the result of “the hard work by all of our providers and employees who help support our Rehabilitation Center’s mission,” and commended them for their extensive preparation in advance of the survey.

Founded in 1966, CARF International is a nonprofit accreditor of medical rehabilitation, aging services, child services, opioid treatment programs and more, currently accrediting more than 50,000 programs and services at 25,000 locations worldwide. More information is available at

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the  Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock.  Affiliated with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, MAHHC  provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center.  Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been  recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance.  The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.

Source: Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Care Center