Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Center Earns Renewed 3-Year CARF Accreditation

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



Thursday, August 31, 2017