WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s (MAHHC) Rehabilitation Unit has earned the highest degree of recognition a medical center can receive by achieving Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Hospital was recognized for their high level of quality care and patient centered acute care rehabilitation treatment and is the only facility in the Northern New England to achieve this level of accreditation.
To earn their Three-Year Accreditation, MAHHC had to meet 180 different CARF standards as part of the review process. Commitment to patient safety, cleanliness and consistency of service were some of the criteria the Hospital had to successfully fulfill.
The Hospital began the all-encompassing CARF accreditation process two years ago. The achievement is especially impressive because MAHHC is a small hospital and unlike large facilities, doesn’t have layers of support staff. “Almost 90% of our staff had their regular duties to carry out in addition to being involved with developing new policies and procedures for the CARF review,” says Belinda Needham-Shropshire, Director of Rehabilitation for MAHHC. “It was very much ‘all hands on deck’ and we definitely set the bar high!”
Founded in 1966, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services including medical rehabilitation. For their evaluation of MAHHC, the organization sent two external peers from different parts of the country, to review the Hospital over a two-day period and then presented their findings to a committee comprised of professionals from the medical field. CARF currently accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 23,000 locations worldwide. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by 6,700 CARF accredited service providers.
“This is a monumental accomplishment for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and is at least as big as when we were awarded the national Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service,” says Kevin W Donovan, Hospital CEO. “The fact that we achieved Three Year Accreditation is, in and of itself, very exciting but even more so because it was our first attempt and we were successful. We worked hard to get to this point, putting great people in place to ensure we achieved our goals of providing high quality rehabilitation services for our patients. This is only the beginning though. To maintain this level, we have on-going hard work that will continue to reinforce the structure we have put in place.”