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Allina's Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute receives CARF re-accreditation

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn. 06/15/2011--Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is proud to announce re-accreditation by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, for each of the following medical rehabilitation programs:

  • Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation
    • Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (children, adolescents and adults).
    • Stroke Specialty Program (adults).
    • Spinal Cord System of Care (children, adolescents and adults).
    • Brain Injury Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (children, adolescents and adults)
  • Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation
    • Spinal Cord System of Care (children, adolescents and adults)

The accreditation covers the programs and services provided at Sister Kenny's two inpatient locations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul.

Sister Kenny's Spinal Cord System of Care is the only CARF-accredited provider in the Twin Cities area.

Accreditation represents substantial conformance to a rigorous set of industry-driven standards. To receive a three-year accreditation, Sister Kenny submitted to a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit in April 2011 that its programs and services are accountable, measurable, and of the highest quality.

"The award of three-year accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization like ours and reflects the passion of our physicians, nurses and therapists to help people live their best possible lives," said Karl Sandin, MD, MPH, physician-in-chief, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. "We are rewarded every day by our patients' perseverance and improvement, but we are proud of this recognition by our peers," he said.

About the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Founded in 1966, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit accrediting organization that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information, go to carf.org.

About Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics, and health care services, including home care, hospice and palliative care, oxygen and medical equipment, pharmacies and emergency medical transportation.

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