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For Immediate Release

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Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801


Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute receives high distinction

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn. 08/04/2008--Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has received accreditation from CARF International for its stroke specialty programs and inpatient rehabilitation programs for children, adolescents and adults at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul. Sister Kenny's spinal cord system of care for children, adolescents and adults at Abbott Northwestern also received accreditation, making it the only CARF-accredited provider in the Twin Cities area.

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CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

"It 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, medical and interim executive director of Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. "We are rewarded everyday by our patients' perseverance and improvement, but we are proud of this recognition by our peers."

Accreditation represents substantial conformance to the CARF standards. To receive a three-year accreditation, Sister Kenny put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

More about Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute specializes in treating spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, work or sports- related injuries and neurological or muscular disorders including arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, speech-language disorders and chronic pain.

In addition to Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides inpatient acute care physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech services at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Unity Hospital in Fridley, and Buffalo Hospital.

Sister Kenny has multi-service outpatient programs:

Sister Kenny's physician practice is Kenny Rehabilitation Associates.

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