Press Release CARF praises the hospital’s Spinal Cord System of Care program

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Feb. 16, 2010) – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) recently earned a three-year accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). HSC’s CARF-accreditation demonstrates its commitment to continually improving its services and promoting the highest standards of quality within its institution.

On October 29-30, 2009, a team of CARF-International surveyors conducted an in-depth survey of HSC’s various rehabilitation programs and services. The survey conveyed that HSC has strengths in many areas such as staff dedication to daily clinical care, dynamic synergy of the entire treatment team and high engagement in several active research projects. The organization was also commended for its upscale health and wellness center, use of emerging technology and the wide array of adaptive sports teams it sponsors.

“HSC is honored to receive this accreditation because it embraces the values of accountability and responsibility to our mission, patients and staff at the hospital,” said John Votto, HSC President and CEO. “We will use the CARF standards as a guide to excellence as we continue to provide and expand our rehabilitation services.”

Additionally, one prominent area that received positive feedback within the results of the survey is HSC’s spinal cord injury (SCI) unit. The SCI medical director is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and therefore has a lot of expertise to offer the team. HSC offers the only CARF-accredited spinal cord program in Connecticut.

“Hospital for Special Care’s accreditation can be considered a “seal of quality” of its services,” said Victoria Golab, Vice President, Quality & Patient Safety Officer, HSC. “It has earned this award because they have met our rigorous standards as well as delivered positive results to the people who use those services.”

CARF-International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers in several areas such as behavioral health, child and youth services and medical rehabilitation. CARF accredits the services of an organization only if those services meet the CARF standards in the CARF standards manual. HSC will have its CARF accreditation until October 2012 when the next survey and assessment must be conducted.