Dignity Health St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center Is CARF-Accredited

The 23-bed inpatient facility received this prestigious accreditation by meeting national and international standards based on onsite demonstrations of high-quality, accountable programs and services.

The St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center, located at St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 23-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility whose mission is “to provide a personalized rehabilitation program that treats each patient individually, based upon their condition and needs.” It has been serving the region for more than 30 years. It’s also one of the newest members of the Canopy Health alliance.

Recently, the center received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) by meeting and eclipsing national and international benchmarks of quality care. St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center underwent a meticulous peer review to prove their care was measurable, accountable, and of excellent quality, and the accreditation is for both its inpatient rehab and stroke specialty programs.

While this accreditation is a fantastic achievement, patients and their families have been singing the facility’s praises for years. Keep reading to learn more about how St. Mary’s is going above and beyond to provide excellent care to all their patients.

What Is Acute Rehabilitation?

Acute rehabilitation focuses on helping inpatients recover, or at least improve, lost cognitive or physical function after a stroke, heart attack, or another medical event. Acute rehab patients usually receive inpatient care from a team that consists of the patient, their primary care physician, and experienced specialists — as well as nursing staff, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Their goal is to restore a patient’s strength, functioning (cognitive and physical), and independence from caregivers.

St. Mary’s Treats Complex Conditions

St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center provides a wide range of care for dozens of conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Neuromuscular diseases (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Guillain-Barré Syndrome, among several others)
  • Complex rehab needs, such as recovery from a bone marrow or organ transplant
  • Amputation
  • Bilateral joint replacement
  • Complex orthopedic injuries

In addition, the rehab center serves individuals who experienced a substantial change to their physical or cognitive function, require around-the-clock care for complex conditions, or could benefit from intensive skilled therapies.

The main goal is to help patients recover from their injuries, conditions, procedures, and treatments to be discharged from their care and reach a level of relative independence. St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center has been working to meet these goals with all their patients for 30 years, and their recognition from the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is a testament to their skill and hard work.

What Patients Can Expect at St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center

Rehab is a difficult process for everyone involved. Patients are expected to work exceptionally hard while maintaining their spirits in the face of illness, injury, affliction, and overwhelming odds. Meanwhile, their care team dedicates themselves to helping patients achieve their goals and lead fulfilling, independent lives. Everyone is actively engaged throughout each day trying to teach and learn (or re-learn) physical and cognitive skills. It’s easy to get frustrated, but the talented team at St. Mary’s has the experience and fortitude necessary to inspire their patients to keep pushing themselves to achieve their goals.

The average day at the rehab center consists of three hours of therapy (15 hours per week), which could start as early as 7:30 AM and end around 5:00 PM. The care team will discuss an appropriate schedule with the patient and make adjustments as necessary. Scheduled meals are included and can be enjoyed in the main dining room or the privacy of the patient’s personal room. Patients are encouraged to socialize with their friends and families during mealtime but are free to dine wherever they feel most comfortable.

Since independence is the ultimate goal, rehab patients will practice the skills they learn during their therapy sessions with the care team throughout their stay — as well as their friends, family members, and other caregivers if necessary. Independence is the main benchmark, but the team at St. Mary’s doesn’t want to rush the situation, which could lead to further injury or illness. Therefore, they regularly assess patients’ progress, and patients are kept in the loop about their achievements, as well as what they still have to accomplish before being discharged.

Why Choose St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center

In addition to their recent accreditation, there are so many great reasons to complete your rehab at St. Mary’s. Their emphasis on customized and collaborative rehabilitation programs is a refreshing approach and consistently yields positive outcomes for their patients.

St. Mary’s Acute Rehabilitation Center is a Certified Stroke Center and a Top 100 Hospital for Stroke Care. They believe in close interactions between the patient and care team and provide a comfortable healing environment. Their therapists are skilled and certified, and they specialize in advanced recovery techniques. They also offer home evaluations for patients being discharged after being declared independent.