Ten Mayo Clinic rehabilitation programs in Rochester, Minn., recently had their accreditation renewed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The inpatient rehabilitation programs included the general practice as well as the specialty programs of pediatrics, amputation, brain injury, pediatric brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. The outpatient brain injury, spinal cord injury and vocational rehabilitation programs also received full accreditation. The latest award is the ninth consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded to Mayo Clinic.
CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services in 1966.
CARF recognizes a three-year accreditation as "an indication of an organization's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. The services, personnel and documentation indicate an established pattern of practice excellence."
"We are overjoyed to have our rehabilitation programs receive the full three-year accreditation," says Carmen M. Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic physiatrist and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Rochester. "This rigorous review process requires significant preparation and collaboration from multiple disciplines. CARF accreditation reflects Mayo Clinic's strong commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality and integrated rehabilitation care."