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Acute Rehabilitation at UMCP Earns Prestigious Accreditation

Jul 5, 2016

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has earned three-year accreditation from CARF International, the premier accrediting agency for rehabilitation programs nationwide.

The accreditation, valid through May 2019, was awarded following a rigorous on-site survey in which every aspect of the unit’s operations was evaluated.

UMCP’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit is one of only 10 inpatient hospital programs in New Jersey to hold accreditation by CARF International, formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

“CARF accreditation is a symbol to the community that we are committed to meeting the highest standards of care and that we value the people we serve,” said Humility Sumayang, RN, Nurse Manager of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit. “To earn accreditation, we were required to demonstrate how we respect the rights and individuality of each person and place his or her needs at the center of all that we do.”

“I would like to acknowledge and thank our staff for their dedication and work to obtain this accreditation,” said Kathleen Ryan, MSN, RN, BC, Director of Patient Care Services. “This accreditation lets our patients and their loved ones know that the care they receive here is among the best anywhere, and that we are committed to continue monitoring and improving our quality of care.”

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at UMCP provides intensive, individualized therapies and medical management to people recovering from serious injury or illness to help them regain function and transition to home. Individuals served in the unit include those with disabilities resulting from strokes; craniotomies; neurological conditions; multiple sclerosis; Guillain-Barre syndrome; Parkinson's disease; complex joint replacements; amputations; fractured hips; or major multiple trauma.

Each individual receives a personal evaluation and a comprehensive treatment plan with goals that focus on measurable improvements and the return of vital functions such as balance, mobility, cognition, speech and memory. Care is provided in an on-site gym and a variety of public and home-like settings—including a unique, apartment-style suite within the unit—where people can practice life skills and daily activities in preparation for returning home.

Richard T. Bach, MD, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, serves as Medical Director.

For more information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, click here.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

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