April 1, 2007
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has awarded the Medical Rehabilitation Center at CAMC a three-year accreditation, the most prestigious level of accreditation possible, for the following programs:

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs

Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Stroke Specialty Programs

Spinal Cord System of Care

This recognition makes CAMC the only medical center in West Virginia and the tri-state region with a Joint Commission Stroke Center of Excellence and CARF accredited stroke specialty program. In addition, CAMC is home to the only CARF accredited programs in brain injury rehabilitation and spinal cord system of care in West Virginia.

“We are committed to providing the best possible services to our clients,” said Peter Americo, program director for CAMC rehabilitation services. “This accreditation demonstrates that we hold ourselves to higher standards for all of our rehabilitation programs.”

This accreditation was the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation CAMC’s Medical Rehabilitation Center has achieved.

CARF is considered the gold standard and premiere accrediting body for rehabilitation programs. Facilities that are CARF-accredited must meet stringent international standards. The most interesting thing about CARF, however, is that it is a voluntary accreditation. This means that organizations seeking CARF accreditation spend their own time, money and efforts to undergo the in-depth assessment and review that the organization demands.

“It's the best way to ensure that you're providing the highest quality of care for your customers,” Americo said.

CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body promoting quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the patients served.
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