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For release: May 24, 2013

Jim Armstrong 330.344.6083, jim.armstrong@akrongeneral.org

Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Re-Accredited
Three-year re-accreditation indicative of dedication and commitment to quality

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International, has granted Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation a three-year re-accreditation.

“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” wrote Brian J. Boon, PhD, President and CEO of CARF International, in his letter of accreditation. “Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.”

Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation in Cuyahoga Falls is the area’s most experienced accredited provider of rehabilitation services, dedicated to patients who have endured life-altering injuries or illnesses such as stroke, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations or neuromuscular conditions.

“We are pleased to receive this important re-accreditation,” said Anthony Hayek, DO, Medical Director of Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation. “I am proud of the positive, collaborative and nurturing atmosphere set by the entire staff which leads to an outstanding patient experience and extraordinary clinical outcomes.”

Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation received accreditation for hospital inpatient programs for adults, children and adolescents; for inpatient rehabilitation for brain-injured adults, children and adolescents; for inpatient rehabilitation for adult stroke patients; and for single discipline and interdisciplinary outpatient medical rehabilitation programs for adults.

“I am grateful to the entire leadership team for their commitment and passion, and for their demonstrated dedication to providing outstanding care,” said Thomas Whelan, President, Community and Specialty Hospitals, Akron General Health System. “This re-accreditation is a testament to the hard work and caring shown by each and every Edwin Shaw physician, nurse and employee.”

Among the strengths listed by CARF International, Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation was lauded for being unique in having:
  • A specialized driver rehabilitation program to help get patients back behind the wheel
  • Comprehensive addiction medicine and substance abuse treatment services
  • Magnet nursing status, indicative of quality nursing care
  • An experienced brain injury rehabilitation program with highly credentialed staff
  • Comprehensive stroke rehabilitation programs providing a complete continuum of care
  • The Challenge Golf Program that helps rehab patients return to playing the game

“This re-accreditation magnifies the outstanding care, programs and services provided every day by our physicians, nurses, clinicians, technicians, allied health professionals and entire staff,” said Lynne Blinco, PT, Associate Vice President, Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation. “I am proud of the superb care they offer to our patients.”

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.



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