Blessing Hospital inpatient rehabilitation care receives three-year national accreditation


QUINCY — CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International recently awarded Blessing Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation program a three-year accreditation.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

Blessing Hospital offers the region’s only inpatient physical rehabilitation care. It has held CARF inpatient rehabilitation accreditation continuously since 1998.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

On average more than 300 patients a year have received this care at Blessing during the past three years from the caregiving team of doctors, nurses and certified nurse assistants, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists and aides.

In a press release, Karen Kerns, director of rehabilitation at Blessing Hospital, said, “Our patients come to us at the most vulnerable time in their lives. They have lost their independence after suffering a stroke or due to a neurologic condition or serious injury like a traumatic brain injury. They need to regain their strength and relearn how to perform the activities of daily living. Patients deserve to know they are getting the best care available, nationally recognized care. Blessing Hospital earning CARF accreditation gives them that reassurance and perhaps the extra motivation that will help them to recover.”

For more information on the care provided by Blessing Hospital’s inpatient physical rehabilitation team, go to

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