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North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Earns National Honor for Fifth Year

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North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Earns National Honor for Fifth Year

Achieving better patient outcomes than 90 percent of 830 similar facilities nationwide has earned North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital recognition as a 2016 Top Performer from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for the fifth time and third consecutive year. The hospital also earned the Top Performer Award in 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2009.

North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital patients were found to make greater improvements faster, according to UDSMR 2015 data. The UDSMR looks at how patients improve in activities like memory; caring for one’s self; eating, bathing and dressing; toileting and bladder control; and mobility, locomotion, navigating stairs and transfers (i.e., moving from bed-to-chair, tub-to-shower and wheelchair-to-toilet).

In 2015, 508 patients received care at North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital, where they participated in an average of 4 hours of therapy each day of their stay. Eighty-three to 95 percent of the patients achieved their goal, and most were discharged from the hospital after an average stay of 12 days.

Recent North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital patient Joseph Baham of Independence, Louisiana shares, “I was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. I thought I would never walk again. Through many prayers and the wonderful therapists I was blessed with, now I’m on my feet going home in half the time that anyone expected.”

“Our mission is to maximize functional independence for every patient every time,” explains Sybil Paulson, the hospital’s Senior Vice President/Administrator. “This honor is a testament to the staff’s dedication to helping our patients achieve their quality of life goals.”

Patients who may benefit from inpatient rehabilitation often have had a stroke or other brain injury; surgery for joint replacement or other orthopedic or spinal cord injuries; or suffer from neurological disorders, arthritis or other congenital conditions.

North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital is anchored by an 8,000 square-foot treatment area, featuring a kitchen and laundry area for patients to practice daily living skills. The facility also contains a transitional living apartment, therapeutic garden and aquatic center.

UDSMR is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University at Buffalo, the state university of New York. Facilities from all over the world use UDSMR’s measurement system to document how quickly and how completely patients recover when they receive medical rehabilitation. UDSMR provides the most comprehensive rehabilitation benchmarking data in the industry and is the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

For more information, see the “Rehab Patients Celebrate Goals Achieved” photo album at or watch the “Welcome to North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital” video at You also may call North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital at (985) 230-2678 for more information.