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North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Earns CARF International Re-accreditation

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, better known as CARF International, has announced that North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital has been re-accredited with no recommendations – an accomplishment achieved by only 3 percent of facilities surveyed worldwide.

North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital

This latest re-accreditation applies to the hospital’s adult inpatient rehabilitation and stroke specialty programs. It is the eighth consecutive voluntary 3-year accreditation that CARF International has awarded to North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital since the facility’s inception in 1995.

Our mission is to maximize functional independence for every patient, every time,” explains Sybil Paulson, the hospital’s administrator. “Re-accreditation is a testament to the staff’s dedication to helping our patients achieve their quality of life goals.”

North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital is the only facility of its kind in a seven-parish area accredited by CARF International. It is also home to one of only five CARF-accredited stroke specialty programs in Louisiana.

An 8,000 square-foot treatment area, featuring a kitchen and laundry area for patients to practice daily living skills, anchors the hospital. A transitional living apartment, therapeutic garden and aquatic center also are among the hospital’s amenities with a rehabilitative purpose.

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 diagnosis of a neurological disorder, arthritis or other congenital conditions.

CARF International’s decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the commission’s standards. An organization receiving a 3-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.

CARF International 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.

Founded in 1966, CARF International establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

For more information, call North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital at (985) 230-2678.