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Our CARF Accreditation

  • CARF gold seal

    Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital has achieved a second consecutive three year accreditation from CARF International for our adult, children and adolescent, and stroke specialty programs. This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and demonstrates our substantial conformance to internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

    It is a testament of our hospital’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons we serve. Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital takes great pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.

    Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital is a free standing medical rehabilitation hospital, which opened at its current location in 2010. We evaluate, diagnose and treat patients of all ages offering a broad range of services spanning stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, orthopedics and general rehabilitation.

    Patients are typically referred to PSHR from an acute care hospital or long-term acute care hospital. However, our clinical liaisons work with patients and physicians to provide patient access to our rehabilitation hospital from any setting.

    In order to participate in the program, patients must:

    • Need multiple therapy disciplines, at least one must be physical or occupational therapy
    • Be able to tolerate therapy three hours per day, five days per week
    • Be medically stable
    • Be able to actively participate in and benefit from the rehabilitation plan

    While we have no maximum limit on admission to the rehabilitation hospital, we are unable to admit patients requiring ventilator assistance.

    The admissions team works with a variety of funding sources to minimize or eliminate any financial barriers to accessing our rehabilitation hospital. Patients are notified of any fees or financial responsibility prior to admission.

    Within the first 36 hours of admission, patients are introduced to their rehabilitation team which includes physicians, nurses, dietitians, case managers, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Additional staff may be added as necessary and could include: respiratory therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists or specialty physicians. A treating physician may also prescribe a neuropsychologist to assess the patient for behavioral and mental health concerns that have an impact on recovery.

    Patients at PSHR are also initially assessed for activity limitations, including daily life activities such as self-care, mobility using a wheelchair or walking, ability to negotiate the community and the ability to return to vocational activities.

    Care plans are developed for every patient to help them progress. Nursing services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Therapy services are provided at least 3 hours per day, 5 days per week, which often includes therapy on weekends

    PSHR works with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Medical Center) and other providers to deliver comprehensive care including:

    • Pharmacy with medication management and education*
    • Consultations with specialty physicians*
    • X-ray and dialysis services utilizing a contracted service*
    • Lab services (processed at Medical Center)*
    • Specialty procedures and advanced diagnostic imaging, i.e., MRI, CT

    As part of the rehabilitation care plan, we coordinate and provide transportation to the Medical Center in the case of medically necessary appointments. In addition, all of PSHR’s physiatrists are employed by the Medical Center, allowing continuity of care between each level of service.

    Our goal is always to provide the patient with the opportunity to achieve their highest level of independence. The case management team works with patients and their care givers to develop the most appropriate discharge plan. Follow-up services are usually recommended to ensure that patients continue to accomplish their goals and reduce risk of hospital readmission.


    *Onsite services