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Published on July 10, 2012

Avera St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center Accredited Again

Avera St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center has again been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for both its Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for adults and its Stroke Specialty Program. Both accreditations are for a three-year period that runs through May 2015.

Avera St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center, the only CARF-accredited rehab facility in the region, has been providing services to Aberdeen and the surrounding area since 1988. Nearly 70 percent of patients admitted with significant physical and cognitive problems return home. Stroke care is a significant component of the center, but the Rehab Center also specializes in the rehabilitative care of patients disabled by spinal cord injury, head trauma, neurological disorders, arthritis, amputations, major multiple trauma, femur fractures and other injuries.

The survey found many strengths:

  • The Rehab Center is supported by an engaged and dedicated team of clinical staff.  Low turnover and a high level of retention promote consistent care.
  • Avera St. Luke’s physical environment is expansive, clean and accessible to patients and their families.
  • The Rehab Center provides a variety of opportunities for staff to receive education through webinars, onsite education, and attendance at conferences.  This ability to acquire knowledge of current research and best practices ensures an optimal level of patient care.
  • Daily team meetings and routine family conferences assure patients are aware of their plan of care at all times. This highly effective communication ensures that patients and their families are prepared for discharge.
  • Senior leadership is very supportive of the Rehab Center as an important part of the continuum of care at ASL.

CARF accreditation includes passing a rigorous peer review process and demonstrating during an on-site visit that programs and services are of the highest quality. CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of people served.