Only Chicago-area academic medical center to receive CARF Stroke Specialty Program accreditation
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System has become the only Chicago-area academic medical center to be accredited as a rehabilitation stroke specialty program by CARF International.
CARF also has re-accredited Loyola's acute rehabilitation unit for the maximum three years.
CARF International, formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent nonprofit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards.
CARF accreditation ensures that a center conforms to national and international service standards. These standards have been developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations and funding organizations. The peer-review accreditation process includes a site visit from a team of surveyors.
Loyola's stroke rehabilitation unit offers a full range of services to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. Physicians, rehabilitation nurses, therapists, social workers and psychologists work with patients to improve motor function, mobility, gait, speech, coordination and psychological well-being.
"We work hand-in-hand with our neurologists and stroke team to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan for each patient," said Dr. Steve Gnatz, medical director, rehabilitation. "We also connect patients to support groups and rehabilitation services in their communities."
Loyola's stroke rehabilitation unit is closely integrated with its acute stroke unit, which treats patients immediately following a stroke. Loyola has been accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Loyola also has been recognized by the American Stroke Association with its Get with the GuidelinesÂ® Stroke Gold Performance Award.