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Philadelphia, Pa. - Magee Rehabilitation Hospital was the first hospital in the nation to request and experience an unannounced combined survey from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In July, surveyors from both commissions came to Magee unannounced to survey the hospital and its various programs. Usually, the two commissions come on separate days. Magee's staff was well prepared for the combined visit and received accreditation from both.

JCAHO awarded Magee it's Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ as a result of the hospital demonstrating compliance with JCAHO's national standards for healthcare quality. The award of accreditation is for a 39-month period.

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic, and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal - to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

CARF awarded Magee a three-year accreditation for the following programs/services: Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, Spinal Cord System of Care, Brain Injury Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, and Stroke Specialty Programs. CARF accreditation is awarded to organizations that demonstrate that the persons served are benefiting from the services.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of healthcare accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in healthcare organizations. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes customer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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