The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), now known as CARF International, announced that the MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has once again been accredited for a period of three years for its inpatient rehabilitation program – the seventh time in a row.

The MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute received this accreditation in recognition of its commitment to quality improvement, focusing on the unique needs of each patient, and monitoring the results of services. Service providers who are granted this accreditation are proven leaders in improving the quality of their services, demonstrating value, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

The MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center’s mission is to help patients recover from acute neurological conditions, traumatic injuries or debilitating illnesses and regain quality of life and independence. This accreditation is a demonstration of our care team’s dedication to quality improvement and constant focus on delivering the best patient and family centered care.

Jason R. Koh, D.O., co-medical director, MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process.   The MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute 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.

“Our rehabilitation team has put in great work to make sure our patients receive the highest quality of care to get back to their lives quickly,” says Joe Kim, M.D., chief medical officer, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. “We are proud that their hard work has not gone unnoticed and is being celebrated.”

Rehabilitation centers that are accredited also must submit a quality improvement plan within 90 days of the accreditation outcome. The quality improvement plan outlines actions that have been or will be implemented in response to the areas for improvement detailed in the CARF’s report. This step is taken to ensure organizations continue to improve its services and standards to provide quality rehabilitation care for patients.