Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital recently received The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for Brain Injury rehabilitation, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for brain injured patients. The award was given after a rigorous on-site review by an expert evaluator.
“This certification recognizes how committed we are to being the best at what we do in providing rehabilitation services to individuals who have experienced a brain injury,” says Judy Baum, Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation. “We are passionate about continuously improving what we do and how we do it to so that our patients can regain their quality of life and return to our community. For many, it’s their only chance at returning back to family, friends and daily routines.”
In the United States, brain injuries are a grim public health threat. Every year, there are 1.7 million people who suffer from brain injuries. The most common cause of brain injury is falls, which tend to happen more with children under the age of 14 or with adults older than 65 years of age. Motor vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of brain injury. Dr. Alan Berman, Medical Director for Mountain Valley, states, “Great strides are being made in ways to prevent strokes and brain trauma. We must be equally aggressive in finding the best treatments for people who have experienced these injuries. Certification is the first step in developing the expertise that is necessary to maximize our efforts.”
Certification through the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Program is voluntary and available only to Brain Injury programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. Certification requirements address three core areas:
- Compliance with national standards.
- Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to optimize care.
- Organized approach to measuring performance in patient safety, patient satisfaction and patient outcomes; and then consistently improving that performance.
“A brain injury often is a life changing event for the brain-injured survivor and his or her family,” Baum says. “It is our privilege to serve these individuals and our obligation to achieve these high standards. This is what we are all about at Mountain Valley!”