HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona Recognized as a Stroke Center of Excellence


ALTOONA, Pa. - HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona is one of the only 12 hospitals in HealthSouth's network of almost 100 rehabilitation hospitals to be recognized as a 2012 Stroke Center of Excellence. This designation is part of a HealthSouth's internal recognition program to highlight accomplishments in patient outcomes and satisfaction. 

"The award is only achieved through a hospital's tremendous rehabilitation effort and superior patient outcomes made possible by talented staff," said Dexanne B. Clohan, M.D., HealthSouth senior vice president and chief medical officer. "I congratulate the rehabilitation team at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona for their hard work and significant accomplishment."

Hospitals receiving this recognition go above and beyond standards and expectations to provide a vest array of stroke-related programs and services, exceeding established benchmarks in clinical programming and patient outcomes for the treatment of stroke. Some of those benchmarks include the program being led by specially trained personnel including a board-certified physician and certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRN®s). A hospital must be awarded Disease-Specific Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation from The Joint Commission, in order to be eligible for this award. These hospitals also lead the company in patient satisfaction and offer a variety of educational programs to the community.

"Experience in working with stroke patients is critical to achieve excellent patient outcomes and we are thrilled to receive this designation of excellence," said Rakesh Patel, M.D., medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona. "Stroke survivors are one of our largest patient groups, and our hospital has the qualified staff and technologies to assist individuals who have suffered a stroke and their family through the recovery process quickly and effectively."

As a Stroke Center of Excellence, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona is the Altoona community leader in stroke rehabilitation and is dedicated to providing stroke support groups and community education.

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