HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona Receives National Recognition for Patient Care


ALTOONA, Pa. - HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The hospital ranked in the top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2011.

UDSMR is a non-profit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. to determine the rankings, UDSMR uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital's rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patient' progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the sixth year that UDSMR has issued the awards.

In 2011, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona is pleased to report that: 

  • The average length of patient stay was 13.7 days. 
  • 78 percent of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona’s patients were able to go home at discharge.
  • 92 percent of patients surveyed said they would recommend HealthSouth – Altoona to family and friends.
  • It holds disease-specific certification by The Joint Commission for its brain injury rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, spinal injury and stroke rehabilitation programs.

"Our UDSMR ranking allows us to benchmark our performance against national data and confirms our ability to help our patients achieve excellent outcomes," said Scott A. Filler, Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona. "The rehabilitation programs and services at our hospital help patients reach a higher functional level in a shorter period of time, which helps them to return to normal life more quickly."

The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2011 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 791 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR database.


The Joint Certification

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Becoming a Patient

Our hospital provides care for those who are ready to be discharged from a hospital but not ready to return home. Treatment and care is designed to bridge the gap between hospital and home. Anyone who is limited functionally from an injury or illness can benefit from rehabilitation.

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