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Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico awarded Spinal Cord Injury Certification from The Joint Commission

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Cord Injury Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for Spinal Cord Injury. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on July 25, 2019. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, selecting and analyzing quality performance measures, and delivering and facilitating clinical care specifically designed for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Spinal Cord Injury Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for Spinal Cord Injury patients.”

“Our team is privileged to care for those that have gone through extremely difficult, life-changing events and to be able to keep their care close to home,” says Sabrina Martin, chief executive officer of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. “Spinal Cord Injury Survivors require highly specialized care and our team dedicated themselves to earning this certification to help these survivors, in our region. I am so proud of the hard work put forth by our hospital and very proud to be the first Spinal Cord Injury program certified by The Joint Commission in our entire company.”

In preparation for this certification survey, staff training and competency for clinical and non-clinical staff was completed and is ongoing. Education includes elements of the program such as Critical Practice Guidelines, bowel, and bladder program, signs and symptoms of Autonomic Dysreflexia, and positioning to prevent skin breakdown. All Spinal Cord Injury Survivors are placed in the Transitional Outcomes Program for follow up for at least 30 days after discharge. A Spinal Cord Injury patient education manual was developed, as well as a 3-day checklist, to guide the interdisciplinary core team in assessment and implementation of care components upon admission.

To assist with community reintegration and preventing readmissions, the Spinal Cord Injury team instituted a community support group and established a peer support list provided to the patients upon discharge.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

 

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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 12th year in a row. The hospital’s care was cited as being as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Sabrina Martin, CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. “We have graciously been recognized as a top performing facility for many years now, but we never take it for granted. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about helping patients reach their full potential through the care we provide. We work daily to ensure patients are reaching their highest levels of ability and independence.”

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“If you take into account that a national study has previously shown that inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide better long-term results for patients, being ranked at the top of that group validates the quality of care we provide,” says Dr. Kimberly Encapera, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, referencing a study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute that showed patients treated in inpatient facilities experienced improved quality of life as compared to skilled nursing facilities.

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community is truly rewarding,” Martin says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico also will collaborate with peers throughout the nation to share information and establish best practices for patients. “This helps elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States,” Martin says.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico Provides Nationally Recognized Care to Community for 11th Year in Row

For the 11th year in a row, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“What this means to the community and region is that we’re providing the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States,” says Sabrina Martin, CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. “Patients and their families don’t have to leave the area to receive the latest in clinical protocols – we’re providing it here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“This national ranking speaks highly of the commitment and dedication of our employees and medical staff,” Martin says. “Our staff is passionate about helping patients return home at their highest possible levels of function and independence. For anyone who has ever had a family member or friend needing healthcare, that matters. We consider it a privilege to be able to provide this higher standard of care to our community.”

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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