Rehab center earns reaccreditation

Lauren Randall, Staff Writer, Greenwood Commonwealth

The Leflore Rehabilitation Center has been awarded a three-year reaccredidation for its acute inpatient rehabilitation program.

Regina Givens, program director for the center, said the unit is very proud of this accomplishment given by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

“It represents the highest level of accreditation for a rehab unit. That is what we want to demonstrate to the community – that our rehab center is dedicated to making sure that we provide that care to our patients,” Givens said.

CARF International, founded in 1966, “establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services,” according to a Greenwood Leflore Hospital press release.

Givens said these standards include a range areas, including leadership, budget, staff and quality of care.

The accredidation survey was conducted over a two-day period in February and involved interviews with staff and physicians and reviewing documentation and reports. Givens said the unit was notified March 30 of the accreditation, and it will last until April 30, 2021.

Not all rehab units are required to have this accreditation.

“It is a choice that we made to show that our facility is held to certain standards. Greenwood Leflore Hospital made that choice to do that for this rehab unit,” Givens said. “It is not a requirement, but for some insurance it is required because it shows that we carre about the patients that we receive here and the type of care.”

The Leflore Rehabilitation center, located on the third floor of the hospital, provides acute nursing and therapy in physical, occupational and speech services.

It was previously managed by Rehab Care before being run in-house, Givens said. Now it is a 20-bed facility with all private rooms, a gym and a transition apartment and admits patients seven days a week. It also takes patients referred by family, friends and others. Dr. Charles Nause Jr. and Dr. Henry Flautt Jr. are the center’s medical directors.