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Finger Lakes Health News 2014
Geneva General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit Ranked in Top 4% in the Nation
Geneva General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) was recently recognized by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for the unit’s patient outcomes ranking in the top 4% when compared to similar facilities and programs nationally.
ARU received a “2014 Top Performer Award” from UDSMR in honor of its high level of performance and outstanding rehabilitation program excellence. Of the past eight years, the unit has been awarded this honor seven times.
In recognizing Geneva General Hospital, the Uniform Data System had evaluated 774 qualifying facilities using its Program Evaluation Model. UDS’s goals in evaluating programs nationwide are “to identify and recognize facilities that perform at a high level, to work with them to learn how they achieve high performance, and then to share what is learned with others to elevate the performance of all.”
Geneva General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit serves patients following a stroke or other neurologic condition, amputation, polyarthritis, or orthopedic injury or surgery. Performance outcomes are based on improvements in a patient’s Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score between admission and discharge. The degree of FIM improvement and the ability to reduce the patient’s length of stay (LOS) constitute the core outcome metrics used by UDS in evaluating the unit’s overall performance and the level of efficacy of its programs. With the UDS award comes the unique privilege of being a mentor organization to other acute rehabilitation centers in the United States.
Deane Butler, Director of Rehabilitation Services, states “we are pleased to have been honored again in this way by the Uniform Data System organization. One of the measures used was the percentage of patients that return home after they have completed an inpatient rehabilitation program. The national average of patients returning home after a rehabilitation program is approximately 77% and our average is 89%. Our staff is extremely gratified by this recognition and our patients reap the benefits”.
Additional information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, its rehabilitation programs and its successful outcome measures can be obtained from Judy McTigue, BS, Assessment Coordinator, at Geneva General Hospital. Ms. McTigue can be reached at (315) 787-4475.
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