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May 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 11

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St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

 
PHOTO CAPTION: L to R Ricardo Ramirez ACNO, Donna Small CNO, Donna Whalen, director of rehabilitation services, David O’Brien COO, Dr. Bella Chokshi, medical director of the Brain Injury Specialty Care Center, Dr. Claude Oster, physician of rehabilitation services, Dr. Craig Lichtblau, physician of rehabilitation services.
 
April 16th 2019 - CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) awards St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital accreditation for a period of three years for its comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program for adults, comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents, brain injury specialty program and stroke specialty program. 
 
“This accreditation represents the highest level that can be given to an organization, and shows our hospital’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards,” said St. Mary’s Medical Center & Palm Beach Children’s Hospital CEO, Gabrielle Finley-Hazle.  “Receiving this designation speaks to our efforts to offer programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality to this community.” 
 
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process. The organization is also dedicated to continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.  
 
 
About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 460-bed acute care hospital located at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the greater West Palm Beach area for more than 75 years. 
 
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a broad array of adult and pediatric services, including: a Level 1 Trauma Center, a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center and a state-designated Brain and Spinal Cord Acute Injury Center. Additional services include the Neuroscience Center, High-Risk Obstetrical Unit with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the Rehabilitation Institute, the Memory Disorder Center, Kaplan Cancer Center, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Schwartz Kidney Dialysis Center and the Institute for Mental Health. 
 
Pediatric services are provided at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Along with 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency and trauma care, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s medical staff consists of 196 pediatricians in 36 subspecialties. These include limb reconstruction and lengthening at the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, pediatric oncology program, which includes membership in the Children’s Oncology Group - a clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute, and pediatric orthopedics. In addition, in-house pediatric intensivists work with area pediatricians to care for children while staying at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital.  
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association. The hospital has won many prestigious awards, including the Tenet Circle of Excellence award.  To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, visit www.stmarysmc.com, www.palmbeachchildrens.com or call 561-844-6300.
 
 
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