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Published on February 19, 2015

Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital earns prestigious reaccreditation

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital, the region’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital, has earned a prestigious reaccreditation for its inpatient adult, amputation and stroke specialty programs.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has reaccredited the 43-bed facility, located within Wacccamaw Community Hospital, for three years.

“We are very proud to once again have received CARF accreditation,” said John LaRochelle, Georgetown Hospital System’s vice president of NextStep Services. “It shows that we have gone above and beyond the normal certification process.  These specialty certifications for our stroke and amputation programs mean that we have the specific programs and training to provide quality outcomes for our patients.”

Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital is one of six CARF-accredited facilities in South Carolina, one of three CARF-accredited stroke rehabilitation facilities in the state and one of just two CARF-accredited amputee specialty facility in South Carolina.

The rehabilitation hospital, which is the only one of its kind along the Grand Strand, provides acute rehabilitation services in an inpatient setting for patients who have been discharged from the hospital but who could benefit from additional physical, occupational or speech therapy. Individuals who might be eligible for admission to Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital include patients recovering from a stroke, major joint replacement, limb amputation or complex orthopedic procedures. Patients not only receive traditional rehabilitation in the form of occupational, speech, or physical therapy but also learn how to modify their environment to help improve quality of life and help them more fully return to function after an injury or illness.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, founded in 1966, is an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services.


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