Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute Awarded Advanced Stroke Certification

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute recently received The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for stroke rehabilitation, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for stroke patients. The award was given after a rigorous on-site review by an expert evaluator.

This award recognizes how committed we are and how well we provide rehabilitation following a stroke,” says Richard Schulz, Chief Executive Officer at Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute.We want to provide hope and quality of life to our community members who have experienced this debilitating event. For many, it’s their only chance at returning back to families, friends and daily routines.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina had the 6th highest stroke death rate in the nation in 2010 and is among a group of Southeastern states with high stroke death rates referred to as the “Stroke Belt.” Stroke resulted in almost 15,000 patients being hospitalized in South Carolina in 2012. This past year at Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, almost 82 percent of their stroke patients return to normal activities within their communities, which is 10 percent above the national average.

Certification through the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Program is voluntary and available only to stroke programs in Join Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. Certification requirements address three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
  • Organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Stroke continues to be highly prevalent in our community and often is a life changing event for the stroke survivor and his or her family,” Schulz says. “We feel it’s our obligation and privilege to continue to improve services to stroke survivors in Spartanburg and its surrounding areas.