Newport News, VA— Riverside Rehabilitation Institute (RRI) is pleased to announce that their Stroke Rehab Program was awarded Specialty Certification for Stroke Rehabilitation and maintains the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for health care accreditation by demonstrating compliance and maintaining standards of patient care established by The Joint Commission (TJC). This designation compliments the high-quality of rehabilitative care that RRI brings to the community of Hampton Roads.

Riverside Rehabilitation Institute (RRI) is a 50-bed, full-service physical rehabilitation facility located on the Hampton Roads waterfront in Newport News, Virginia. RRI is the only hospital on the Peninsula dedicated to physical rehabilitation and the hospital is an integral component of Riverside Health System. Riverside Health System is a comprehensive health care delivery system with over 9,000 employees striving to provide the highest quality health care. The inherent strength of Riverside and RRI is its employees, whose dedication and commitment to quality provide a superior rehabilitative experience for those patients recovering from a stroke.

"We are very excited about this designation," said Dr. Renee Moss, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Medical Director for Riverside Rehabilitation Institute (RRI). "This confirms our commitment to excellence and expertise in our comprehensive rehab care of patients and families affected by stroke in our community," she said.

Specialty Certification for Stroke Rehabilitation: What it Means for Riverside Patients RRI's Stroke Rehabilitation Program is overseen by board-certified physiatrists who specialize in rehabilitation and coordinate the plan of care specific to the needs of each individual. The interdisciplinary team at Riverside Rehabilitation Institute has extensive education and training to provide exceptional evidence-based quality care to patients affected by stroke. Joint Commission Certification is a voluntary process that challenges the organization to elevate its standard of care and demonstrate its commitment to providing the highest level of care.

"This achievement is a direct result of our entire team honoring our commitment to the Riverside Care Difference by delivering the highest quality evidence-based care, support and service to stroke victims and their families throughout our community," said Ed Heckler, Administrator of RRI. "Achieving this certification shows patients and referring physicians that we are committed to providing unparalleled rehabilitative services for stroke patients in the Hampton Roads region," he said.

For acute rehabilitation hospitals, this certificate of distinction is awarded only to those programs that comply with the highest national standards for safety and quality of stroke rehabilitation. This designation demonstrates a commitment to excellence in providing stroke rehabilitative services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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Published: December 19, 2014