Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke, Brain Injury and Amputee Rehabilitation

5-day review yields a deficiency-free survey at all four inpatient rehabilitation hospitals – Salem, Nashua, Manchester, and Portsmouth

(Salem, NH – 6/6/22) – Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification of its Stroke, Brain Injury and Amputee Rehabilitation Programs by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards in all three areas. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Certification recognizes health care organizations for their efforts in select disease-specific areas of care. Organizations who volunteer to participate in the certification process are evaluated every two years on how they are using clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge. Northeast Rehab first earned Joint Commission certification for its Stroke Program in 2007. Since then, the organization has achieved certification for Brain Injury (2013) and Amputee Rehabilitation (2015) and has achieved recertification at every subsequent review.

The most recent recertification resulted from a week-long onsite review that included all four of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital’s inpatient facilities – Salem, Nashua, Manchester, and Portsmouth. During their visit, the Joint Commission reviewer evaluated each hospital’s compliance with related certification standards including program management, supporting patient self-management, delivering and facilitating clinical care, use of clinical practice guidelines, and ensuring staff competence. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews for all three disease-specific care certifications at all four of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital’s inpatient facilities.

“Disease-Specific Care Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for patients receiving rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury and amputation.”

“Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital was founded in 1984 by Howard M. Gardner, M.D. who called upon his experiences as an army neurosurgeon to help patients affected by an unexpected illness or injury rebuild their lives,” said John Prochilo, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer. “The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification provides a framework for hospitals to follow as we strive to deliver continuously reliable care. We are proud to be part of this exceptional review program and committed to giving our patients the best possible experience and opportunity for recovery.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

About Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network:

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network includes four acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals – located in Salem, Portsmouth, Manchester, and Nashua – that provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to help individuals who have been affected by an unexpected, life-changing injury or illness rebuild their lives. Custom recovery programs for stroke, brain injury, amputation, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries and orthopedic conditions are provided at each of these locations by a comprehensive clinical care team consisting of dedicated hospitalists and physiatrists; RNs; physical, speech and occupational therapists; and specialty physicians. All four hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission and have also earned Disease-Specific Care Certification for brain injury, stroke, and amputee rehabilitation. Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network opened its flagship location in Salem, NH, in 1984 under the leadership of Howard M. Gardner, M.D. Since then, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network has grown to include over 20 outpatient centers, a sports medicine division, an outpatient pediatric division and many other services for those in need of rehabilitation.