Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Campus Survey Acknowledges High Level of Collaboration, Training, and Care

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international accrediting body focused on helping organizations measure and improve the quality of their inpatient rehabilitation programs and services, has re-accredited the inpatient programs at Rusk Rehabilitation through September 2016 for the maximum three years. This accreditation recognizes the Medical Center’s success in delivering high-caliber patient-centered care and validates the organization’s drive to meet and exceed nationally and internationally accepted standards of care. 

“We are pleased to receive this CARF accreditation, as it is a reflection of the high caliber of care that Rusk stands for, and the excellence of our comprehensive rehabilitation services available across the spectrum of clinical care at NYU Langone,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center. Rusk Rehabilitation, formerly located in the Rusk Institute building on 34th Street, now provides world-class rehabilitation care at multiple locations throughout NYU Langone, including its Schwartz Health Care Center, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Ambulatory Care Center, and the Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

Rusk received CARF re-accreditation for the following programs:

  • Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Pediatric Specialty Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Adult Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs 
  • Adult Stroke Specialty Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

“NYU Langone is proud to continue the world-class standards of care developed by Dr. Howard A. Rusk, the father of rehabilitation medicine, and receiving CARF accreditation reinforces the strong history and commitment to specialized rehabilitation medicine and science across Rusk,” said David Dibner, senior vice president, Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone. “As the delivery of healthcare evolves, rehabilitation specialists are performing new and critical roles to help patients return home, reengage in the community, and get back to their lives sooner. The CARF accreditation is a testament to the success of all our staff across multiple areas of specialty in meeting these changing needs.”

Of note, the CARF survey report highlighted that NYU Langone is at the forefront of healthcare changes with its visionary thinking and leadership expertise. The passion for changing how healthcare is delivered is evident, especially in light of the remarkable focus on the development and support for research. CARF also reported that clinical staff members in all program areas demonstrate exceptional dedication to providing quality care. Additionally, Rusk was recognized for its exemplary conformance to standards during recent hurricane evacuations. 

“Our clinical rehabilitation teams are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for those recovering from musculoskeletal, neurological, and brain injury conditions,” said Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor and chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone. “We pride ourselves on our expertise in delivering multifaceted, coordinated care, from physical, cognitive, and occupational therapy to nursing, psychology, social work, and more. We strive to take care of the whole person, including their social and emotional needs, in helping them to recover from illness or injury.”  

Rusk Rehabilitation was among the first hospitals in the nation to earn a three-year CARF accreditation for a stroke specialty program. NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation is ranked best rehab program in New York State and among the top 10 in the country, an honor held for 24 years since U.S. News & World Report first introduced its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings in 1989. 

The Medical Center is home to one of only sixteen traumatic brain injury model systems in the country (and one of only two in New York State) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the main federal agency that supports applied research, training, and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.