April 2, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Dodd Hall Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital is among the first in the world to be accredited as a “Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Program” by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, including medical rehabilitation.
“Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s Dodd Hall Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital is the first in Ohio, the second in the country and the third in the world to receive this new 'gold standard' accreditation for oncology rehabilitation services,” said Dr. W. Jerry Mysiw, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “This new accreditation is the result of work by many hands, heads and hearts working collaboratively at Dodd Hall’s inpatient hospital along with The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, to provide the best quality care for our cancer patients.”
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s rehabilitation services also have been accredited by CARF International for three years in these programs: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Specialty, Spinal Core System of Care, Stroke Specialty, Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation, Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation, Outpatient Brain Injury Specialty and Outpatient Spinal Core System of Care.
“Our programs are recognized by CARF as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcomes measures,” said Mysiw, who is also medical director of Rehabilitation Services. “As part of Ohio State's Neurological Institute, we provide rehabilitation services to about 250 cancer patients each year, ranging from acute in-patient cancer care to outpatient care.”
Rehabilitation services available for cancer patients include physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapy, along with complementary and alternative therapies such as music and art therapy and aromatherapy. In addition, patients and families are encouraged to attend educational classes designed to help them adjust to life after a cancer diagnosis.
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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737; Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu