NCH Inpatient Rehab ranks in top 10 percent for fifth consecutive year


NORTON, Va. – The inpatient rehabilitation unit at Norton Community Hospital (NCH) ranks among the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the country, according to a survey of the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. This is the fifth year NCH has received the honor. 

“I am extremely proud of our team members in the inpatient rehabilitation department for receiving this recognition for the fifth year in a row,” said Dr.Matthew Cusano, medical director of rehab services at NCH. “Our team members work hard to provide the best quality healthcare possible. It is nice to be recognized on a national level for what we do." 

“We have known that our inpatient rehab department has offered great rehabilitation care for people in our community for many years, but to compare us with hospitals throughout the United States and be in the top 10 percent for five years running illustrates just how excellent the care actually is here at NCH,” said Charles “Jibber” Ward, chairman of the NCH board of directors. 

The UDSMR evaluated 797 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. in 2010. The rankings were determined using UDSMR’s program evaluation model, a tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all inpatient rehab facilities s in the country. The UDSMR report card recognizes high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient centered. 

“We are pleased to present this award to Norton Community Hospital for the fifth consecutive year in recognition of the excellent care it consistently provides to its patients,” said Dr. Sam Markello, associate director of UDSMR. “As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over 20 years of experience and data, we have long worked with the industry to establish best practices. We look forward to working with Norton Community Hospital and the other top-performing facilities across the country that rank in the top 10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.”

Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1988, UDSMR administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. 
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