August 24, 2010
The Partners In Rehab Medical Rehabilitation Unit (MRU) at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, has been recognized as one of the top inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. For the second year in a row, the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) ranked the hospital’s MRU in the top 10 percent of more than 800 qualifying inpatient rehabilitation facilities, making it the only facility in Western New York to achieve this standing.
UDSMR uses a results-driven program evaluation model (PEM) to identify and recognize facilities like Kenmore Mercy for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.
“This ranking validates what patients and associates already know, that Kenmore Mercy’s MRU delivers high quality care while making each patient’s optimal functional goals a priority,” said Angelo Ventresca, Director of Partners In Rehab MRU.
Patients recovering from specific diagnoses, such as stroke, hip fractures, multiple fractures or complications from neurological conditions like Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis, require specialized care to regain lost function and independence. Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s inpatient MRU provides that care, as well as a higher level of rehabilitation than found at a subacute/short-term rehab facility.
MRU patients at Kenmore Mercy have access to daily, on-site physician monitoring and expert rehabilitation nursing services 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. They also receive care from experienced therapists, many of whom are board-certified specialists or doctors of physical therapy, and are cared for by a higher RN (Registered Nurse) to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) ratio than found at a subacute facility.
This is the fourth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis.
Violist Leslie Bahler suffered a left frontal hemorrhagic mass which incapacitated the left side of her body. Here she works with Kenmore Mercy occupational therapist Suzette Deguehery. Leslie recently helped the hospital celebrate the UDSMR Award by performing at the awards ceremony.