Hutchinson, KS – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has
granted a three year accreditation to the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Hutchinson
Regional Medical Center.
CARF is an internationally recognized healthcare accreditation organization headquartered in
Tucson, Arizona. CARF granted the designation after a two day on-site visit to Hutchinson
Regional Medical Center earlier this year.
Serving patients from throughout south central and western Kansas along with others from as
far away as Washington, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center shares the distinction of CARF
accreditation with only two other Kansas hospitals in Lawrence and Gardner.
John Linn, OT, MHA/MBA, and Program Director, said the overall objective of the 11-bed
Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit is to increase the functionality of patients who are afflicted
with a cross section of health issues. These may include, but are not limited to trauma, strokes,
respiratory, cardiovascular and infectious illness.
“We work with a large number of patients to manage complex medical issues. Our primary goal
is to provide care to our patients so they can return to their homes and as quickly as possible,”
Linn said. “The accreditation is a testimonial to our staff for their efforts to provide the highest
level of care.”
A staff of approximately 20 healthcare professionals is responsible for the day-to-day operation
of the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
Brian Boon, PhD, President and CEO of CARF, said the accreditation is an indication of
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of
lives of persons served by the hospital.
“Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice
excellence,” Boon said. “Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of
Kevin Miller, F.A.C.H.E., President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System,
lauded his healthcare team for achieving a highly coveted accreditation.
“I am immensely proud of our healthcare professionals who stand as a model for what can be
accomplished by a group whose motto is teamwork and a willingness to work hard to achieve
the next level of excellence,” Miller said. “It goes without saying that CARF accreditation is a
designation healthcare facilities throughout the nation strive for.”
Miller announced a celebration is scheduled for July 14 to include all Hutchinson Regional
Healthcare System employees to recognize Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit for their efforts to
achieve CARF accreditation.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is a member of the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare
System. Other members include Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and
HomeCare of Reno County, Ray E. Dillon Living Center and the Hutchinson Regional Medical