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Marianjoy Brain Injury Programs Receive Highest Accreditation from CARF

Contact: Karen Tornberg, 630-909-7105 or ktornberg@marianjoy.org, for more information, access to Marianjoy medical experts, patient stories and photographs

Wheaton, IL (September 20, 2007) The inpatient brain injury programs for adults and children at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital have been awarded a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded, representing Marianjoy’s commitment to excellence in providing services for brain injured persons.

According to the CARF report on the brain injury programs at Marianjoy, “The interdisciplinary brain injury team members are well qualified and focused on the promotion of a positive environment. The organization has a strong philosophical approach to working with families and persons served who have survived brain injuries, and this approach is integrated into all aspects of their treatment programs.”

CARF surveyors made no recommendations, which signifies that they did not identify any areas of nonconformance to the standards. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, as only three percent of CARF surveys result in no recommendations.

“This is the ultimate achievement for the Marianjoy Brain Injury Program and its dedicated team of clinicians. Countless hours of preparation go into attaining this accreditation. CARF was truly impressed with our program, and that is a testament to our incredible staff,” said Kathleen Yosko, Marianjoy President and CEO.

The Marianjoy Brain Injury Program is led by Dr. Nelson Escobar, who is also on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. The program concentrates on treating patients with brain injuries due to trauma, cerebral hemorrhage, infection, tumors, and oxygen deprivation. Marianjoy leaders are working closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to best serve returning veterans who have traumatic brain injuries, polytrauma, and other injuries requiring treatment in an accredited brain injury rehabilitation program.

Marianjoy recently opened its new $60 million, 120 all private room replacement hospital in Wheaton – a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. The new flagship facility features uniquely designed accessible gardens, a labyrinth, chapel, and a meditation room. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital was founded 35 years ago by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, and maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Dedicated to the delivery of physical rehabilitative medicine, Marianjoy also provides programs for community re-entry including driver and vocational rehabilitation. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, which owns and operates more than 100 health and shelter service organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.