Ernest Health Hospitals Recognized Among Top 10 Percent of Rehabilitation Facilities in United States

Cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered

Eleven Ernest Health hospitals recently were ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States.

Ernest Health provides inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services through 14 hospitals located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Each hospital is managed locally to best meet the needs of each community.

The national ranking was provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education. The UDSMR ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely. Ernest Health’s hospitals were ranked this past year out of 783 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide.

UDSMR administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, providing common language and measurement tools to monitor patient results. The data used for the most current ranking was based on 12 months of information from 2014 from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were combined and weighted into a score, and each facility was then assigned a percentile rank.

“It’s an honor to have our hospitals recognized nationally as leaders in rehabilitative care,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “For many, this is a recurring accomplishment. I believe it’s a reflection of the serious commitment of our employees and local leadership to the communities they serve. They continually strive to provide high quality rehabilitative care to patients and family members.”

Brockette says that the staffs’ efforts not only raise the level of care in their local communities, but nationwide as well.

“Through UDSMR, our hospitals collaborate with peers across the United States to share information and establish best practices,” Darby says. “This elevates the level of rehabilitative care for everyone. It’s a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated and committed group of health care professionals.”

Ernest Health was founded in 2004 and has been providing specialized rehabilitative services to patients since 2005, when the first hospitals opened. Ernest Health’s rehabilitation hospitals treat thousands of patients every year who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, such as strokes, orthopedic, brain and spinal cord injuries. The hospitals also treat individuals with chronic illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.