HealthSouth Receives Pennsylvania's First Award for Excellence in Healthcare Compliance by the Department of Health

10/18/2012

DOH Award

Pleasant Gap, PA - Acting Secretary of Health, Michael Wolf, presented HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Gap with the state's first award for "Excellence in Healthcare Compliance" today.

This hospital was one of seven of the state's 244 healthcare facilities, and the only one in the region, to receive this award during National Healthcare Quality Week.

"As the industry regulators, we understand the importance of indentifying best practices and recognizing the strengths that we have here in Pennsylvania," said Wolf. "This new award was developed to identify facilities demonstrating excellence in meeting state regulations and positively reinforce those actions."

The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children's hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts approximately 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.

Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.

"I am extremely honored to accept this first-of-its-kind award on behalf of our physicians and employees who support our hospital's mission every day by providing high quality healthcare and an excellent patient experience," said Susan Hartman, CEO of HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. "The Pennyslvania Department of Health sets high standards for us to achieve and I am proud that we have earned their trust through this award."

About HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is a 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatinet and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Centre region, the hospital is located at 550 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap and on the Web at www.NittanyValleyRehab.com.

About HealthSouth 
HealthSouth is the nation's largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of revenues, number of hospitals, and patients treated and discharged. Operating in 27 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth's hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitation care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.HealthSouth.com.

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