HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Awarded Four Certifications From The Joint Commission


PLEASANT GAP, PA – HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has earned certification for Disease-Specific Care in four key programs: Heart Failure, Brain Injury, Stroke, and Parkinson’s Disease. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. 

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diagnoses of Heart Failure, Brain Injury, Stroke or Parkinson’s Disease,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

To earn these certifications, the four rehabilitation programs underwent an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The programs were evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the programs’ processes, the programs’ ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“By choosing to have The Joint Commission evaluate our programs, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. The Joint Commission certification provides us a framework to take our hospital to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Susan Hartman, CEO of HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “This is a major step toward continually improving the care we provide to offer our patients peace of mind knowing they are getting quality care at the industry’s highest standard.”

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For more information on The Joint Commission and its certification programs, visit 

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

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 rehabilitative 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 

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