HealthSouth Nittany Valley Receives National Recognition for Patient Care


Pleasant Gap, PA – HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for the third consecutive year. The hospital ranked in the top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2012, 2011 and 2010.

UDSMR is a non-profit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. To determine the rankings, UDSMR uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital’s rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patient’s progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the seventh year that UDSMR has issued the awards.

In 2012, HealthSouth Nittany Valley is pleased to report that:

  • The average length of patient stay was 12.9 days.
  • 75.9 percent of HealthSouth Nittany Valley patients were able to go home at discharge.
  • It holds disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission for its Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Stroke Rehabilitation, Heart Failure and Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation programs.

“Our UDSMR ranking allows us to benchmark our performance against national data and confirms our ability to help our patients achieve excellent outcomes,” said Susan Hartman, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Nittany Valley.  “The rehabilitation programs and services at HealthSouth Nittany Valley help patients reach a higher functional level in a shorter period of time, which helps them to return to normal life more quickly.”

The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2012 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 789 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR database.


About UDSMR: Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1988, UDSMR administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. CMS has adopted the UDSMR FIM™ instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSMR provides exclusive training and support to the agency.

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 the Centre region and five surrounding counties, the hospital is located at 550 West College Ave., Pleasant Gap, and on the Web at Outpatient Clinics are located in Pleasant Gap, Mifflintown and Lewistown. 

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues, and number of hospitals. 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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