The Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation, the first and only comprehensive rehabilitation center of its kind for the Upper and Mid-Shore region, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a reunion of past patients who have received care from the state of the art facility.
Originally opened at The Memorial Hospital at Easton in 2007, the Requard Center is the only acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the Mid-Shore and one of only two such rehabilitation facilities on the Eastern Shore. Since its opening five years ago, the Requard Center has served 3,000 patients recovering from an accident, injury, surgery, or illnesses such as a stroke. It is named in honor of Eleanor Requard and her late husband, Thomas, who donated $1 million to the Memorial Hospital Foundation for the center in 2007.
“To have a full service rehabilitation program close to home is such an asset to our community,” says Andrew McCarthy, MD, Medical Director for the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation.
Dr. McCarthy adds, “Our patients can get the medical care they need while maintaining daily contact with their network of friends and family. When someone is in rehabilitation following an illness or an injury, it is challenging for them and their loved ones to travel for medical care. With the Requard Center located centrally here on the Mid-Shore, people take comfort in being close to home and are able to more easily transition back into their daily activities after a hospital stay.”
Tuesday’s celebration was also in recognition of the center’s recent reaccredidation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a second three-year period. CARF accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a rehabilitation facility. To earn this three-year accreditation, the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation’s staff participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of CARF surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services meet the highest quality standards. The center was first accredited in 2009.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services provided in hospitals and nursing homes.
“We are very proud of our staff for their ongoing dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the patients whom they care for on a daily basis,” says Bill Roth, Senior Director for Rehabilitation Services for Shore Health. “This is a very special day for us and we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional care to our friends and neighbors here on the Mid-Shore.”
The 20-bed comprehensive rehabilitation center provides a full range of services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Requard Center operates under the direction of Andrew McCarthy, MD, a board certified neurologist and skilled rehabilitation specialist recognized as a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation medicine. The center’s healthcare team includes specialists in rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, case management and psychology.
The Requard Center consists of a specialized rehabilitation gym, a dedicated life skills learning center and an activities of daily living apartment, which is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, sink and laundry. Private and semi-private patient rooms and a multi-purpose dining area are designed to facilitate independence and socialization.
Individuals are admitted to the Requard Center from home and from acute care hospitals, nursing homes and emergency rooms. The center’s program addresses the medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals aged 18 and older, who are experiencing impairments from many health conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Guillain-Barre, multiple trauma, amputations, brain injury, spinal cord injury, hip fractures and other orthopedic conditions.
To learn more about the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation, visit www.shorehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/requard.shtml.
In photo above: Staff from the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation pose with Mrs. Eleanor Requard (seated in green chair, center), during a celebration held to honor the Requard Center’s fifth anniversary and reaccredidation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
In photo: Mayor Robert Willey, left, presents a proclamation from the town of Easton to Bill Roth, Senior Director for Rehabilitation Services for Shore Health, center, while Ken Kozel, President and CEO for Shore Health, looks on.