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St. Mary’s Center for Rehabilitative Medicine ranked among top 10% in America

ATHENS, Ga. – The Center for Rehabilitative Medicine at St. Mary’s Health Care System has been ranked in the top 10 percent of 870 similar facilities across the United States, based on patient outcomes reported by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2017.

The staff, leaders and Medical Director of St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine
The staff, leaders and Medical Director of St. Mary’s Center for Rehabilitative Medicine

“We are extremely proud of the high quality care provided by our Center for Rehabilitative Medicine,” said Montez Carter, St. Mary’s President and CEO. “Being recognized in the top 10 percent reflects the passion, commitment and dedication of the professionals at every level of our center, from our medical director to our leadership team to our therapists, nurses, and everyone involved in the care of our patients.”

St. Mary’s Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, or CRM, provides intensive physical, occupational and speech-language therapy to help people recover from strokes, accidents, or other debilitating conditions. Patients receive at least three hours a day of therapy, six days a week, in an inpatient setting with 24/7 nursing and medical care.

“We do a tremendous job in helping patients regain their maximum level of function,” said Ashely Cown, Director of Neurosciences, including St. Mary’s CRM. “As the UDSMR report card shows, our measures are significantly better than national averages. That means we are able to discharge more of our patients to home, sooner and at a higher level of function, than 90 percent of similar centers across the U.S. I’m really proud of our people and the care we provide.”

Cown pointed to three measures in particular:

  • 82.5 percent of CRM patients return to home rather than a long term care facility or other institutional setting. The national average is 78 percent.
  • The CRM’s length-of-stay efficiency is 3.2 compared to the national average of 2.77, indicating that patients make functional improvement in less time.
  • Because of that efficiency, the average length of stay is 11.7 days, compared to the national average of 13.2 days.

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. It uses national standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create a report card for participating inpatient rehab facilities across the nation. The goal is to recognize high-performing facilities for delivery of care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

The 2017 rankings were determined using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM). The PEM accounts for each facility’s case mix and patient severity to develop an overall performance score and ranking. The database includes nearly three-quarters of all inpatient rehab facilities in the country. The model allows for “apples-to-apples” comparisons of quality and outcomes.

“To recognize the efficient and effective care it provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to St. Marys’ Center for Rehabilitative Medicine,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. “Development of the PEM Report Card has served as a tool to identify and recognize high-performing facilities, to work with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and to share what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with St. Mary’s and the other top performing facilities to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.”

This is the twelfth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis. The data used for this report were based on 12 months of 2017 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each facility was assigned a percentile rank from 0 to 100 relative to the other qualifying inpatient rehab facility subscribers in UDSMR’s database.

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About St. Mary’s Health Care System

St. Mary’s Health Care System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care ministry whose mission is to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence in the communities it serves. Part of Trinity Health, St. Mary’s puts special focus on neurosciences, cardiac care, orthopedics, general medicine, general surgery, women’s and children’s health, and care for older adults. St. Mary’s includes hospitals in Athens, Lavonia and Greensboro, as well as physician practices, a retirement community, outpatient care facilities, graduate medical education, and a region-wide home health care/hospice service. St. Mary’s is a certified chest pain center, a gold-plus hospital for stroke care, and was named Georgia’s Large Hospital of the Year in 2006, 2010 and 2015. For more information, visit St. Mary’s website at www.stmarysathens.org.

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 UDSMR’s FIM® instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSMR provides exclusive training and support to the agency.

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