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2015 News

Published on May 04, 2015

Community Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
ranks in top 10 percent nationally for patient-centered care

Greater gains in independence skills than seen at most peer facilities 


Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505 

MONTEREY, Calif. — In just its first full year of operation, Community Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) ranked in the top 10 percent of 783 facilities nationwide for providing care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

“This is a particularly remarkable achievement given that our unit has only been open since late 2013,” says Cynthia Peck, vice president of Community Hospital. “This recognition reflects the dedicated work of our multidisciplinary staff and its commitment to helping severely injured patients regain as much of their independence as possible.”

The IRU, a 13-bed unit at Community Hospital, provides intensive therapy to patients with neurological issues such as stroke and other traumatic brain injuries, as well as those with multiple trauma, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, and other debilitating diagnoses.

The top-10 ranking for 2014 is from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), which collects data nationwide that measures the severity of patient disability and the results of medical rehabilitation. The data helps identify rehabilitation units whose successful practices can be adopted by others.

The key measure of success is improvement in functional independence — being able to perform tasks and functions related to every-day life. Community Hospital’s IRU patients’ average gain topped regional and national peers. They showed an average improvement of 34.2 points compared to 29.6 regionally and 29.7 nationally. They also had shorter stays in the unit and more were able to return home rather than going to a care facility than patients regionally and nationally. The average Community Hospital stay was 12.6 days, compared with 14.1-day averages in both the region and nation. Some 82.6 percent were discharged to their home from Community Hospital, compared with 79.8 percent regionally and 76.7 percent nationally.

“We look forward to working with Community Hospital and the other top-performing facilities across the country that rank in the top-10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities,” says Troy Hillman, manager of the analytical services group at UDSMR.

Community Hospital’s IRU patients work with a multidisciplinary team that includes a doctor; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; rehabilitation nurses; and a social worker who serves as case manager. Team members work in consultation with additional doctors, dietitians, diabetes educators, wound-care specialists, and others. Patients participate in an intensive schedule of rehabilitation therapy, a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week, individually tailored to their skills and needs.

In a survey by Community Hospital, patients gave the IRU high marks — 4.7 points out of a possible 5.

“A remarkable group of caring individuals,” one wrote. “Very impressed with all aspects of IRU.”


Learn more about the IRU at or call (831) 625-4757.


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at


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