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Published on May 11, 2016

Community Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit earns accreditation


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CARFMONTEREY, Calif. — The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has received a three-year accreditation from an international accreditation organization, reflecting the quality of its services to patients who have experienced serious illness or accidents.

The accreditation is the highest level awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International (CARF). The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) underwent a rigorous peer review process, demonstrating to a team from CARF its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

“We are extremely proud of this accreditation, especially given the relative youth of our IRU,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “Since it opened in fall 2013, the IRU has helped more than 400 community residents regain skills and capabilities they lost due to serious illness or injury such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, or amputation.”

IRU patients take part in a minimum of three hours of physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy five days a week, and, depending on needs, may also receive services relating to nutrition, neuropsychology, orthotics/prosthetics, respiratory therapy, wound care, diabetes care, and palliative medicine. The staff also works closely with family members, who are critical to each patient’s success. The goal is to help patients achieve as much independence as possible. Community Hospital’s IRU has been extremely successful at helping the majority of its patients return to the community, with results above national and regional averages.

“We volunteered for this very rigorous process, even though our IRU is a very young program, because we have pride and confidence in our team and in the wonderful support from throughout the entire organization in meeting the 1,000-plus CARF standards,” says Community Hospital Vice President Cynthia Peck, whose division includes the IRU.

The IRU staff is led by Mario Ruiz, IRU director, and Dr. Jihad Jaffer, medical director, and includes physical, occupational, and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and a social worker. They work in consultation with other doctors, dietitians, diabetes educators, wound-care specialists, and others.

“They’re just an amazing group,” says Derek Yonekura, a middle school science teacher from Salinas who went to the IRU after a debilitating stroke. “All the things we take for granted, I had to learn all over again. If not for them, I’d still be in bed.”

To learn more about the IRU, go to To read more about Derek Yonekura’s continuing recovery, go to



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, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at


CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit

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