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Why Rehabilitation Accreditations Matter for Patients, Families

“We focus on partnering with children and their families during their rehab journey. Maybe it’s a new state of health or a new normal. We want them to experience family life, childhood and the everyday things children deserve to be doing. Ultimately, we are helping patients and families realize their potential.” 

– Karen Brill, vice president of patient care at Gillette 

Gillette Children's has a history of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation and our pediatric brain injury specialty program. This accreditation is especially meaningful for the children we serve because Gillette is one of only eight hospitals in the country with these designations.

A “Gold Standard” Hospital  
CARF, an internationally recognized accreditor, surveys hospitals like Gillette every three years. CARF surveyors interview staff, patients and their families; observe our practices, and review our quality and safety data. They complimented our patient-first culture, our teamwork, and our forward-thinking leadership. One surveyor called Gillette the “gold standard” for quality.

It means one thing: Patients can access the resources and skilled care providers to help maximize their independence in the face of medical challenges.  

Rehabilitation Leads to Major Gains 
Karen Brill, vice president of patient care, adds that feedback from families validates CARF’s accreditations. “Families tell us how they consider Gillette their home away from home and how their child made gains they never thought possible. We’re proud to share those comments with CARF.” 

As one of the largest pediatric rehabilitation programs for children and teens in the Upper Midwest, Gillette draws patients from throughout the U.S. who need comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation following brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, serious illnesses, and recovery from complex surgeries.