ERIE – Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf today presented HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie with the state’s award for “Excellence in Health Care Compliance,” an award recognizing the efforts of delivering consistent quality care to the citizens of the Commonwealth. HealthSouth was one of six selected for the award out of 216 health-care facilities in the state and the only one in the northwest region of the state.
During the presentation, Wolf highlighted Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan.
“Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the one-year anniversary than by honoring facilities that are excelling at these goals,” said Wolf. “We established these awards three years ago to recognize facilities that go above and beyond to provide top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve.”
The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide, including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children’s hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts about 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.
Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.
“This award represents the collective work and effort of our team at HealthSouth, from admission to discharge, to provide the highest quality of care to our patients,” said HealthSouth Erie’s controller and interim CEO Lori Gibbens. “Today’s health-care environment is incredibly demanding with ever-changing obstacles. However, we remain committed to our patients, focusing on what’s important — the patient, family and their outcome.”
For more information about HealthSouth of Erie, visit www.healthsoutherie.com.