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Summa Rehab Hospital Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Date: 08.21.2013
Contact: Jim Gosky Phone: (234) 312-5052

AKRON, Ohio, August 21, 2013 – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has accredited Summa Rehab Hospital for a period of three years for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs-Hospitals (Adults) program. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Summa Rehab Hospital.  

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization, and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has also demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

“We are very proud to have achieved this high-level accreditation receiving exemplary conformance based on our design, safe practices and patient accessibility,” said Cheryl Henthorn, chief executive officer of Summa Rehab Hospital. “Our multi-disciplinary team approach enables us to provide the best treatment and services available within an environment specifically designed with the patient and caregivers needs in mind.”

Summa Rehab Hospital, a partnership with Vibra Healthcare, opened in January 2012. Conveniently located on the Summa Akron City Hospital campus at 29 N. Adams St., the 24/7, three-floor, freestanding rehabilitation facility is dedicated to inpatient acute rehabilitation led by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of physicians, nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists and case managers.

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About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at

About CARF

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 that centers 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 the CARF website at