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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was named one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the US by UDSMR for 2019

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Recognized as One of the Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitations Facilities in the United States

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital (EVRH) is pleased to announce that it ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for cases discharged between January 2019 and September 2019.

“We are honored for this recognition on behalf of our staff, that works hard to provide our patients the best possible rehabilitative care,” said Connie Longwell, CEO of EVRH. “The nurses, therapists, physicians, and case managers work together with one common goal in mind – for our patients to return to their homes at the highest level of independence possible. What makes our team so special is their caring approach and ability to connect with and motivate the people we serve. Our team understands that our patients and families are going through challenging times, both physically and emotionally. The team is able to bring a high level of compassion and commitment to work with them every day, and our patients and families feel that.”

The rankings were determined by using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM), a case mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all IRFs in the country. UDSMR’s PEM Report Card uses the indicators of efficiency and effectiveness contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ reporting tool for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS). The goal of the PEM Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

“EVRH has earned this award since opening its doors in 2008 (12 years). We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard and we consider it a privilege to serve Casper and the surrounding area with excellent care and quality outcomes. EVRH is the only free-standing IRF in the State of Wyoming,” Longwell says.

“To recognize the efficient and effective care it provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. “As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over thirty years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. The PEM Report Card has served as a tool for identifying and recognizing high-performing facilities, working with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and sharing what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation 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.”

This is the thirteenth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis. The data used for this report was based on nine months of 2019 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each facility was assigned a percentile rank from 0 to 100 relative to the other qualifying IRF subscribers in UDSMR’s database. The resulting distribution of the facility PEM scores for UDSMR’s IRF subscribers exhibited a normal distribution.

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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was named one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Among Nation’s Best…Again!

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 11th year in a row. The hospital’s care was cited as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We are honored to be identified as one of the best inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the United States and the only free-standing IRF in Wyoming,” says Connie Longwell, CEO of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “[This achievement] underscores our tireless commitment to helping our patients return to their greatest level of independence and daily living activities. Our team is devoted to the patients in their care, [they] work hard to create a family-like atmosphere, and create a personalized approach to helping each person throughout their recovery.”

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the top 10 percent among 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Dr. Ryan T. Swan, Medical Director of EVRH. “This recognition for the 11th consecutive year is a testament to the exceptional care our staff brings every day to meet the rehabilitation needs of Wyoming’s citizens.”

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community and surrounding communities is truly rewarding,” Longwell says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 10th year in a row. The hospital’s care was cited as being as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“It is such an honor to be recognized in the Top 10 percent again this year. It’s made more special that it also marks our 10th anniversary,” says Mike Phillips, CEO of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our wonderful team of professionals is passionate about helping our patients reach their full potential. We strive each and every day to provide the highest level of care possible and to work diligently to ensure our patients reach their highest level of independence.”

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients, says Dr. Ryan T. Swan, Medical Director of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “This recognition for the 10th consecutive year is a testament to the exceptional care our staff brings every day to meet the rehabilitation needs of Wyoming’s citizens.”

“It is so rewarding to be able to provide such a high level of care right here in our community so our friends, family and colleagues don’t have to travel out of state and can recover close to home,” Phillip says.

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Provides Nationally Recognized Care To Community for 9th Year in Row

For the 9th year in a row, Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our high quality care for the 9th year in a row,” says Mike Phillips, CEO of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “What is most exciting is that patients right here in Wyoming have access to the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally- right here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Dr. Ryan T. Swan, Medical Director of the hospital. “This recognition for the 9th consecutive year is a testament to the exceptional care our staff brings every day to meet the rehabilitation needs of Wyoming’s citizens.”

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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About Ernest Health

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is part of Ernest Health. Ernest Health provides specialized medical and rehabilitative services to our patients through our rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals. We treat patients who often are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, or from chronic or complex medical conditions.

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Guiding Principles

As our Guiding Principles state, we promote a healing and nurturing environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are first and foremost passionate patient caregivers and team members, connected at our core by the treatment needs of our patients.

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Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team brings extensive healthcare experience to Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. We invite you to meet them and learn more about why they are passionate about healthcare.

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Community Commitment

At Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, we are committed to being good neighbors and responsible corporate citizens in the Casper community.

We do this through not only the healthcare services we provide, but through our philanthropic efforts.

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