Allied Services, John Heinz receive state awards

BILL O’BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

October 23, 2013

WILKES-BARRE TWP. —Allied Services Rehab Hospital and the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine are two of seven health-care facilities to receive the state Department of Health’s “Excellence in Health Care Compliance” award, recognizing the delivery of high-quality care.

On Wednesday, Secretary of Health Michael Wolf presented the awards to the two facilities, operated by Allied Services Integrated Health System, at ceremonies at each hospital. They were selected out of 220 health-care facilities in the state and the only two in the northeast region of the state.

Wolf said the awards represent 100 percent compliance and a record that is “deficiency free.” He said he felt he should visit the sites to offer his congratulations.

“It is a remarkable achievement for a health system to have one facility, let alone two, receive this award,” Wolf said. “This award signifies the positive contributions and hard work of those who deliver top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve.

Wolfe said Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians and he said it’s important that we recognize those facilities that are excelling at these goals.

Bill Conaboy, president and CEO of Allied Services Integrated Health System, said the awards represent the good work done by employees of both facilities every day.

“We’re honored that our rehabilitation hospitals have been recognized as part of this very select group of award winners,” Conaboy said. “These awards reflect the hard work and expertise of our clinicians, caregivers and support staff.”

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.

To view hospital surveys from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit www.health.state.pa.us and select “Hospitals” under the “Facilities, Providers and Managed Care Plans” tab.