Polk’s Only Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Facility Achieves Prestigious Accreditation Status

Lakeland, FL – When your loved one has a stroke or suffers multiple injuries in a motor vehicle accident, having a high-quality inpatient physical rehabilitation center nearby can make all the difference in recovery.

As Polk County’s only inpatient acute physical rehabilitation facility, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine is pleased to announce it earned prestigious accreditation status through 2022 from CARF International.

“Our team at the Bannasch Institute works diligently to help our courageous patients regain independence and live fulfilling lives,” said Jill E. Haladay, DPT, MPH, GCS, Lakeland Regional Health Chief Rehabilitation Officer. “We are so thrilled to earn this national recognition for the high level of care we deliver to our patients and their families.”

Service providers earning CARF accreditation are recognized for their ongoing innovation and continued conformance to standards. The rigorous accreditation process includes an on-site survey conducted by peer surveyors, which includes interviews with leadership, human resources, team members, patients and their families and community constituents as well as observation of service delivery practices and reviews of documents and records.

“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” said Brian J. Boon, PhD, CARF International President and CEO. “Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards. Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.”

The Bannasch Institute provides inpatient physical rehabilitation for those recovering from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, major multiple traumas, neurological issues, cardiac conditions, amputations, pulmonary conditions and complex pain. This 32-bed unit is situated on the sixth floor of the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Campus and is designed to maximize patient safety through use of an integrated ceiling track lift system for patients with reduced mobility who are at risk for falls. This lift system is location in patient rooms, patient bathrooms and selected areas on the unit. All patient rooms are private and feature more than 300 feet of space designed for patient and family comfort. The design allows for shared clinical space to facilitate clinician and team collaboration and simplify access to care. The Bannasch Institute features a large physical therapy gym designed with innovative technology for treatment of neurologically and physically impaired patients, and a landscaped outdoors rehabilitation space allows patients to practice mobility and enjoy the outdoors.

The rehabilitation program is tailored to each individual, providing the best chance possible for recovery. Patients and families partner with a dedicated team of specialized physicians, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, rehab coaches, care coordinators and neuropsychologists who work to help those in need become the heroes of their own journeys to recovery and healing.


About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.


About CARF International

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of health and human services for Opioid Treatment Programs, Medical Rehabilitation, Child and Youth Services, Behavioral Health, Aging Services and Employment and Community Services.