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2024 TBI Outpatient Program team at CARF accreditation

Congratulations to the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program for successfully completing their three-year renewal of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accredited as a Brain Injury Specialty Program since 2017, this shows continued excellence in patient care and creating a positive impact on our TBI community.

During its recent site survey at Hennepin Healthcare in May 2024, CARF evaluated more than 3,000 different standards, which included the new program requirements.

CARF® International, is an independent nonprofit organization. In medical rehabilitation, accreditation means an organization provides evidence -based practices and person-centered care that enhances the functional ability and qualityCarf Goldseal Accreditation of life of persons with lived experience of a disease, disorder, or injury. CARF accreditation implies quality, safety, and best outcomes.

Dr. Min Graf 2021 TBI Outpatient Program

Dr. Min Jeong Park Graf, 2021

This year’s unique accreditation– led by TBI Outpatient Program Medical Director and Chair of Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Dr. Min Jeong Graf & Allison Carolan, TBI Outpatient Program Manager– afforded Hennepin Healthcare the incredible opportunity to the first program or organization in the world to pilot and earn accreditation in Concussion Rehabilitation Program standards in addition to achieving re-accreditation for its Brain Injury Specialty Program, for both adult and adolescent populations.  We are grateful for this incredible opportunity to pilot the new standards alongside CARF International.

Dr. Sarah Rockswold with a patient 2014

Dr. Sarah Rockswold with a patient, 2014

While the CARF concussion standards are brand new to the medical rehab world, the TBI OP program has been treating mild & moderate TBI for decades.  The TBI Outpatient Program was developed twenty years ago this year It was originally called The Mild to Moderate Brain Injury Program, founded by Dr. Sarah B. Rockswold, former medical director.  Dr. Rockswold is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. She continues to be very active in research and is a co-investigator in the HOBIT trial.

“We are honored to continue this tradition of excellence in outpatient TBI care here at Hennepin, as a flagship program in our community and beyond.” said Carolan.

“Our patients remain the driving force behind all we do,” said Dr. Graf, “Nothing is more fulfilling than being part of a dedicated team with passion and expertise, with a shared goal of  improving the lives of a patient who has experienced a TBI and is now living — and thriving – thanks to receiving professional care. We are also grateful for the resources and partnership with CARF during this successful journey.

This achievement demonstrates our excellent teamwork, where each individual team member is committed to providing dedicated and passionate care to our patients who live with a brain injury. 

This fall, the TBI Outpatient Program will recognize this twenty-year accomplishment with a celebration with current and past staff, current and past patients and community partners.