Rebound Behavioral Health of Lancaster earns national accreditation

dworthington@heraldonline.comDecember 24, 2013 

— Rebound Behavioral Health of Lancaster has been accredited by the Joint Commission for meeting national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation followed a thorough survey of hospital operations, Rebound CEO Bruce Melosh said Tuesday.

Rebound is a 42-bed hospital specializing in substance abuse and behavioral health treatment on U.S. 521 just north of the city of Lancaster. The hospital opened for patients on Oct. 17.

The commission’s accreditation team visited Rebound on Dec. 12 to check for for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Rebound Behavioral Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., the commission’s chief operating officer for the Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations.

The commission accredits about 20,000 health care organizations and is generally acknowledged as one of the industry’s standards. The accreditation is for three years.

Melosh said the hospital is averaging about 12 patients a day, split between those who are referred because of suicidal tendencies or people with substance abuse problems needing detox services.

The average stay for those with suicidal tendencies is between seven and 10 days, he said.

Parent company Acadia Healthcare invested about $8 million to buy and renovate buildings on the 50-acre site just east of Van Wyck in Lancaster County.

Rebound employs about 45 people, Melosh said. The hospital intends to add between 15 and 20 registered nurses and health care technicians. Melosh noted that January, February, March and April are historically the busiest months for hospitals specializing in substance abuse and behavioral health.

Rebound officials had projected they would need 75 people for the 24-hour-a-day operation.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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