Inpatient Rehab Program at MCMC Awarded Re-Accreditation by CARF

MCMC is one of only three accredited adult medical inpatient rehabilitation
facilities in Oregon, and the only one in the Gorge

Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation program has once again has earned a three-year, full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent nonprofit that accredits rehab programs in the U.S. and around the world. Accreditation means MCMC meets the most rigorous international standards, so Gorge patients do not have to travel to Portland for the highest quality treatment.

“The experience of being cared for at a large hospital for a traumatic illness or event can be very stressful on patients and their family,” said Lindsay Couch-Lederer, SLP, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MCMC. “Many patients don’t know that they have a choice of where they go when they are ready for rehabilitation. We are so pleased to be able to offer this high-quality service right here in the Gorge. Obtaining this certification every three years is testament to our team’s dedication and commitment to caring for and improving the lives of the patients we serve.”

The inpatient program is designed to increase independence for patients who have suffered serious or acute illnesses or injuries, including stroke, femur or hip fractures, brain injury and amputations. Accreditation is only granted to rehabilitation centers that go through a demanding evaluation process, including peer review and on-site visits. To achieve accreditation, programs must demonstrate a commitment to the highest quality programs and treatments and offer measurable results.

More than 90 percent of patients at MCMC’s inpatient rehabilitation program discharge back to the community, and outcomes for daily living activities, walking and communication exceed regional performance.

Founded in 1901, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. For more information visit To learn more about MCMC Inpatient Rehabilitation, click here.