Health care spotlight

May 17, 2010

Employee of the Quarter named

Joel Grinder has been named the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2010.

Grinder has worked with the Health Department since 1995, when he began as a direct care worker in the agency's Catoctin Substance Abuse Program, a residential substance abuse program for adolescents. He subsequently assumed the position of associate counselor lead with the program.

His selection reflects an acknowledgment of his professional competence as well as his personal commitment to the clients the program serves.

CASA receives certification

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County has recently been awarded renewed Certification of Membership status by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.


This certification is renewed from a 2005-06 Membership Application and Compliance Review, and is effective until April 2014. It recognizes that the Washington County program is in compliance with National CASA's Association's high standards for quality child advocacy, scoring a 97 percent cumulative compliance rating.

Total Rehab programs have been accredited

CARF International announced that Total Rehab Care, a department of Washington County Hospital, has been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs:

Inpatient rehabilitation programs - located at the hospital (adults, children and adolescents; brain injury program adults, children and adolescents)

Interdisciplinary outpatient medical rehabilitation programs - located at Robinwood (adults, children and adolescents; brain injury program adults, children and adolescents)

The latest accreditation is the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Total Rehab Care.

This accreditation decision represents that highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

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