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OGH’s subacute rehab earns certification

Posted on: 11/15/2016

Olean General Hospital’s (OGH) subacute rehabilitation unit has been recertified as a Functional Independent Measure (FIM) credentialed facility by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Buffalo.

FIM, a nationally accepted scale, is used to measure the functional abilities of inpatients undergoing rehabilitation and shows progress over the course of their treatment.

Achieving and maintaining this certification requires 80 percent of staff to pass a certification test every three years. This is the third time OGH subacute rehabilitation achieved this certification, according to Amy Booker, RN, clinical supervisor, subacute rehab at OGH.

OGH’s subacute inpatient rehabilitation program is for patients who need specialized care following an acute hospital stay for medical or surgical reasons and helps them to transition from the hospital to their home, said Jennifer Ruggles, RN, nursing director.

“The FIM is designed to be sensitive to change in an individual over the course of their comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation,” Ruggles said. “This 18-point scale monitors performance levels such as walking, eating and dressing, and other aspects such as mood and cognitive function. By following the FIM scale, we closely monitor our patients to meet all their needs. A healthy patient who doesn’t need rehabilitation has a perfect score of 134. The national average score for a patient upon discharge is 80 and ours is 95.”

To learn more about OGH’s subacute rehab unit, visit

Olean General Hospital is a member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System as is Bradford Regional Medical Center. An integration of two prominent community hospitals in Southwestern New York state and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Upper Allegheny Health System’s goal is the enhancement of each hospital’s mission of care and service to their respective communities with the common goal of improving care, enhancing clinical programs and providing best-in-class service for various health needs.


Wally Thompson, physical therapy assistant, assists Natalie Siclari during inpatient physical therapy at Olean General Hospital.

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