Accreditation & Outcomes


Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the following:

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Stroke Specialty Program
CARF Accreditation logo

SKY Rehabilitation is also an accredited Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP) for the Stroke Specialty Program.

COLA Accreditation logo Our lab is also accredited by COLA, a physician-directed organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and patient care through a program of voluntary education, consultation, and accreditation.
Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the Kentucky Division of Licensing and Regulation. The Joint Commission National Quality Approval accreditation logo


Southern Kentucky (SKY) Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to high quality patient care with specialized services to meet the individual needs of each patient served.  In 2012, our rehabilitation team treated 1,533 individuals in need of comprehensive rehabilitation services.  The average age was 70 years (3 adolescents, under the age of 18) with 39% male and 61% female.  Patients at SKY received, on average, 3 hours of therapy per day.  The information below provides further description of the types of patients served and their satisfaction with the services they received.

Diagnostic Breakdown of Individuals Served:

Pie chart - patients served (by diagnosis)

In 2012, the largest population of patients served at SKY were those recovering from orthopedic injuries (43%), followed by general medical complications (35%) and stroke (14%).

Average Length of Stay:
The average length of stay varies by diagnosis groups and is established accordingly to meet the individual needs of each patient.  Within the first few days of rehabilitation, the interdisciplinary team provides input to the rehabilitation physician to establish an individualized plan of care with the expected length of stay.  The information below represents, on average, the length of stay for patients by diagnostic category.

Line graph - average length of stay by diagnosis

Discharge Disposition:

Pie Chart - Percent of patients discharged to community, acute care, or nursing facility

The primary goal of acute rehabilitation is to improve functional independence and teach the skills necessary for each patient to return home or to a community setting.  In 2012, 74% of patients returned to the community, 9% transferred to an acute care hospital due to unanticipated medical complications, and 17% went to a skilled nursing facility for continued care.

Patient Satisfaction:

Bar chart - Patient Satisfaction rate is 95%

The rehabilitation team at SKY is committed to providing high customer service to meet the needs of each patient during their rehabilitation stay. The goals for each patient are discussed upon admission and reviewed in terms of progress and goal attainment on no less than a weekly basis.  96% of patients surveyed at time of discharge were satisfied in their meeting their rehabilitation goals.  In addition, 95% of patients reported positive satisfaction with their overall experience at SKY Rehabilitation Hospital.