Bay Pines Earns New 3-year Accreditation for Rehabilitation Programs - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines Earns New 3-year Accreditation for Rehabilitation Programs

March 1, 2018

BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has earned a three-year accreditation from the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The three-year accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. Bay Pines programs and services awarded with the accreditation include:

  • Employment Re-Entry Service
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – VA Supported Housing (VASH) program
  • Homeless Program
  • Substance Abuse Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Program
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Integrated Recovery Residential Program
  • Center for Sexual Trauma Services Residential Program
  • Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Program  

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 it’s programs and services are of the highest quality.

This survey is important to the healthcare system because it serves as preeminent standards. Standards developed by CARF are patient centered, field-driven, state-of-the-art, and nationally accepted for rehabilitation services in both large and small community and hospital-based organizations. CARF also ensures that existing and new rehabilitation programs continue to demonstrate commitment to quality of care and positive health outcomes.

“The achievement of receiving a new, three-year accreditation supports the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our nation’s Veterans,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

“As outlined in our strategic plan, we strive to be a five-star health care organization in the quality delivery of health care services as well as satisfaction. Our CARF accreditation illustrates our continuous efforts and dedication to providing the very best care for America’s Veterans.”

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. To learn more about CARF, please visit:

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About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,200 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to more than 110,000 Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at