Northern Dutchess Hospital’s rehabilitation center turns 25, earns reaccreditation

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s  rehabilitation center turns 25, earns reaccreditation


Northern Dutchess Hospital’s rehabilitation center, which has been caring for patients for the past 25 years, recently achieved re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


The hospital’s Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center, built in 1997, received a three-year accreditation after undergoing an in-depth on-site review of by CARF.


“This is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to us,” rehabilitation unit supervisor Carolyn Mayer said. “We put ourselves through a rigorous peer-review process, demonstrating to a team of surveyors during a site inspection our commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of high quality.”


CARF is an independent nonprofit that provides a framework, then advises hospitals on how to improve the quality of rehabilitation care.


The Paul Rosenthal center cares for more than 200 patients annually, who need a higher level of rehabilitation than a skilled nursing facility. After a stroke, brain injury, orthopedic surgery, neurological condition and even severe COVID-19, some patients require around-the-clock nursing care and therapies to regain function.


Dr. Ramazan Pekis, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is the medical director of the center. And, a skilled team provides three hours of physical, occupational and speech-language therapies to patients five-to-six times weekly.


The rehabilitation center offers seven private patient rooms, a spacious therapy gym and a community dining room, as well as pet therapy and more.


For information about CARF, visit For information about rehabilitation at Northern Dutchess, visit or call 845-871-4313 (TTY/Accessibility 1-800-421-1220).