LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Jan. 4, 2024) – Arkansas Children's Hospital’s (ACH) Inpatient Rehab Program earned in December the highest recognition awarded by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. The three-year accreditation means Arkansas Children’s Hospital has met the highest standards in quality improvement, focusing on the unique needs of each patient and monitoring the results of care.

Arkansas Children’s demonstrated to a team of CARF International surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and excellent. This recognition marks the first time Arkansas Children’s Hospital has earned the accreditation, which is active through 2026.

“Rehabilitation is a crucial piece of assuring children can reach their true potential after surviving a catastrophic injury or illness,” said Dr. Rick Barr, executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer for Arkansas Children’s. “This accreditation tells families what we have long been confident about: Arkansas children are receiving world-class care as their recovery journey continues at ACH. The physicians, nurses, therapists and ancillary teams devoted to our Inpatient Rehab Program excel at helping these children get back to simply being kids.”

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital offers family-centered, evidence-based care. Its inpatient rehabilitation includes a 10-bed unit that focuses on collaboration among many specialties to deliver excellent holistic care.


Arkansas Children's is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Arkansas Children’s is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven pediatric subspecialties (2023—2024): Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit