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                   Marianjoy Inpatient Brain Injury Programs
                   Receive Highest Accreditation from CARF

Wheaton, IL (September 20, 2007) –The inpatient brain injury programs for adults and children at
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital have been awarded a three-year accreditation from the Commission on
Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is the highest level of accreditation that can be
awarded, representing Marianjoy’s commitment to excellence in providing services for brain injured

According to the CARF report on the brain injury programs at Marianjoy, “The interdisciplinary brain
injury team members are well qualified and focused on the promotion of a positive environment. The
organization has a strong philosophical approach to working with families and persons served who have
survived brain injuries, and this approach is integrated into all aspects of their treatment programs.”

CARF surveyors made no recommendations, which signifies that they did not identify any areas of
nonconformance to the standards. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, as only three percent of
CARF surveys result in no recommendations.

“This is the ultimate achievement for the Marianjoy Brain Injury Program and its dedicated team of
clinicians. Countless hours of preparation go into attaining this accreditation. CARF was truly impressed
with our program, and that is a testament to our incredible staff,” said Kathleen Yosko, Marianjoy
President and CEO.

The Marianjoy Brain Injury Program is led by Dr. Nelson Escobar, who is also on the Board of Directors
of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. The program concentrates on treating patients with brain
injuries due to trauma, cerebral hemorrhage, infection, tumors, and oxygen deprivation. Marianjoy leaders
are working closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to best serve

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returning veterans who have traumatic brain injuries, polytrauma, and other injuries requiring treatment in
an accredited brain injury rehabilitation program.

Marianjoy recently opened its new $60 million, 120 all private room replacement hospital in Wheaton – a
state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. The new
flagship facility features uniquely designed accessible gardens, a labyrinth, chapel, and a meditation
room. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital was founded 35 years ago by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters,
and maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics
throughout the Chicago area. Dedicated to the delivery of physical rehabilitative medicine, Marianjoy
also provides programs for community re-entry including driver and vocational rehabilitation. Marianjoy
is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, which owns and operates more than 100 health and
shelter service organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.


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