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Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Treatment at TIRR Memorial Hermann:

2104 Winter Center Building

A Conversation with William Donovan, M.D., and Matthew Davis, M.D.

William H. Donovan, M.D., is widely known for his expertise in treating people with spinal cord injury and amputations. After joining the TIRR Memorial Hermann medical staff in 1980, he served as director and principal investigator of the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System grant, awarded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

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MESSAGE FROM THE CMO

2014 Winter Dr FranciscoTIRR Memorial Hermann takes an active role at the local, state, national and international level in advocating for people with activity limitations and participation restrictions.

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Cory Smith Rises to the Challenge

In May 2012, Cory Smith, a straight-A student and star basketball player at Clear Springs High School in Houston, suffered a severe intracranial empyema, an infection that arises most commonly as a complication of sinusitis or otitis, particularly in males in later childhood, adolescence or early adulthood.

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Opening a High-tech Inpatient Unit

State-of-the-art therapy equipment, private rooms, a visually stunning environment and a “neighborhood” design characterize TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodland’s new 18-bed inpatient unit. “The rooms are designed with an overhead power lift system that allows patients to ambulate from the bed or wheelchair to the ...

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Combining the Tried-and-True with Innovation

TIRR Memorial Hermann’s new 15-bed patient care unit is allowing the rehabilitation hospital to further advance its unit-based team care model. In addition to private rooms, the new unit includes a therapy gym, community dining room, family lounge, private consultation rooms and offices for nursing, therapy, neuropsychology, social work and case management.

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Expanding the International Rehabilitation Program

For years physicians from around the world have referred patients to TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation. With 5 percent of inpatients arriving from other countries and an even higher number of outpatients from abroad, the hospital has formalized its international referral process and put together a core team to work with international clients.

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Profile in Caring: Cullen Gibbs

Cullen Gibbs, Ph.D., was an undergraduate majoring in journalism at the University of Houston when an elective psychology course sparked an interest that led him down a very different career path. Today, he works as a clinical and rehabilitation neuropsychologist in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Challenge Program, which has a long track record of.

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Residents’ Quality Improvement Projects Aim To Improve Care

Five teams of residents at TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Baylor/UTHealth Alliance for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are engaged in quality improvement projects that will benefit patients by streamlining processes for greater efficiency and improving the quality of care. Among them is an ongoing project focused on improving resident sign-out and patient handoff using a secure online ...

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ACCOLADES

TIRR Memorial Hermann was featured as an ROI Case Study in the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence™ e-Newsletter distributed on October 10, 2013. The hospital’s outcomes were cited as “continually exceeding expectations” with a below-average fall rate, a five-year track record of no cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)...

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IN PRINT

Adair C, Phillips D. Seven Meaningful Days. Educational session presented at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Sugar Land, Texas, November 2013

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POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Davis LC, Sander AM, Bogaards JA, Pappadis MR. MPAI-4 discrepancy ratings of abilities predict memory and executive functioning performance after traumatic brain injury. Presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orlando, Fla., November 2013.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

When I was recruited to TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2006, one of my first tasks was to guide an independent rehabilitation hospital as it transitioned to its new role as a member of the 12-hospital Memorial Hermann Health System. I felt the great sense of responsibility that comes with being entrusted with a national treasure.

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Featured in this Issue

Rhonda Abbott, PT
Administrative Director
Director of Therapy Services and Clinical Programs
Brain Injury and Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury and Specialty Rehabilitation Programs

Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, PT, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
UTHealth Motor Recovery Laboratory at TIRR Memorial Hermann

Victor H. Chang, M.D.
Clinical Director, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
Associate Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Monica Crump, M.D.
Medical Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands
Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Matthew Davis, M.D.
Clinical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

William H. Donovan, M.D.
Former Medical Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Former Chair, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Gerard E. Francisco, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Director of the UTHealth PM&R Motor Recovery Laboratory at TIRR Memorial Hermann
Professor and Chair, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Cullen Gibbs, Ph.D.
Clinical and Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist
Co-director, Return-to-School Program
Challenge Program

Carl Josehart
Chief Executive Officer
System Executive for Rehabilitation Services

Jacob Joseph, M.D.
Clinical Chief of Specialty Rehabilitation Programs
Medical Director of International Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Joyce Leverenz, CRC
Clinical Coordinator, Challenge Program
TIRR Outpatient Rehabilitation at Kirby Glen

Sandra Lloyd, RN
Director of Marketing and Business Development

Meilani Mapa, M.D.
Attending Physician, Brain Injury Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of PM&R, Baylor College of Medicine

Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D.
Investigator, Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann
Senior Investigator, Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, Baylor College of Medicine

Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM
Senior Scientist and Director of Research
Clinical Professor of PM&R, Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Mikael Simpson, OTR
Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands

Heather B. Taylor, Ph.D.
Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research, Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Baylor College of Medicine

Salam Waqialla, M.D.
Marketing Coordinator for International Relations

Kaki Young, RN, CRRN
Clinical Manager, Inpatient Rehabilitation
TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands