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Community Integration: Getting People Back to the Lives They Love

Most physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals agree that full participation in society – or community integration – is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation. While much has been written on the topic, defining what community integration means to the individual learning to live with a “new normal” remains a challenge.

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2014 Winter Dr FranciscoReturning people to active and productive lives in the community is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation. It’s also the foundation on which TIRR Memorial Hermann has built its programs since its founding 55 years ago.

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Breaking the Ice

Therapeutic recreation encourages creativity, promotes social interaction and helps patients recovering from spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury work on enhancing their functional abilities. At TIRR Memorial Hermann, therapeutic recreation specialists, occupational therapists and ...

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Expanding the TIRR Memorial Hermann Continuum

The Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network, affiliated with TIRR Memorial Hermann, has partnered with University Place, a Memorial Hermann adult living community, to offer the full continuum of transitional rehabilitative care for patients who require short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and therapy following hospitalization.

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Wes Brown: Back on the Road Again

Wes Brown was hauling a load of saltwater from an oilfield in East Texas to a nearby disposal site when the tires on the rear axel of his 18-wheeler hit a pothole and bounced onto the shoulder of the road. As he tried to center his trailer, the steer tire on the passenger side hit another pothole, causing the saltwater to sway to the right side of the tank.

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Handbook on the Neuropsychology of TBI

Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM, and Angelle Sander, Ph.D., are editors of a new handbook compiled to provide practical information to neuropsychologists and others practicing in the field of brain injury medicine. Called the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury, ...

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Growing Movement of Peer-based Community Programs

The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program at TIRR Memorial Hermann has been the primary provider of technical assistance and training for the independent living field for well over three decades. More recently, over the past 15 years, ILRU has become an important resource to a larger group of organizations and states engaged in ...

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Profile in Caring: Emily Potter, OTR

“We don’t always have a choice in what happens to us in life, but we always have a choice in how we handle the situations that arise. My job is to provide the education and resources my patients need to be able to move forward and live life to the fullest.” The words of Emily Potter, OTR, ...

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Mike McCormick: A Stroke of Luck

In June 2013, Mike McCormick was finishing up a long week of work when a friend called and asked him for help moving some heavy items from her old house to her new home. “We worked for several hours and somewhere around midnight, as soon as we were done, I had a stroke,” McCormick says. “She immediately recognized my symptoms and called 911. Afterwards I thought how lucky I was. I could have been driving home.”

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Patient-reported Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Clinical trials of interventions to improve outcome after traumatic brain injury (TBI) have typically used objective measures as the key study outcomes. Such measures were selected based on the judgment of the investigators as informed by their clinical experience and knowledge of the previous literature on TBI. Examples of such outcomes include survival, ...

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News of Note

Heather Taylor, Ph.D., director of the Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann, and Glendaliz Bosques, M.D., pediatric rehabilitation consultant at the hospital, are co-principal investigators of a new study to evaluate spinal cord injury (SCI) outcomes instruments in pediatric patients. The multicenter study is funded by a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

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David B. Arciniegas, M.D., was named recipient of the 2015 Mitchell Rosenthal Award for scientific and clinical achievement in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. The award will be presented at the 39th Annual Williamsburg Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference to be held in April 2015. The Rosenthal Award was established in 2008 by the ...

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Victor Chang, M.D., Allison Clark, Ph.D., Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Kacey Maestas, Ph.D., Angelle Sander, Ph.D., and Mark Sherer, Ph.D., APBB, FACRM, attended the 14th Annual Galveston Brain Injury Conference (GBIC), an invited forum that ...

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Goldberg TA, Pandya DA. Evaluation of Inpatient Pharmacist-managed Warfarin Dosing Protocol. Presented at the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Seminar, Houston, April 2014.

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As a national leader in rehabilitation, we stay focused on growing our educational programs to provide training opportunities for professionals around the country. In June, we hosted 80 therapists, nurses and case managers at our 2014 Spinal Cord Injury Symposium, “Advancing Wellness and Independence After Spinal Cord Injury.”

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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

Jessica De La Rosa, PT, D.P.T., NCS.
Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation, TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation

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

Lex Frieden
Director, Independent Living Research Utilization
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth 
Adjunct Professor, Department of PM&R, Baylor College of Medicine

Erin Henry, OTR
Occupational Therapist, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Richard Petty
Program Director, Independent Living Research Utilization

Angelle Sander, Ph.D.
Director, Brain Injury Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Associate Professor 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

Ava Skrabanek, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Heather B. Taylor, Ph.D.
Director, Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center
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

Carl Josehart
Chief Executive Officer System
Executive for Rehabilitation Services