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TIRR Memorial Hermann Moves Up the Rankings for Nation’s Top Rehabilitation Hospital

TIRR Memorial Hermann is the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and the second best in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings for 2015-2016. The rehabilitation hospital’s ascent to the No. 2 spot marks its 26th consecutive year among the magazine’s Best Hospital rankings.

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Dr. Gerard Francisco 2015It’s always nice to be honored. Awards and recognitions also provide an opportunity to reflect on their meaning and value.

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Perspectives on Research

Incomplete tetraplegia is the most frequent neurologic category after spinal cord injury (SCI). Each year, nearly 12,000 people suffer from SCI in the United States, and about 50 percent of these are...

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For Scott Carriker, Form Follows Function

Scott Carriker was in a bucket truck, changing out an electric utility circuit pole, when he grabbed the wrong wire and suffered an electrical injury that badly burned both his hands...

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Junior Hotwheels Win National Championship

Toward the end of last April, TIRR Memorial Hermann held a banquet to honor the TIRR Memorial Hermann junior Hotwheels, who had recently won the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) Junior Division National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

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James Durham III: Ending the Silence of TBI

On the night of Sept. 22, 2011, James Durham was on his motorcycle in San Antonio, headed home after an employee dinner. “I was about two miles from home. A lady was stopped at a traffic light but didn’t have her blinker on so it seemed that she was trying to make a U-turn,” says Durham, a Dallas native who had moved...

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Jason Roy: From Zero to 100

As a child, Jason Roy wanted to be a baseball player or a police officer. Early exposure to gangs growing up in what he calls “not the best part of Houston” made him gravitate toward sports instead of the streets. He played baseball in high school...

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Profile in Caring: Sabrina Filoteo Salinas, CCC-SLP

As a child, Sabrina Filoteo Salinas found a role model in her maternal grandfather, a family physician in the Rio Grande Valley. “He wanted to make a difference in the lives of others,” Filoteo Salinas says...

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Offers Pre-driving Assessment Program

Six TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation centers are now offering comprehensive pre-driving assessments for people experiencing functional vision changes due to a neurologic incident, trauma, surgery or the aging process.

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Gerard Francisco, M.D., has been selected by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) to receive the organization’s 2015 Distinguished Member Award.Dr. Francisco is chief medical officer and director of the NeuroRecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann and clinical...

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Education Courses

Skills for Life 4: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop
October 22-25, 2015
Houston Marriott - Medical Center

The Skills for Life (SFL) workshop is devoted specifically to issues faced by individuals with bilateral upper limb loss. Presenters will include...

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On The Podium

Davis M, Skelton F. Catheter Valves: An Alternative Method of Managing Neurogenic Bladder after SCI. Presentation at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, New Orleans, September 2015.

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Any accomplishment requires passion, dedication and perseverance. In this issue of the journal, we’re pleased to recognize eight individuals whose accomplishments stand out from the crowd.

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