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Advancing Rehabilitation Through Therapy and Nursing Education

Since 1959, the education of healthcare practitioners has been a pillar of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s success in advancing the field of rehabilitation medicine at the local, regional and national levels. Last year, in recognition of its 55-year legacy of training physical therapists, speech language pathologists...

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MESSAGE FROM THE CMO

2015 Spring Dr FranciscoLives cross in unusual ways. In this issue we share the story of aerospace engineer and former TIRR Memorial Hermann patient Earle Powdrell, who holds two...

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Earle Powdrell: Unlocking Locked-in Syndrome

Aerospace engineer Earle Powdrell was just getting settled into his corporate apartment near Dallas when he awakened at five in the morning with burning in his nose and throat. Away from home on a classified military assignment for the Raytheon Company, he assumed the problem was fatigue.

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Angela Wrigglesworth: A Life of Leadership and Advocacy

Angela Wrigglesworth will tell you she has a great pair of rose-colored glasses. Diagnosed at 16 months with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that left her unable to walk, she has only positive memories of her childhood.

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Encouraging Research with Competitive Funding Awards

Recipients of the Fifth Annual TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Innovation Awards were announced last November at an afternoon reception held at the hospital’s research center. The competitive awards make it possible for any staff member to play a role in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s mission ...

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New High-tech Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Center in Sugar Land

A pediatric and adult outpatient rehabilitation program with expert clinicians, state-of-the-art therapy equipment, an onsite pool and comprehensive neurological and cancer rehabilitation programs are now available to residents of Sugar Land at ...

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Pioneering Mission Connect-funded Study in SCI Patients

In a study under way at TIRR Memorial Hermann, researchers are investigating the effects of combined transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and robotic-assisted training on arm and hand function in subjects with incomplete spinal cord injury. Funded by Mission Connect, a project of TIRR Foundation ...

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Profiles in Caring: Dehuti Pandya

Clinical pharmacy specialist Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D., has an academic bent toward chemistry and research. For the past decade, she’s combined these interests along with patient care at TIRR Memorial Hermann. “My position is the perfect match for my interests,” says Dr. Pandya, who made her career choice toward the end of her first year in an accelerated baccalaureate program ...

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Valentina Lisinski: A Second Life After Stroke

Houstonian Valentina Lisinski did everything right – and quite a bit more. She ate well and exercised regularly, practiced yoga, went SCUBA diving and parachute jumping, and participated in local competitions dancing the two-step, swing and Venetian waltz. At 53, she was in great shape. In November 2010, Lisinski and a girlfriend packed for a dream vacation – a 12-day ...

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Addressing Health Disparities in Rehab

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities defines health disparities as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, those of low socioeconomic backgrounds ...

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Welcomes Research Scientist

Xiaoyan Li, Ph.D., has joined TIRR Memorial Hermann as a research scientist in the NeuroMyoelectric Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory with a concurrent appointment as a research assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth ...

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Three Days of Fun at Camp Kids Unlimited

Eight campers between the ages of 13 and 21 attended the inaugural Camp Kids Unlimited last October at Camp for All in Burton, Texas. Sponsored by TIRR Memorial Hermann, the camp offers kids with physical disabilities the opportunity to test their limits, improve their independence ...

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ACCOLADES

TIRR Memorial Hermann received the Caring Heart Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) in November 2014 at the organization’s Gathering of Friends event. ISH’s mission is to further knowledge of the role spirituality plays in health and healing, and to educate and equip ...

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Education Courses

Advancing Best Practices for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
June 5-7, 2015
The Westin Houston Downtown

Presented by TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program members, this conference will examine collaborative team processes for professionals.

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On The Podium

Euliarte MA, Thomas L, Reimers A. Nursing Certification: Journey to Excellence. Presented at the 40th Annual Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Education Conference, Anaheim, California, October 2014.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

This issue of the journal begins and ends with education – from our cover story about the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy to a listing of upcoming education classes for professionals – an appropriate parallel to the discipline of rehabilitation. Education is how we became healthcare providers in the beginning, and we pass the torch of knowledge on to others in our field.

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