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When Quality Measures Put Patients with Spinal Cord Injury at Risk

With today’s focus on transparency in health care, quality measures play an increasingly important role in determining Medicare reimbursement. Among the core measures subject to a financial penalty from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is an above-average rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), which has prompted acute care hospitals around the country to enact policies to reduce the number of infections.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CMO

2016 Spring Gerard FranciscoOur work as physicians centers fundamentally on our relationships with our patients, which includes advocating for them in the hospital setting and the community.

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Peter and Aaron Berry: The Mark of Champions

In April 2015, TIRR Memorial Hermann held a banquet to honor the TIRR Memorial Hermann junior Hotwheels for winning the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) Junior Division National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Hosts Reception at the ADA Celebration in Washington

A reception hosted by TIRR Memorial Hermann in Washington, D.C., set the stage for two weeks of celebration of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The Place Where Miracles Happen: A Volunteer’s Story

Volunteers from every walk of life have played a prominent role in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s history. Among them is Mary Ann White, who started giving of her time in May 1970 and today, 45 years later, works in the hospital’s gift shop, visits patients and helps out wherever she’s needed.

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Profile in Caring: Sara Ninan, A.D.N., RN, CRRN

When Sara Ninan looks back, she wonders where the time went. On Aug. 25, 2015, she celebrated her 40th anniversary of service as a nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Over those four decades, she saw the hospital’s reputation in rehabilitation and research grow, moved patients to a new six-story facility...

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PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCH

Fifty-four million people with disabilities and their families and friends celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2015. Before the ADA was passed, people with disabilities often encountered physical barriers in their communities because buildings and sidewalks were inaccessible.

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AROUND THE MEMORIAL HERMANN REHABILITATION SYSTEM

In July 2013, Evelyn Suber was hospitalized for dehydration – the result of a serious viral infection. At some point during the two weeks she was ill, she noticed numbness in her legs.

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NEWS OF NOTE

The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program of TIRR Memorial Hermann has been awarded a two-year grant to establish the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Training & Technical Assistance Center.

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ACCOLADES

The Texas Nursing Association (TNA) District 9, which represents nurses in Harris County, has named Mary Ann Euliarte, R.N., CRRN, among its top 25 nurses at the organization’s 25th Annual Nursing Celebration.

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Education Courses

Practical Applications and Considerations in Computer Access for Persons with Neurological Injury/Physical Disability
Saturday, April 16, 2016
TIRR Memorial Hermann

An overview and product survey for improving computer access for those with neurological injuries and/or physical disabilities. Hardware and software will be discussed as well as positioning and funding considerations will be discussed.

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On The Podium

Bhadane M, Gao F, Zhou P, Li S. The Effect of Startling Acoustic Stimulus on Voluntary Elbow Flexion in Stroke Survivors. Presentation at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Chicago, October 2015.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

At TIRR Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center and across the citywide TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network, we work closely together to ensure that our patients receive the appropriate level of care at the right time in the most convenient setting.

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