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In a Team Effort, Tato Stanley Makes a Statistically Improbable Recovery

At the end of a family vacation in Snowmass, Colorado, 17-year-old Clay “Tato” Stanley was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident. “They were doing jumps, and Tato lost control on the landing and was immediately paralyzed,” Tato’s mother, Alice Stanley says. Tato, an experienced snowboarder with no previous mishaps, remained fully conscious after the accident. He was stabilized at Aspen Valley Hospital and flown to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, where he underwent a C5-C6 spinal fusion with instrumentation. Two weeks later, he was transported by air ambulance to TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston.

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2016 Spring Gerard FranciscoIdeas often find fertile ground in minds other than the ones where they were initially conceived. When those ideas cross borders and oceans – and scientific discoveries are viewed through the lens of other cultures and value systems – new doors open and great leaps forward are made.

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult Hotwheels Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins National Championship

The TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult Hotwheels basketball team defeated the Fort Lauderdale Sharks 60-33 to win the championship of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) Division III.

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Strength Unlimited Helps Bridge the Gap Between Outpatient Therapy and Lifelong Health

A community-based wellness and recovery program for children and adults, TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Strength Unlimited provides an enriched environment for people of all levels of ability to optimize their recovery and create a path for lifelong health and wellbeing.

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Update on CMS CAUTI Guidelines for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Among the core measures subject to a financial penalty from the Centers for Medicare & 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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TBI ACTION: A New Web-based Tool Aids in Choosing Treatment Options for TBI Patients

The work of a research team led by principal investigator Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM, has resulted in the development of a web-based resource created to help clinicians working with persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) develop case conceptualizations and consider treatment options.

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Rewiring the Brain for a Positive Outcome After Concussion

Fifteen years ago, the approach to treating concussion was almost laissez-faire: a few days of absolute bed rest, then back to the normal level of activity. Today, the alarming increase in concussion – 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – has led to heightened public awareness, new knowledge about mild traumatic brain injury and a search for alternative methods to treat it.

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Jacob Smith: Your Attitude Defines Your Future

On April 12, 2014, Jacob Smith was returning home with other students at his high school in Whitehouse, Texas, after attending a leadership conference in Corpus Christi for members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

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Profile in Caring

Nova Sbrusch, PT, NCS, CWS, CBIST, provided physical therapy services in a variety of settings – acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation and home health – before joining TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2001.

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Trice Ham: NWBA Junior Division Coach of the Year

In a ceremony held last April at the 2016 National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s championship tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, Trice Ham, volunteer coach of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Junior Hotwheels, was named Coach of the Year for the association’s junior division.

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Caregiver Quality of Life After Traumatic Brain Injury: Development of a New Measurement Tool

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacts family caregivers as well as the person with injury. Research has documented caregiver emotional distress, including depression and anxiety, as early as three months after injury and as long as seven years.

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Gerard Francisco, M.D., chief medical officer of TIRR Memorial Hermann and chair of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, was selected to deliver the prestigious Sidney Licht Lecture at the closing ceremony of the 10th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Congress.

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Around the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation System

They had known each other for 15 years but it took a life-changing accident to bring Brandon Johnson and Angela Vanek together at The Woodlands Courthouse, where they exchanged wedding vows before family and friends on Feb. 26, 2016.

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On The Podium

Davis ME. Neurogenic Bladder; The Next Step: What Happens After Acute Care?; and Advocacy 101. Presentations at the American Spinal Injury Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, May 2016.

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From beginning to end, this issue of our journal is filled with examples of rehabilitation in action. We’re grateful to three former patients – Tato Stanley, Jacob Smith and Brandon Johnson – for sharing their stories of hard-won success.

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