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TIRR Memorial Hermann Receives SCI Model System Designation and Funding

The Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System (TMSCIS) at TIRR Memorial Hermann has been funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) from 2016 through 2021. NIDILRR awards SCI Model System Center grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services from the point of injury through rehabilitation and reentry into full community life.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CMO

2016 Spring Gerard FranciscoFive lower-extremity robotic exoskeletons are now in use at TIRR Memorial Hermann, thanks to the generosity of donors, our researchers at the Center for Wearable Exoskeletons, and their collaborators here and abroad.

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Jared Dunten: A Life in Art

Accomplished artist and former TIRR Memorial Hermann patient Jared Dunten is determined to paint himself out of his electric wheelchair.

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Osseointegration: A New Solution for Trans-femoral Limb-loss Patients

A clinical trial under way at TIRR Memorial Hermann and UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School is bringing the technique of osseointegration (OI) to the United States, increasing the prosthetic options available to limb-loss patients who are eligible for study participation.

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The Memorial Hermann Post-Acute Care Network: The Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place

As a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Memorial Hermann has improved information sharing among providers and made organizational changes that allow the healthcare system to deliver seamless service across the continuum of each patient’s care.

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Dionni De La Cruz Makes a Comeback from Guillain-Barré Syndrome

A month after delivering her third child in October 2015, Dionni De La Cruz developed a cough and numbness in her feet and fingers that continued to progress. By early December, her condition was severe, and she was admitted to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center where neurologists diagnosed her with Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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NIDILRR Renews Funding for Southwest ADA Center

The Southwest ADA Center, a program of Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR Memorial Hermann, has received funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to continue its work as the Southwest’s leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws.

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Investigations in Human Movement with James Chang, PT, Ph.D.

Nearly half a world away from his birthplace, Dr. Shuo-Hsiu “James” Chang is making a mark in the science of physical medicine and rehabilitation through studies that investigate ways to improve human movement.

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TIRR-affiliated Research Center Develops a Novel Weight Loss Program for Women with Mobility Impairments

Despite wide recognition of the need, there are no publically available weight management programs for people with disabilities. Researchers at the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD), a research center affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and TIRR Memorial Hermann, have recently stepped up to meet this need by developing a program that is accessible and responsive to the unique needs of women with Mobility Impairments.

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NEWS OF NOTE

Two new community-based clinics operated by TIRR Memorial Hermann are now serving cancer survivors and patients who have lost a limb. The clinics are conveniently located, with free parking, at the Belmont Village assisted-living facility in West University at 2929 West Holcombe Blvd.

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ACCOLADES

Cindy B. Ivanhoe, M.D., received the Distinguished Clinical Award last October at the meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held in New Orleans. She was named Alumnus of the Year at the Baylor/UTHealth Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance in June 2016.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

The impact of patient-centered care on clinical outcomes is well documented in the medical literature. As institutions across the country work to improve quality and patient satisfaction while reducing costs, at TIRR Memorial Hermann and through the Memorial Hermann Post-Acute Care Network we’re achieving all three outcomes.

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