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Georgetown University Football Player Determined to Live Life Again Following Spinal Cord Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 13, 2018 – Tyrell Williams, linebacker with the Georgetown University football team, has been doing his outpatient rehabilitation here at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network at Irving Street in D.C., for several months now, following a career-ending spinal cord injury suffered during a game in 2015. Williams told NBC4’s Nicole Jacobs he remembers the moment very well. “It was the fifth or sixth play of the game, maybe near the 10-yard line,” he said. “I heard a snap and a tingle.” He put his head down for a tackle and his rammed right into an opposing player’s…

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Suzanne Groah, MD, Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research and Patient Care Programs, Receives 2018 Goldschmidt Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 6, 2018 – Suzanne Groah, MD, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) program, and head of the SCI research program, received the 2018 Goldschmidt Award on Wed. June 6, 2018. In addition to receiving this honor, Dr. Groah also gave the annual Goldschmidt Lecture, the 30th time this has taken place at MedStar NRH. This prestigious honor is named after Dr. John Goldschmidt, the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s founding medical director, who worked towards enhancing an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. Recipients of this award, like Dr. Groah, are motivated to…

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Founder Ed Eckenhoff Honored With Service at National Cathedral in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Founder and Past President Edward A. Eckenhoff was honored with a special service at the Washington National Cathedral in early May. Ed passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side earlier this year on January 10 at his home in Naples, Florida. He is survived by his wife Judi Eckenhoff, his brothers Walt and Roderic Eckenhoff, many nieces and nephews and the family dog, Bogey. Ed opened the doors of NRH in 1986 and through his leadership, we have grown from one single inpatient facility to having served tens of thousands…

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Adaptive Fitness Helps Patient With Complex Spinal Cord Injury Stay Active

Imagine living with a spinal cord injury as a result of simply falling in your home? The thought is quite scary and could happen to any one of us. And so it happened to Kent Keyser, who spent more than three decades working on Capitol Hill, following a terrible mishap one evening in his basement. In one instant, Keyser went from fully functional to suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI), while not a complete injury, still leaves him needing to use a power chair and requires him to have assistance when walking. After years of physical therapy, a lot of…

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