Superior Athlete, Superior Physical Therapy

Haley Raso Rehab

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOV. 7, 2019 - Drawing huge crowds and an international audience of super fans, women’s soccer has captured the world’s imagination.  Australian 24-year old Hayley Raso was among the elite athletes in play at the World Cup in France this past summer, helping her team make it to the second round.   But before she traveled to France in June, Hayley had played an eventful game in the nation’s capital in August 2018. 

As a member of the Portland, Oregon, Thorns in the NWSL, Hayley and her team faced the Washington Spirit for a regular season game when the Washington goalie’s knee collided with Hayley’s back while both were trying to head a ball.

“A long ball was kicked into the air toward the goal,” she explains. “Suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my back and then I was on the ground in incredible pain calling out ‘help me, help me.’”

Hayley was rushed by ambulance to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. While details are unclear, she does remember hearing some discussion about internal bleeding and damage to her kidneys. “But after a CT-scan the neurosurgeon told me the good news was my kidneys were fine. But the bad news was I had broken my back.”

Her dad, who was in the stands that day, met Hayley at the hospital and her mom Renaye Sweeting rushed from her home in Australia’s Gold Coast to be with her.  “I thought I wasn’t going to ever walk again,” she says. “But the doctors explained that I would recover.”

Still, Hayley had a hard road ahead. Soccer had been an important part of her life since she was just 8 years old—and the thought of never playing again was terrifying.

After a week at MedStar Georgetown, she was transferred to MedStar NRH where she was met by Robert Bunning, MD, Director, Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Programs.

Hayley Raso Rehab

“Hayley was fortunate because while she had three lumbar vertebra transverse process fractures, the breaks were not part of the vertebral body and there was no nerve damage,” Dr. Bunning explains. “But she would have to have hours of physical and occupational therapy to learn to walk and complete the tasks of daily living.”

With her “mum” by her side, Hayley approached rehab with the same strength and motivation that made her a world class athlete.

“Dr. Bunning and the whole team looked after me,” she says. “And my physical therapist Camille Grzelak helped me so much. For three hours a day I did physical therapy and occupational therapy. I remember I could hardly roll over in bed when I got to MedStar NRH. But every day I got a little better. My mum slept beside and was with me 24.7,” Hayley says.

She moved out of bed to walking with a frame and ultimately, she was walking with just the aid of a brace.  Three weeks after she entered the hospital’s doors, Hayley left MedStar NRH and flew home to Brisbane where she continued her therapy.

Then after months of grueling therapy and just six months after the accident, Hayley returned to the pitch to play with the Australian national team in the Cup of Nations.

“When I ran for the first time and played for the first time it was pretty overwhelming for me and so exciting after everything I’d been through,” she says.

By the end of January, Hayley had scored her first goal.  And then in June she joined the Australian team to play in the World Cup.  “The whole time I was doing rehab I kept thinking about the Cup,” she says. “Despite the team’s somewhat disappointing result, it was an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to have been able to continue to play the game I love.”

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

MedStar NRH patient talks about benefits of therapy after stroke

The following q & a is with patient Daniel Ford. Daniel came to MedStar NRH this summer for inpatient rehabilitation after he suffered a stroke on a bus. Daniel relives the terrifying incident but also his excellent experience in rehabilitation getting him back to the life he wants to live.

 

Q: How did you end up in the hospital?

I had a stroke August 2nd in the late afternoon. It happened on the circulator bus on the way to the hospital when my left side went out.

Q: What changes did the stroke cause?

It caused the whole left side of my body to go out, to be in a vegetable type of state for some time. I couldn’t swallow, could barely breath, could barely see. Thinking was very hard to do, talking was hard. My face was drooping and hanging down. The arm on the left side would pop out. Life changing changes

Q: What is one of the most beneficial things about therapy?

Oh, the staff! The getting out of the bed actually standing up and moving about and seeing other people work out in the atrium. Being mobile period, to get up and take a shower, to get up and use the bathroom, to get up and get dressed, to get up and go outside and feel the fresh air and sun on your face. Just moving around, walking and standing. That’s one of the things I loved the most, getting out of bed all day long. It gave me a sense of urgency to recover. I saw others walking about and they did amazing, when I saw that I said, that’s going to be me. Excellent staff, excellent PT, OT, SLP. Seeing them gives you that “you’re going to be ok, we’re going to take care of you”. They push you to stay motivated and to practice the ability, never giving up or never saying you can’t do this. They are always positive, even when they are pushing you.

Q: What is something challenging about therapy?

Working on the left side, finger motion and picking up objects. That was the most challenging. I’m still working on it now.

Q: What would you tell a stroke survivor just starting out in rehab.

To rest, eat well and prepare yourself to get up and walk. Walk with a conviction, it’s such as awesome team. As soon as you get out of bed you are already feeling motivated like I can’ do this. When you go out to the atrium and see all the equipment and the sun light it motivates you to get it down. You can push yourself by seeing others move. Ask your therapists if there is anything you want to do, and they can work on it with you. All my sessions were amazing. 

Q: What do you like about group therapy?

Seeing other people going through the same struggles and overcoming those struggles. Being able to communicate and hear their testimonies as they continue their therapy and recovery. I have seen 2 people I’ve been with from the beginning go home and they are doing so well! Listening to them speak helped me be able to speak more clearly. Group was very therapeutic, I had a lot of fun in group.

Q: Would you recommend NRH to someone looking for stroke rehab?

Most definitely!!  Someone told me it was the best and it’s true! I would recommend everything.


To learn more about the Inpatient Stroke Recovery Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, please call 
202-877-1152

Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Services are conveniently located throughout the region. Click here to learn more about the locations of Outpatient Stroke Recovery services

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

Super H 5k Returns Sunday, Sept. 22 Benefitting Community Adaptive Sports Programs

MCLEAN, VA –MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRN) will host the 16th annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel and Fun Run, on Sunday, Sept. 22 for runners, walkers and adaptive athletes. The event begins and ends at the Sport & Health Club in Tysons Corner (8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean, Virginia 22102). Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. The post-race party begins at 9 a.m., with free food, refreshments, music and an awards ceremony.

All proceeds from the race support MedStar NRN’s adaptive sports programs. These programs enable athletes with disabilities to compete in various sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive rowing, sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, hand cycling, and more.

Funds raised from the Super H race have enabled all of MedStar NRN’s adaptive sports teams to compete at the national level. Our wheelchair basketball team is currently ranked number three in the nation! One of our players, Trevon Jenifer, is also a current member of the U.S. Paralympic basketball team, as well as a two-time medalist (gold and bronze).

“It is a thrill to see the adaptive athletes take off on their hand cycles, wheelchairs and some with just crutches doing the same event able-bodied athletes do…just a little differently,” said Harry Freedman, founder of the Super H 5K.

The race registration fee is $40 online until Thursday, Sept. 19; registration is $45 onsite. The Super H 5K supports the Adaptive Sports Programs with MedStar NRN for children and adults with physical disabilities, allowing them to pursue healthy, active lifestyles through recreational and competitive sports. Programs range from introductory clinics to elite competitions.

Packet pick up will take place on race day, Sun. Sept. 22 at the registration tables at Sport & Health.

For more information and to register online, go to: MedStarNRH.org/SuperH5K.

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, visit MedStarNRH.org.

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

Stroke Patient Discusses the Importance of Rehabilitation

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Sharon Starkey, a recent stroke patient from Annapolis, Md., sat down with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH) Stroke Services team to talk about her story and her experiences here doing rehabilitation. As part of an ongoing series, we’ll look at what our patients are saying about us and the care we provide them on their journey to recovery.

Q: How did you end up in the hospital?

I was talking different and my daughter and husband noticed, and they carried me to the hospital. Once I arrived at the hospital, the doctor gave me an MRI that indicated a stroke.

Q: What changes did the stroke cause?

It caused a change in everything that I did on my right side. Driving, helping others and it changed my lifestyle.

Q: What is one of the most beneficial things about therapy?

It gave me hope, walking ability, speaking ability, being able to take care of myself. And hope is the main thing.

Q: What is something challenging about therapy?

Accepting that with treatment you must accept that it will take time.

Q: What would you tell a stroke survivor just starting out in rehab.

Come here to MedStar NRH. The treatment, the way people treat you, the equipment, I would suggest above all else go to a place where people are warm. This is not an easy job (to recover), it is not an easy journey. You need to be reinforced on a regular basis every day that rehabilitation is possible and that’s why I suggest here above all else.

Q: What do you like about group therapy?

Hearing about others, hearing others share what has happened to them, where they are. You feel alone when you have a stroke and hearing others that have had or are going through the same thing but, yet they have made progress, it gives you hope.

Q: Would you recommend NRH to someone looking for stroke rehab?

OH yeah! I don’t have to think about that!!


To learn more about the Inpatient Stroke Recovery Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, please call 
202-877-1152

Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Services are conveniently located throughout the region. Click here to learn more about the locations of Outpatient Stroke Recovery services

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Receives Grant from Christopher Reeve Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s fitness and adaptive sports programs recently received a generous gift of $100,000 from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Expanded Effect Quality of Life grants program.

The gift will help MedStar National Rehabilitation Network purchase equipment for its weeknight and weekend fitness program, which allows those with disabilities to continue to stay active by using the equipment in the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital outpatient gym.

In addition, the grant will assist our many adaptive sports programs including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, handcycling, adaptive rowing, sled hockey and more.

“We would like to thank the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life team for this extremely generous gift for our adaptive athletes and those in the community we serve,” said John Rockwood, president, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and senior vice president, MedStar Health. “Gifts such as these help our former patients and those in the community stay active through some of our sports programs or by simply having access to a gym that they might not normally have.”

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is one of six institutions around the U.S., to receive one of these prestigious grants.

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Media Contact

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

Mark French – Entrepreneur, Stroke Advocate, and MedStar NRH Supporter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mark French, Vice Chair of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Board, died on May 3 after a brief illness. “Mark was such an important member of the MedStar NRH family,” says President John Rockwood. “His enthusiasm knew no bounds and in a short time, he made a tremendous impact on the Network’s efforts to serve our patients and the community.”

Mark French receiving Victory Award in 2016Just a few months before Mark passed away, his film about stroke survivors A Teachable Moment, became available on Amazon Prime. Click here to learn more about this film, featuring MedStar NRH VP of Research, Alexander Dromerick, MD. 

Mark gave everything he had to all he did, and his hard work paid off with success during his decades-long career in business—and during his recovery from a devastating stroke he suffered in July 2015.  His tenacity and indomitable spirit were rewarded when he received a Victory Award at the MedStar NRH 30th Anniversary Gala in April 2016.

When he received his award, Mark credited the rehab team at MedStar NRH for his remarkable recovery. “After my stroke and before I came to MedStar NRH, my life was a very different—and frightening—place,” he said. “But at MedStar NRH, I became excited because everyone there said I would recover, and I did. Recovery from stroke is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” French said.  “But with the help of the fabulous doctors and therapists at MedStar NRH, I could see that I was moving forward every day.  I’m so grateful to them all.”

Mark French giving speech after receiving Victory Award in 2016Mark was founder, president, and CEO of Leading Authorities, one of the nation’s most prominent strategic event firms and lecture agencies.  He was well respected—and well loved—by his co-workers and friends.  Accolades poured in following his death and those close to him shared memories of a man who loved life, adored his family and never walked away from a challenge.  As one friend posted online, Mark was a “devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and colleague. A friend who was beyond loyal and ferocious in his loyalty. An insatiable intellect. A serial entrepreneur. A force of nature. A pioneer.”

Following his stroke, Mark became an advocate for stroke education and rehabilitation.  “He brought his inexhaustible energy and abundant talent to everything he did,” Rockwood says.  “We were so blessed that he shared these with us, and we will miss him dearly.”

 

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Media Contact

Derek Berry 
Director of Communications
Office: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

Meeting the Challenge of a Complex Injury: The Case of Congressman Steve Scalise

Collaborative Care That Puts Your Patient First

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an instant with the crack of a bullet, the spin of a car, or the sudden burst of vessels in the brain, lives are irrevocably changed.  For U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, the innocence of a baseball game was shattered when a gunman aimed his weapon at the field where members of Congress were practicing for an annual game scheduled for the next evening.

His grave bullet wounds and his difficult journey through multiple surgeries and infection have been well documented. But like so many other patients with complex injuries, survival is just the first step in a recovery that may continue for months or years.

When the Congressman left his stay at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, he was immediately admitted to MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH). His eight week stay at MedStar NRH demonstrates the critical importance of acute rehabilitation for patients who have suffered serious injury and who continue to have complex medical needs, as well.  

For Congressman Scalise—and other patients with more complicated injury or illness—rehabilitation begins even before they enter the doors of MedStar NRH, explains John Aseff, MD, the physiatrist who cared for Rep. Scalise while in acute rehab.

“I visited the Congressman at the Hospital Center before he came to us. That’s an important element in creating continuity of care for our patients,” he says. “It’s good for patients and families to know what to expect during the next steps in the recovery process. When patients have multiple organ, nerve and blood vessel injury like the Congressman, we complete assessments before they are discharged from acute care to better understand their continued medical needs, as well as begin to map out their rehab.”

The shared electronic medical record systems among MedStar Health hospitals helps smooth transition of care from one facility to another, he adds. “We also have MedStar NRH physiatrists at our sister MedStar hospitals across the region to provide support and counsel,” Dr. Aseff explains. 

Multidisciplinary Care Team

When the Congressman arrived at MedStar NRH, a team of rehabilitation experts had already been assigned to his care and provided an initial review of his immediate needs. 

Every patient has a multidisciplinary care team that works collaboratively with one another, the patient and the family throughout hospitalization. Physiatrists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, recreation therapists, neuropsychologists, case managers and dietitians work in concert to develop an individualized treatment plan to help ensure the best possible recovery.

The care team meets weekly to share updates on the patient’s progress—and to address problems that may impede recovery. “Family meetings are also held to provide the patient and loved ones with a more global picture of the present—and the future,” explains Social Worker Joan McKinon Reeves, LICSW, MedStar NRH director of case managers.

“From the very beginning of a patient’s hospitalization, we provide an evaluation and create open communication between us and the patient and family,” she adds. “With patients who have more complex injuries, it’s important to understand what kind of support system they have at home and even begin to look at what they may require when they are discharged.

“Acute rehab is about planning a patient’s future daily life. Our goal is to help patients return to their work, their life, and their passions after a life altering event, and help ensure that the progress they have made during inpatient rehab is sustained. Case managers act as a bridge to services in the community—to the best next steps in a patient’s rehabilitation.” McKinon Reeves says.

“Unlike some other facilities, an acute rehab facility like ours is equipped to provide a full-range of medical services, 24/7, especially for patients with more complicated issues,” says Nailah Campbell, BSN, RN, Nursing Manager. “We are trained to care for sicker patients and prepared for all kinds of special needs from patients requiring kidney dialysis or wound care to assistive devices.”

Rigorous Therapy, Six Days a Week

Working with patients who have an array of issues, care teams included therapists with special expertise working with patients suffering some type of neurological injury.

“Some patients need to relearn to walk,” says Meaghan Minzy, PT, DPT. “Our goal in physical therapy is to improve endurance, strengthen a patient’s upper body and help them use their legs.”

Amanda Summers, MS, OTR/L, ATP, says patients who present with physical weakness need to be mindful of overexertion. “Occupational therapy is focused on improving cardiovascular fitness and strengthening the upper body so that daily living tasks can once again be performed.”

For three hours-a-day, six-days-a-week, the Congressman pushed himself and his body, moving from wheelchair, to a walker and onto crutches.  “In time, he went from walking 20 feet to 200,” says Minzy.

Progress like this is the result of a patient’s determination, the skill of rehab experts—plus the latest technology, such as FES, functional electrical stimulation to muscles, and the ZeroG® --the robotic body weight support system first developed at MedStar NRH.

Dr. Aseff visited Rep. Scalise twice a day and watched him during his therapy. “That’s typical for patients who have had critical trauma,” says Dr. Aseff.  “It’s important to understanding their medical needs and to assess their progress.”

He also says most people are impatient about recovery—and Scalise was no exception.

“Too much therapy can be harmful—rest is important. Using energy efficiently and effectively is very important to recovery.”

Patients with very complex injuries face enormous challenges as they learn to “accept the injury and adjust to a new normal,” says Minzy.  “For us, it never gets old to watch as patients improve and leave us able to move on with their lives.”

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Derek Berry
Director of Communications
202-877-1773
[email protected]

DC United Goalkeeper Bill Hamid Pays Special Visit to Pediatric Rehabilitation Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Recently, the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital was paid a special visit by DC United staff including goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

The pediatric patients welcomed the United staff and Hamid with signs saluting our local men’s professional soccer squad and Hamid returned the favor with some greeting and fun with our pediatrics patients and a little game of soccer.

Thanks to Hamid and the United for brightening our pediatric patients’ days! Check out these great photos here.

For additional information about the MedStar NRH pediatric program, click here.

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Contact

Derek Berry
Director of Communications
202-877-1773
[email protected]

Kritis Dasgupta, MD, Named Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MedStar Good Samaritan

BALTIMORE — Advancing its enduring tradition of high quality acute inpatient rehabilitation, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in October named Kritis Dasgupta, MD, MBA, MSc to lead its integrated programs in the Baltimore region of MedStar Health.

Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a sub-specialty in brain injury medicine, Dr. Dasgupta has been with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital for a decade and most recently served as medical director of its brain injury program and medical director of quality and safety.

The legacy of MedStar Good Samaritan’s high performing rehab program began nearly 50 years ago. Through the years, the program has provided compassionate, evidence-based, multidisciplinary rehabilitation for an estimated 40,000 patients whose lives have been altered by stroke, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and more.

The MedStar Good Samaritan inpatient rehab training program has produced hundreds of clinicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychology, nursing and therapy.

“The history of this hospital, and its commitment to physical medicine and rehabilitation, is very compelling here at MedStar Good Sam,” Dr. Dasgupta said. “It’s a very valuable part of our continuum of care at MedStar Health.  I look forward to developing greater integration and synergy between this program and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to achieve a world-class rehabilitation service line serving a broad population.”

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is in the midst of a $17.5 million rebuild of its inpatient rehabilitation facility that is expected to be complete in fall 2019. The space will encompass 60,000 square feet on the 5th floor of the main hospital and include private patient rooms, a low stimulation gym, a room for patients to explore smart home devices, and other features.

“At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, we are very excited to have Dr. Kritis Dasgupta join our inpatient rehabilitation team as we head into the next phase of our 50-year history serving the Baltimore community,” said Kevin C. Platt, administrative director of rehabilitation for the Baltimore region of MedStar Health. “Dr. Dasgupta brings an amazing skill set to the campus, which includes impressive accomplishments in the areas of quality and safety, evidence-based health care, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, medical residency education, and physician leadership. With our state-of-the-art center set to open next year, the timing of Dr. Dasgupta’s arrival is ideal to help lead us into the exciting future for our program.”  

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program was previously led by Scott Lepre, MD, who oversaw the rebuilding of the program after it separated from Johns Hopkins Medicine in June 2017.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Dasgupta join our team, and thank Scott Lepre, MD, for his leadership during the transition of the rehabilitation program at MedStar Good Sam,” said John Rockwood, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network president. “Dr. Lepre’s commitment to the rehabilitation team and his expert care of his patients helped us begin to build a world-class rehabilitation program for the greater Baltimore community.”

Dr. Dasgupta previously served as an attending physician at MedStar NRH in Washington, D.C. He was also the medical director of brain injury at Adventist Health Care System in Rockville, Md. In 2018, Dr. Dasgupta received MedStar NRH’s Team Member of the Year Award.

Dr. Dasgupta received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University; his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine; his MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; and his MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care from University of Oxford. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his brain injury medicine fellowship at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Medical Center. He is an associate professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Georgetown University Medical School.

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.