Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, Gives 2017 Susan Carter Lecture on Reform & Readmission in Post-Acute Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nov. 8, 2017 - MedStar National Rehabilitation Network welcomed Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, to be its special guest speaker for the 2017 Susan Carter Lecture, which took place at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Dr. Ottenbacher is the director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions and is also the director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, and associate director for the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) located in Galveston, Tex. He received his PhD from the University of Missouri and is a licensed occupational therapist. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Occupational Therapy and was promoted through the ranks to full professor. In 1990 he joined the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served in several positions including Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs in the School of Health Related Professions and Associate Director of the Center for Functional Assessment Research in the School of Medicine. In 1995, he joined the UTMB as Vice Dean and Professor in the School of Health Professions.

Dr. Ottenbacher's current research involves using large datasets to study rehabilitation outcomes with a focus on functional assessment, disability and frailty in older adults. Dr. Ottenbacher has published more than 350 articles in journals and has received continuous federal funding as principal investigator to support his research and training activities since 1984. Dr. Ottenbacher has been the recipient of numerous awards for his research, mentoring and service activities.

He is a recipient of the Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and is a charter member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research. Dr. Ottenbacher is a fellow in the American Occupational Therapy Association

Dr. Ottenbacher spoke about where the American healthcare system is headed. He talked about readmission rates with patients and the problems surrounding patients who are from poor income areas who end up rehospitalized after their first event. Dr. Ottenbacher talked about the various types of disabilities which require rehospitalization many times. He listed 'debility' or a state of being weak or infirm.

"Readmission rates quite often happen after the first week of discharge," said Dr. Ottenbacher. "We need input from our therapists, from the field, to deal with the changes that are going on."

He says that one of the challenges that subacute hospitals face is penalties associated with readmission after a disabling event or injury.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it," to use a quote said Dr. Ottenbacher. "It's one of my favorite quotes and pertains to what is going on now."

The Susan Carter Lecture was named after former patient Susan Carter, who received assistance in managing polio related health problems. Susan's life tragically ended in 1993 when she was struck by a car outside of her office in D.C., but her spirit lives on through the lectureship where MedStar NRN brings in the brightest minds in rehabilitation to speak.

For more information on past Susan Carter Lecture speakers, click here.

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 orthopedic 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.

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Contact: Derek T. Berry
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MedStar NRH Honors Its Residents for 2016 at Annual Medical Staff Banquet

WASHINGTON, DC – June 23, 2016 – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/Georgetown University Rehabilitation Residents recently celebrated their time with the network during the annual Medical Staff Banquet and Residents Awards dinner on Friday, June 10, 2016.

The banquet took place at the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, MD.

Highlights/honors from this year’s banquet included:

Attending of the Year – Richard Zorowitz, MD

Outgoing Chiefs – Marina Ma, MD & Eric Scholten, MD

New Chiefs – Michael Auriemma, MD & James Liadis, MD

Top Five Residents For 2016 Include:

  • James Liadis, MD
  • Marina Ma, MD
  • Patrick Martone, DO
  • Michael Auriemma, MD (Resident of the Year)
  • Eric Scholten, MD

Residents with the top SAE Scores – 90% or above:

  • Daniel Reid, MD – 93.1
  • Simon Willis, MD – 96.8
  • Emma Nally, MD – 97.8
  • Rohan Kapoor, MD – 98.3
  • Rishi Vora, DO – 98.8
  • Patrick Martone, DO – 99
  • Joseph Sclafani, MD – 95.5
  • James Liadis, MD – 98.5
  • Michael Auriemma, MD – 99.8
  • Rajat Mathur, MD – 95.1
  • Eric Scholten, MD – 97.7
  • Marina Ma, MD – 98.7

 

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) 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 orthopedic 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 NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and 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 NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

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Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
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Curtis Whitehair, MD’s, GME Leadership Lauded by ACGME; Receives Prestigious Parker J. Palmer Award for Work with Residency Program

Dr Curtis Whitehair receiving Parker J Palmer AwardWASHINGTON, DC – March 17, 2016 – Curtis Whitehair, MD, FAAPMR, program director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is one of just 10 recipients of a 2016 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He was chosen for this prestigious honor from among more than 9,800 residency program directors representing all specialties.

The award honors residency program leaders who find creative ways to teach residents and fellows, while providing quality health care. It recognizes those leaders who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs and serve as exemplary role models for residents.

“We are very proud of Curtis—not simply for this recent recognition—but for his day-to-day inspiring approach to resident education,” says Michael Yochelson, MD, MBA, MedStar NRH vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. “He has brought real innovation to our program and helped propel it into one of the most sought after psychiatry residencies in the country.”

“Being a program director is very much like being the conductor of an orchestra. And to succeed you need the support of all the players,” says Dr. Whitehair. “I’ve been fortunate that the leadership at MedStar NRH has supported my efforts. They have made education a critical mission of this institution. I’m grateful for their support—and very grateful to ACGME for this honor.”

 


 

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) 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 orthopedic 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 NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and 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 NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Contact: Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Named one of U.S. Best Hospitals for 21st Straight Year

WASHINGTON, DC – July 24, 2015 – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) has once again been ranked by physicians as one of America’s Best Hospitals in the 2015-16 Best Hospitals issue of U.S.News & World Report.

For the 21st consecutive year, MedStar NRH is ranked by physicians as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country, coming in at number 13 overall - (ranking of the Best Rehabilitation Hospitals here - http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/rehabilitation?page=2

 “We are very proud to be recognized by our peers in the medical community for our efforts in providing our patients with high quality healthcare,” said Michael Yochelson, MD, MedStar NRH Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “This ranking is a testament to the dedication, commitment and experience of our Team Members at MedStar NRH, as well as the support of our community. We are grateful to our colleagues for this recognition and it inspires us to continue to provide our patients with compassionate care and innovative programs and techniques, which will empower them to lead productive, independent lives.”

The new rankings recognize hundreds of hospitals in or near cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. U.S.News created the Best Hospitals list to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases. Rehabilitation rankings are based on reputational scores as identified by physiatrists nationwide.

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) 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 orthopedic 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 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and 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 NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

 

Contact:

Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]

 

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MedStar NRH Ranked Among Best Rehabilitation Hospitals for 20th Straight Year; No. 3 Overall in D.C. Region!

WASHINGTON, DC – July 28, 2014 – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) has once again been ranked by physicians as one of America’s Best Hospitals in the 2014-15 Best Hospitals issue of U.S.News & World Report. For the 20th consecutive year, MedStar NRH is ranked by physicians as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country, coming in at number 12 overall. (ranking of the Best Rehabilitation Hospitals here - http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/rehabilitation?page=2) In addition, MedStar NRH is ranked as the 3rd best hospital overall in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The complete list of regional rankings here:http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/washington-dc

Our sister MedStar Health hospital MedStar Washington Hospital Center was also named among the top five ‘best’ hospitals in the D.C. region, coming in at number two overall.

“We are very proud to be recognized by our peers in the medical community for our efforts in providing our patients with high quality healthcare,” said Michael Yochelson, MD, MedStar NRH Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “This ranking is a testament to the dedication, commitment and experience of our Team Members at MedStar NRH, as well as the support of our community. We are grateful to our colleagues for this recognition and it inspires us to continue to provide our patients with compassionate care and innovative programs and techniques, which will empower them to lead productive, independent lives.”

The new rankings recognize hundreds of hospitals in or near cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. U.S.News created the Best Hospitals list to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases. Rehabilitation rankings are based on reputational scores as identified by physiatrists nationwide.

 

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) 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 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and 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 NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

 

Contact:

Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
202-877-1773 PHONE
202-829-5161 FAX
[email protected]

MedStar’s New Website Is A One-Stop Resource For Accessing Doctors and Trusted Healthcare Information

Columbia, MD – MedStar Health’s newly integrated website—MedStarHealth.org—launches Monday, Oct. 21. It brings together 16 external websites into one system site, giving visitors easier access to physicians and services across MedStar Health. Now, consumers will have a single online destination for trusted healthcare information.

“True to our Patient First value, the new website was created with the end-user—our patients, families, job seekers, clinicians, associates, and consumers—in mind, creating a seamless experience focused entirely on the needs of the communities we serve. The website not only reflects the depth and breadth of services offered throughout and across MedStar Health, but it represents the strength of systemness in action,” says President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE.

At MedStarHealth.org, visitors can:
           •  Search for any MedStar physician with one easy-to-use tool, Find a Doctor, which is accessible
              on every page
           •  Register for any MedStar class or program
           •  Find information on all services offered at MedStar
           •  Search the enhanced health encyclopedia for health topics from A to Z

Detailed service line content, like cancer, heart and orthopaedic care, is consolidated and updated with links to entity-specific information. Individual hospitals and other MedStar entities have their own subsites within the system site, and familiar sections have been updated, such as Patients and Visitors, About Us, Giving, and Careers.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
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M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Named One Of U.S. Best Hospitals For 19th Straight Year & #3 In D.C. Region

WASHINGTON, DC – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) has once again been ranked by physicians as one of America’s Best Hospitals in 2013 in the July issue ofU.S.News & World Report.

For the 19th consecutive year, MedStar NRH is ranked by physicians as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country, coming in at number 11 overall. (Click here for the complete list of rehabilitation hospitals.) In addition, MedStar NRH is ranked as the 3rd best hospital overall in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The complete list of regional rankings:http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/washington-dc

Sister MedStar Health hospitals MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital were also named among the top five ‘best’ hospitals in the D.C. region.

“We are very proud to be recognized by our peers in the medical community for our efforts in providing our patients with high quality healthcare,” said Michael Yochelson, MD, MedStar NRH Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “This ranking is a testament to the dedication, commitment and experience of our Team Members at MedStar NRH, as well as the support of our community. We are grateful to our colleagues for this recognition and it inspires us to continue to provide our patients with compassionate care and innovative programs and techniques, which will empower them to lead productive, independent lives.”

The new rankings recognize hundreds of hospitals in or near cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. U.S.News created the Best Hospitals list to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases. Rehabilitation rankings are based on reputational scores as identified by physiatrists nationwide.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]