MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Partners with WebPT to Improve Patient Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 2, 2016 – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network recently  announced it has implemented WebPT — the leading electronic medical record (EMR) software for physical, occupational and speech therapists — throughout its network of 50 outpatient sites in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Southern Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia.

WebPT’s cloud-based documentation, billing, scheduling and practice management software will help streamline therapist workflows and business operations across MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s entire outpatient site network, ultimately allowing providers to spend more time with patients.

“The greatest thing about our therapists using this product is that it will allow us to be even more interactive with our patients and not spend extra time on the charting process,” said John Brickley, PT, MA, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network Vice President, Ambulatory Operations & Network Development. “This will benefit the communities we serve to an even greater extent and allow for patients to have even greater access to the services we provide to them.”

In addition to allowing therapists to quickly access patient charts and schedule future appointments, WebPT provides a suite of compliance features, customization options and business reporting tools. Through its partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, WebPT looks forward to helping rehab therapists in a vast array of specialties provide better care and improve the patient experience.

“MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a prestigious player in the rehab therapy space, and we’re so honored to welcome them to the WebPT community,” said Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, president and co-founder of WebPT. “As a rapidly-growing network of multidisciplinary therapy clinics offering a comprehensive selection of specialty services and programs, MedStar NRH needed a practice management solution that was easy to use at the individual therapist level, as well as easy to scale across multiple locations. The fact that their extensive search led them to WebPT is extremely validating for us as we continue to add more hospitals and large multi-site practices to our customer base of more than 8,700 clinics 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, Northern Virginia and Delaware

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, D.C., and at dozens of outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as well as 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.

 

About WebPT, Inc.

With more than 62,000 members and 8,700 clinics, WebPT is the leading EMR for physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Offering a simple, affordable solution, WebPT makes it easy for therapists to transition from paper and outdated software to a user-friendly, cloud-based system. With WebPT, therapists, directors and front office staff all have access to their patients’ medical records anywhere, anytime. Based in downtown Phoenix, WebPT has a 99.9 percent uptime rate as well as a 99.2 percent customer retention rate. Learn more at http://webpt.com

Interdisciplinary Model of Care to Help MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Patients Better Understand Their Plan on Care

 

IMOCPatient care teams in nursing, therapy and medical affairs with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network are applying a new model of care, known as the Interdisciplinary Model of Care (IMOC), aimed at improving how health care is delivered and the experience patients expect from us. These demonstration units serve as a testing ground for physicians, nurses, case managers, therapists, and others to learn and practice the model of care before it is used at all MedStar hospitals.

The IMOC points the way to furthering our commitment to high quality, safe and evidence-based care that leads to the best results for our patients. It emphasizes how various members of the healthcare team work together to provide care that is better coordinated and more patient and family centered. The IMOC engages caregivers and patients in all aspects of daily care and discharge planning. Working in partnership with patients and families as part of the team is essential to increasing patient safety, quality care and patient satisfaction.

What does the Interdisciplinary Model of Care look like? One example is daily interdisciplinary bedside rounding, in which the care team—including the patient and family—comes together at the same time each day to discuss the patient’s treatment goals and progress. With the caregiver team present during rounds, everyone receives the same information at the same time, leading to better understanding of the patient’s plan of care.

Key features of the IMOC include specific role responsibilities for providers and associates, as well as relationship-based care and primary nursing, which emphasize creating a relationship with patients by understanding their unique stories, encouraging them to speak up about their care experience, and share with the team what is most important to them.

 

 


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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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
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MedStar NRH Researcher Barbara S. Bregman Recipient of 2016 Goldschmidt Award

 

WASHINGTON, DC – June 17, 2016 – Barbara S. Bregman, PhD, senior research scientist and director of education and training with MedStar NRH Research Division, and a professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Center for Brain Plasticity at Georgetown University, is the recipient of the 28th Annual John W. Goldschmidt Award. Dr. Bregman presented a lecture on Brain Spasticity during the annual program and award ceremony on Friday, June 10 at MedStar NRH’s Irving Street campus.

Dr. Bregman has a long-standing interest in the recovery of function after a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, from both clinical and scientific perspectives. Dr. Bregman received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY in 1971, and practiced clinically for a number of years, specializing in central nervous system disorders. She received her PhD from the Department of Anatomy at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

After postdoctoral research training in neural tissue transplantation techniques, Dr. Bregman established an independent research program that has focused on central nervous system development, plasticity, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury in neonatal and adult mammals.

Her research program has been internationally recognized and has been NIH-funded for more than 25 years. The long-range goal of her research has been to identify the requirements of developing and mature central nervous system neurons for survival and axonal regeneration after injury and to identify ways to enhance regenerative growth and recovery of function after spinal cord injury at birth or at maturity.

During her lecture, Dr. Bregman discussed the various parts of the brain that helps the body with movement. She compared the human spine to that of a cat’s spine, which she studied in research situations to show how the human nervous system works. She delved into how activity – physical therapy being chief among those activities – can play a crucial role following a central nervous system injury – brain or spinal. “Age and activity are two very critical factors following a central nervous system injury,” said Dr. Bregman, “but activity itself can help determine the nature and extent of plasticity.”

She did all of her research with many other scientists and researchers through the years who she admires and exchanges ideas with. She truly enjoys this type of environment and says it leads to ways to find the best possible results in the field.

“I believe in an environment where there is a strong exchange of ideas and a culture of learning,” said Dr. Bregman, who also helped establish the nationally accredited MedStar NRH/George Washington University Physical Therapy Neuroresidency Program. “This approach changed the way I think about science and ideas.”

She encouraged all of those in attendance to be bold, think big, expect the unexpected and look for positive growth.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” added Dr. Bregman. “I wouldn’t be here receiving this if there were not people in my life that helped me grow, personally and professionally.”

The Goldschmidt Award and Lecture is a prestigious honor at MedStar NRH. It serves to honor the years and effort devoted by MedStar NRH’s founding medical director, John W. Goldschmidt, who worked towards enhancing an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. The recipients of the award are those who are motivated to positively influence both fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

 

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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MedStar NRH 30th Anniversary Victory Awards® Gala Raises $135,000 In 10 Minutes for Adaptive Sports Program

MEDSTAR NRH 30th ANNIVERSARY VICTORY AWARDS® GALA
MedStar NRH 30th Anniversary Victory Awards® Gala

Honorees included Breaking Bad actor, RJ Mitte; former pediatric patient, Bensten Schone; D.C. businessman, Mark French

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2016 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) hosted its 30th anniversary Victory Awards® Gala at the Mellon Auditorium in D.C., on Wednesday, April 20. The emcee for this year’s ceremony was NBC4 anchor Doreen Gentzler.

The theme of MedStar NRH’s 30th Anniversary Gala was “A Celebration of Brazilian Culture & Saluting Those Who Have Faced Challenges Through Their Disabilities.” The evening featured a seated dinner and presentation of the Victory Awards® which honorees received for their courage in facing the challenges of overcoming disabilities.

This year’s honorees included:

  • RJ Mitte, award-winning actor from the hit AMC-TV show Breaking Bad
  • Bensten Schone, age 7, a former pediatric patient with MedStar NRH/Children’s National Health System Center for Children’s Rehabilitation
  • Mark French, D.C. businessman & former MedStar NRH patient

The three honorees were recognized for having shown exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity. They serve as role models for all persons with disabilities.

All proceeds from this year’s Gala will support the new National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation & Research, which is to be housed in a new addition at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C. The Center will help maintain the network’s national leadership position in brain injury rehabilitation and research.

This year’s event raised more than $135,000 for MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports para-athletes who compete in various sports such as wheelchair basketball and tennis; quad rugby; sled hockey; rowing; handcycling; and sit volleyball. If you would like to support our adaptive sports and fitness programs, our other philanthropic efforts go to http://www.medstarnrh.org/ways-to-give/#q={}

 


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 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
Ph: 202-877-1773
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MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network to Play Key Role in Newly Opened MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus

Outpatient Facility Expands Access to Care in Harford County

MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network Bel Air Facility
MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network Bel Air Facility

COLUMBIA, MD – The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, a 100,000 square-foot comprehensive, integrated medical facility in Harford County, Maryland. The site opened officially on April 12.

The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus enables MedStar to consolidate its various Harford County locations under one roof, making it more convenient for patients to get their care needs met in one place.

As part of that expansion of access to care, is the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Bel Air Medical Campus, which will play a key role with rehabilitation which will include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, cancer rehabilitation, orthopaedic injuries, and sports medicine services such as running injury clinic and baseball player injury screening.

In addition to this expansion of care, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network will also continue offering rehabilitation services at its existing site in Bel Air, called the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Bel Air Athletic Club, which will feature speech therapy and more.

The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus site has state-of-the-art technology for diagnostics and medical imaging. Plus the benefits of integrated electronic health records mean patients have the added safety and convenience of their records being available at any MedStar Health site they visit.

Click here, to read more about services at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medial Campus.

For more details, visit MedStarNRH.org/BelAir. To make an appointment, call 410-877-8078.

 


 

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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]

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]

Alexander Dromerick, MD, Publishes Prestigious Article in JAMA on Task-Oriented Rehabilitation and Stroke Patients

Dr. Dromerick with a patientWASHINGTON, DC – March 17, 2016 – Alexander Dromerick, MD, MedStar NRH VP of the Research Division and Chair and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University, along with being the co-director of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery (a joint program between Georgetown University and MedStar NRH), recently had a very prestigious article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Dromerick’s work recognizes his and his cohorts’ efforts on the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) trial. This publication in JAMA is extraordinary as it is only the second Phase III rehabilitation trial ever published.

Months before Dr. Dromerick began with MedStar NRH in 2004, he collaborated with MedStar NRH researchers and the Assistive Technology & Research Center to support preliminary data collection for ICARE. Dr. Dromerick said this was an enormous show of faith on the part of MedStar NRH at that time as he conducted his research.

The JAMA work Dr. Dromerick was involved in shows that task-oriented rehabilitation does not necessarily result in greater recovery from stroke. The study says, ‘that task-oriented rehabilitation programs, compared with typical rehabilitation for stroke patients, did not result in better motor function or recovery after 12 months for patients with moderate upper extremity impairment following a stroke.”

 

 


 

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]

Righting a Wrong? Right Side of Brain Can Compensate for Post-Stroke Loss of Speech

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOV. 11, 2015 — After a debate that has lasted more than 130 years, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center and with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network have found that loss of speech from a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain can be recovered on the back, right side of the brain. This contradicts recent notions that the right hemisphere interferes with recovery.

While the findings will likely not put an immediate end to the debate, they suggest a new direction in treatment.

The study, published in Brain, is the first to look at brain structure and grey matter volume when trying to understand how speech is recovered after a stroke. Results show that patients who have regained their voice have increased grey matter volume in the back of their right hemisphere — mirroring the location of one of the two left hemisphere speech areas.

“Over the past decade, researchers have increasingly suggested that the right hemisphere interferes with good recovery of language after left hemisphere strokes,” says the study’s senior author, Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD. an assistant professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center and director of the aphasia clinic at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. “Our results suggest the opposite — that right hemisphere compensation improves recovery.”

Approximately one-third of stroke survivors lose speech and language — a disorder called aphasia — and most never fully regain it. Turkeltaub says loss of speech occurs almost exclusively in patients with a left hemisphere stroke — roughly 70 percent of people with left hemisphere strokes have language problems.

In a group of 32 left-hemisphere stroke survivors, the researchers determined whether increased grey matter volume in the right hemisphere related to better than expected speech abilities, given the individual features of each person’s stroke. The researchers enrolled an additional 30 individuals who had not experienced a stroke as a control group.

The investigators found that stroke participants who had better than expected speech abilities after their stroke had more grey matter in the back of the right hemisphere compared to stroke patients with worse speech. Those areas of the right hemisphere were also larger in the stroke survivors than in the control group, Turkeltaub says. “This indicates growth in these brain areas that relates to better speech production after a stroke.”

Turkeltaub, a member of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery at Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, and his colleagues are continuing their study, looking for areas that compensate for other aspects of language use, such as comprehension of speech. The speech center discovered by the team aids only in use of speech, not in understanding what is said to an affected stroke patient.

Co-authors include Shihui Xing, MD, PhD, Elizabeth H. Lacey, PhD, Elizabeth Lacey, PhD, Xiong Jiang, PhD, and Laura M. Skipper-Kallal, PhD, from Georgetown University Medical Center; Michelle Harris-Love, PhD, from MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and a member of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery; and Jinsheng Zeng MD, PhD, from First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China;

This study was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences via the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (KL2TR000102), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2012062), Vernon Family Trust, National Natural Science Foundation of China (81000500, 81371277), Joint Funds of the Natural Science Foundation of China (U1032005), Project of Science and Technology New Star of Pearl River (2012J2200089), Chinese Government Scholarship Program, and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (20130805).


About the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery

The Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, a Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network collaboration, focuses on the study of biological processes underlying the brain’s ability to learn, develop, and recover from injury. Through interdisciplinary laboratory and clinical research, the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery aims to find ways to restore cognitive, sensory, and motor function caused by neurological damage and disease. 

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. 

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.

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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS SAY THE PROBLEM OF WOMEN LEAKING URINE DURING EXERCISE IS MORE COMMON THAN WE’VE KNOWN

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 5, 2015 – Leaking urine during exercise — called stress urinary incontinence, or SUI — is common, but not “normal.” In the U.S., the national average of women who experience incontinence is 1 in 3. A 2002 study done by Thyssen et al. surveyed 291 elite female athletes competing in a variety of sports from basketball to ballet regarding their history of urine loss during participation in their sport or day-to-day activities.

A full 151 reported leakage of some kind. Of the 151, five discussed it with a medical provider, and only six got pelvic floor training. Incontinence is very prevalent in the athletic community, yet most women do not seek treatment because they are either embarrassed or they assume it’s normal because everyone else they know has the same issue.

As physical therapists, we treat women every day who say that they leak urine when coughing, sneezing and exercising. The most common activities that lead to SUI are box jumps and double-unders (some women also experience SUI with deadlifts). In a physical therapy evaluation, women nearly always follow up admitting to SUI with a statement like, “Of course I leak, I’ve had two kids!”

While it is true that childbirth can be one of the factors that contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction, not all women experience incontinence after childbirth; and, it can be treated if it occurs.

Any women’s health physical therapist will tell you that it is not okay to leak urine when working out (or coughing or sneezing). It is a sign that the whole system is breaking down, and the pelvic floor is just the place it shows the most at the time.

Incontinence is just one way of identifying a pelvic floor insufficiency. It is a signal that an imbalance in the deep core exists. The deep core is a closed-pressure system, and insufficiency in any component will impact the capacity of the whole. A female athlete may not be incontinent, but may come to physical therapy with complaints of low back, hip or knee pain. As part of our initial evaluation, we ask every woman if they ever experience any incontinence. Over half of the women will say no, until we press, and then they admit that they do.

What they don’t understand is that pain in the knee may be related to weak and/or uncoordinated pelvic floor, diaphragm and hip muscles. Chronic groin strains, IT band syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, low-back pain and patellofemoral syndrome are a few of the common diagnoses that female patients seek treatment for — and an integrated approach is necessary to identify the root cause of the issue and to successfully treat the problem.

There are many factors that can lead to SUI and/or pelvic pain. The muscles of the pelvic floor may be weak from being stretched during vaginal delivery. The muscles may be hypertonic (overactive) and unable to relax, which decreases the strength of the contraction when they do fire. So they are overactive, but weak. The pelvic floor muscles may be overactive but strong; yet, the client has stronger abdominal, back, diaphragm and glottis (voice box) muscles.

Women who leak while lifting a heavy load may be in this category — holding their breath leads to a rigid thorax, yet they can’t contain about all of the pressure, so they either grunt/yell, leak urine, or sustain an abdominal hernia or herniated spinal disc. The pressure escapes the system through the weakest link. The pelvic floor may have been damaged (think episiotomy, forceps, vacuum extraction of baby, cancer/radiation) and the scar tissue affects the ability for the muscles to contract properly.

It is important to work with a therapist who can evaluate your specific condition and treat you with appropriate exercises and manual techniques. 

Sources used in this release include: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11999199

Written by Ann Wendel


 

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.

 

 

 

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Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
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