MedStar NRH Neuroscience OT Residency Nation’s First

McLean, Virginia – Sept. 22, 2017 —The new MedStar NRH Neuroscience Occupational Therapy Residency Program earned top marks during its first site visit by the American Occupational Therapy Association—the national accrediting organization. The residency program is the first of its kind in the nation, and was developed to provide practicing OTs with advanced training in the care of patients with neurological issues such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, ALS, MS and Parkinson’s disease.

The program has been designed to provide residents with a wide-ranging experience during the course of one year. ”We established four components of study under the mentorship of experienced practitioners that include clinical care, teaching, advocacy and research,” explains Amanda Gahlot MS, OTR/L BCPR, part of the team that developed the curriculum.
“Residents spend time at MedStar NRH, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. They also have involvement in clinical research, and exposure to advocacy and leadership through community outreach activities,” she says.

In addition, through MedStar NRH’s long-held partnership with Trinity Washington University, residents will also experience teaching in the school’s occupational therapy assistant program and its OT master’s program.

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 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 National Rehabilitation Network Receives Donation of New Vehicle for Patients’ Therapy from Longtime Supporters Volkswagen Group of America & GEICO

 

NRH Geico News ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 18, 2015 – For disabled patients who hope to one day restore their independence by driving again, that day is a little closer. This past week MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) received a generous donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO.

The Passat’s decorative wrapping features GEICO Geckos, VW keys and each company’s logo. The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from a variety of disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and orthopaedic injuries, learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves an integral role in the MedStar NRH Driver’s Education Program’s evaluation process of patients yearning to regain the independence that only a driver’s license can provide. In both cases, patients are assisted by MedStar NRH occupational therapists. 

 “This generous gift helps our patients relearn skills that promote improved motor function and independence, and those skills learned in the hospital setting are immediately transferrable in a community setting,” said John Rockwood, President, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health. “Both VW and GEICO connect with this goal, and understand that for our patients there is no greater independence than being able to travel in a car. We are truly honored that VW and GEICO have chosen to partner with us to make this new training vehicle a reality.”

The car was officially installed earlier this fall and patients have received tremendous benefit out of the vehicle. The VW video production team is chronicling the installation and unveiling of the vehicle for a special video to be released soon on the company’s media site.

“Volkswagen is proud to support MedStar NRH and its endeavors to help patients who have overcome incredible circumstances regain the autonomy of entering and egressing from a vehicle, as well as relearn driving skills,” said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We are honored that the 2015 Passat can play such an important role in this next phase of the recovery process for MedStar NRH patients.”  

 “The benefits that the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network achieves on behalf of patients are remarkable,” said Greg Kalinsky, GEICO senior vice president and a member of the MedStar NRH board of directors.  “They can and have enriched the lives of many and we are pleased that we can support their breakthroughs.”

Photos from the event available here – feel free to download – photos by Sharon Natoli.

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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.

ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as our financial arm VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.; VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

ABOUT GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 13 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 22 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.

Contact: Derek T. Berry
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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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APHASIA AND SPEECH LANGUAGE DISORDERS – INVESTIGATING THE HIDDEN POWER OF INNER SPEECH

Dr. Turkeltaub - Aphasia

WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 9, 2015 – “On the tip of my tongue” is a much-used phrase—and familiar experience to many. For most of us, this momentary search for a word is a simple annoyance.  For those suffering from aphasia, it’s a frustrating and isolating, everyday reality.

Millions of Americans suffer from aphasia—an acquired impairment of language and communication as a result of stroke or another type of brain injury.  While current therapies can be effective, they have limitations.  So when MedStar NRH Researcher Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD, observed a phenomenon while treating patients, he recognized a potential for progress.

“Many people with aphasia describe experiencing inner speech. While searching for a word, they will say it to themselves. They hear the ‘inner speech” in their heads, but can’t say it aloud.  Some patients experience this all of the time—some feel it only occasionally,” says Dr. Turkeltaub, director of the MedStar NRH Aphasia Clinic.

“When we think of aphasia, we think of people struggling, but failing, to find the right word. But those people with inner speech experience something different. They find the word—and go a step further. They hear it spoken in their minds, yet can’t say it aloud,” Dr. Turkeltaub explains.

“The problem may be that the mouth can’t move properly to form the sound.  We want to know why some people experience this phenomena—while others do not.  Ultimately, we want to understand how this might impact future aphasia therapy.” 

NIDCD Grant

Dr. Turkeltaub and his colleagues conducted a preliminary study of a small sample of patients with promising results: Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed experienced the phenomenon. Also, their reports about inner speech were related to the particular part of the brain affected by the stroke, and even predicted which words they would relearn during speech therapy.

Now Dr. Turkeltaub has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to explore the concept further.*

“Successful inner speech is hard to verify,” Dr. Turkeltaub says.  “It hasn’t been investigated at all in aphasia—except for a study published in 1976 that examined self-reporting of ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ sensations. We hope this new study will build on this and on our own preliminary research,” he adds. 

This new investigation has three key objectives:

  • Understand how common the sense of successful inner speech is among people with aphasia and who is most likely to report it;
  • Examine the relationship between the sense of successful inner speech and the psychological processes of word-finding; and
  • Examine whether brain activity patterns during word-finding reflect the perception of success or failure of inner speech.

Dr. Turkeltaub and his team hope to recruit approximately 50 men and women who have aphasia as a result of a stroke.  Participants will first be surveyed about their inner speech experiences and information will be collected about their diagnoses and the location of their strokes.

A subset of participants will also be asked to participate in a series of tests of inner and out loud word recognition, while undergoing functional MRI. Imaging will examine brain activity when patients are calling these words to mind.

New Therapy Approaches

Investigators hope that results will help to clarify if patients who are more likely to experience inner speech share certain characteristics—information that may help to identify a subset of patients for whom a modification in traditional therapy might enhance recovery. 

“Aphasia is very difficult for patients and the people around them,” says Dr. Turkeltaub.  “We have made progress in therapy in recent years. There are also medications we prescribe that may improve memory and language.  At MedStar NRH, we’re looking at the use of transcranial direct current stimulation to increase recovery for people with aphasia. And we are studying other ways to boost brain plasticity, as well.

“Still, this research could provide us with a new way to guide individualized aphasia therapy, and could fundamentally change the way we understand the experience of having aphasia,” Dr. Turkeltaub adds.

*This is the third grant the lab has received from NIDCD on inner speech in the past year. Two of Dr. Turkeltaub’s graduate students, William Hayward and Mackenzie Famahave, won National Research Service Award training grants from NIDCD to study inner speech in aphasia.

 


 

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
[email protected]

Elissa Newport, PhD, Receives Prestigious Franklin Institute Award for Contributions to Human Language

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 27, 2015— The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia recently awarded Elissa L. Newport, PhD, with one of its 2015 Franklin Institute Awards for her contributions to understanding the nature of human language. Dr. Newport was one of eight Benjamin Franklin Medal recipients recognized at the awards ceremony hosted by Bob Schieffer, moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, in April.

“The awards have publically recognized and encouraged preeminent accomplishments in science and technology on an international level since the Institute was founded in 1824,” stated the Institute in the awards announcement. “The recipients join an extraordinary list of great men and women who have significantly improved our world with their pioneering discoveries and innovations.“

Past laureates include Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Jacques Cousteau, and more recently Jane Goodall, Dean Kamen, and Bill Gates.

Dr. Newport, a professor of neurology and director of the Georgetown University/MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, has devoted her career to studying human language acquisition and has brought together different threads of research to codify and synthesize new theories and insights into the cognitive and organic bases of language.

She received the Benjamin Franklin Medal In Computer And Cognitive Science “for her contributions to understanding the nature of human language, including the acquisition of spoken and visual language in both typically developing children and those developing in atypical environments; to characterizing critical periods for language learning; and to improving methods for language recovery after damage to the brain.”

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country.

To learn more about Elissa Newport’s award, visit: https://www.fi.edu/laureates/elissa-l-newport

 

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
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
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MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Helps Parkinson’s Patients Move More Freely Through Physical Therapy

Network launches LSVT BIG/LOUD program for Parkinson’s patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 30, 2015 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is launching a program for Parkinson’s patients called LSVT BIG/LOUD, to help patients with the disease improve both speech and movement.

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), an exercise treatment program designed to help the brain learn and change and improve speech, is now offered four days a week with certified physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists conducting this intensive therapy.

During therapy, patients are asked to practice a series of exercises to amplify the shuffling movements some people with Parkinson’s make – focusing on large, full range motion to retrain the brain. This is the BIG portion of therapy. “They also have to supplement their hour-long sessions with at-home exercises twice per day,” says Kristen Patterson, DPT, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network. “It’s a commitment, but patients who stick with it see real improvement.”

The LOUD portion of therapy is focused on improving speech affected by the disease. “LOUD is a well-researched therapy that helps recalibrate the loudness of a person’s voice,” says Suzanne Redmond, SLP, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network. “When Parkinson’s affects speech, it’s as if the person’s volume has been turned down.”

According to Redmond, patients will often use the same amount of effort to speak, but their voices are much softer and less clear. For four days a week over a month-long period, patients practice exercises that help them with the volume of their voice, endurance and breath support so they can produce a louder voice with clearer speech.

Exercises performed at home are also required for the LOUD therapy. Parkinson’s patients can do both therapies at once or separately.

Several MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network sites offer LSVT BIG/LOUD including: Ballston (Arlington), VA; McLean, VA; Irving Street-D.C.; Olney & Montrose in Montgomery County, MD; Leisure World in Silver Spring, MD; and Bel Air, MD.

For more information, go to MedStarNRH.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 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.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
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Study: Individuals Treated in Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Have Better Outcomes, Live Longer

WASHINGTON, DC – July 10, 2014 — A new study recently unveiled at a Congressional briefing hosted by Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D., and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Victory Award® recipient in 2007) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) shows that individuals with brain injury and stroke treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes. The study is the most comprehensive national analysis to date examining the long-term outcomes of clinically similar patient populations treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals/units or nursing homes.

Key Study Findings

Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and After Discharge conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, studied a national sample of Medicare fee-for-service claims data for a two-year period after illness or injury to compare the clinical outcomes and Medicare payments for individuals who received rehabilitation in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital to clinically similar patients in nursing homes. The study’s key findings show:

Over a two-year study period, individuals treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units on average:

  • Returned home from their initial hospital rehabilitation stay two weeks earlier
  • Remained home nearly two months longer
  • Lived nearly two months longer

Other highlights of the study include:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation hospital patients showed an 8 percent lower mortality rate than skilled nursing facility patients
  • Patients with five of the 13 diagnostic conditions – amputation, brain injury, hip fracture, major medical complexity and pain syndrome – showed significantly fewer hospital re-admissions than skilled nursing facility patients
  • Patients made five percent fewer emergency room visits per year than skilled nursing facility patients

To view the full study, click here.

 

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.

 

Contacts

Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
202-877-1773 PHONE
202-829-5161 FAX
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Latino Stroke Support Group 4th Thursday of Each Month

Latino Stroke Support Group 4th Thursday of Each Month - Informational Group for Spanish-speaking People Who Have Suffered a Stroke or Brain Injury from Stroke

Attention Spanish-speaking people in the Washington, D.C. area: MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will be holding monthly meetings of the Latino Stroke Support Group on the 4th Thursday of each month. Meetings take place at the Latin American Youth Center (1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009).

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, together with speech, physical, and occupational therapists, has designed the group to offer information, advice and support to people who have suffered a stroke or other illnesses related to the brain. Some topics that will be presented in an effort to help survivors return to their prior life activities are: nutrition and eating right after a stroke, access to doctors and stroke prevention, depression, coping with stress, and community resources, among others.

The meeting will be conducted in Spanish and family members are welcome to join. Snacks and drinks will be provided as well.

For questions or inquiries, contact Ilana Oliff by phone at 202-877-1452 or by email:[email protected].

 

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 NRH Hosts Spring Fashion Show Benefit for Stroke Patients, Tues. May 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Old Angler’s Inn, Potomac, MD

WASHINGTON, DC – Apr. 28, 2014 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will host a Spring Fashion Show and Stroke Awareness event on Tuesday, May 13, at the Old Angler’s Inn (10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD), from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The cost to attend is $65 per person. Tables can be purchased in groups of 4 to 10 ranging from $400 to $1,000. All proceeds go to MedStar NRH stroke patients who receive rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy).

Attendees will see a fashion show of spring fashions for women sponsored by Bloomingdale’s along with displays from Barbie B and Whimzi Gifts. Raffle prize sponsors include: The Palm Restaurant of Tysons Corner; Old Angler’s Inn; Newton’s Table; Cesco’s Osteria; Liljenquist & Beckstead; Bloomingdale’s; La Ferme Restaurant; Fitness Training by Sheila Cave; Salon Jean; and LJD Coaching.

To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets call 202-877-1774 or visit MedStarNRH.org/FashionShow

For Immediate Release

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