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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Derek Berry
Director of Communications
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Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine team up for Concussion Awareness in the District

WASHINGTON, DC – Children’s National Health System and MedStar Sports Medicine are spearheading a first-of-its-kind concussion awareness and training pilot program, funded by the District of Columbia Department of Health, to develop sustainable strategies for the District’s Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. The Act applies to athletes in the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age and younger, who participate in any athletic program in or out of school. The Act requires coaches, parents, and school personnel be trained in concussion recognition and response, which compels the athlete to be removed from the field or court following a suspected concussion, only to return to play after a healthcare provider experienced in concussion management provides written clearance to do so.

Over the course of six months, Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine will provide education and training events for youth, student athletes, athletic program administrators, coaches, school nurses, teachers, and parents. The goal is to educate each group on how to identify a suspected concussion and when student athletes can return to school and play. Working with various government, school, parenting, and athletic organizations, the partners will continue to evaluate and improve concussion awareness, implement training programs, and help to develop and enforce the stipulations surrounding the Athletic Concussion Protection Act.

Co-Principal Investigator and MedStar NRH’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Michael R. Yochelson, MD, believes in the importance of detection, stating, “It is critical that everyone involved in youth athletics has the ability to recognize the signs  and symptoms associated with concussion in order to remove student athletes  from play if a concussion is suspected.”

“Traumatic brain injuries affect millions of young athletes annually,” says grant lead, Children’s National Spokesperson, and Co-Principal Investigator Gerard Gioia, PhD. “By educating and working with the community to identify a concussion and manage it, we can ensure that our children have the greatest potential to succeed not just on the playing field but at school and the other aspects of their lives.” The partnership between Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine is an important one, as both organizations bring significant expertise and resources for the protection of student athletes from the effects of concussion.

While the first of a series of train the trainer events began today, June 18, the beginning of the grant’s activities began on May 11, 2015, when the grant leaders sponsored the event “Scholar Athletes to Successful Leaders,” at The City Club of Washington, DC. Shireen Atabaki, MD, MPH, from Children’s National presented the Concussion Care & Training Program. During her presentation, she emphasized the fact that the District of Columbia is the first jurisdiction to fund training and public awareness for Athletic Concussion Protection. This initiative will focus on underserved student athletes who are the most vulnerable. The day-long forum brought together District school athletic teams and DC Council Members, where they discussed various topics including workforce development, health, wellness, and concussions.

“The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) believes that establishing a pilot concussion program to support the Athletic Concussion Protection Act will help pave a national pathway for other states nationwide, as concussions affect young athletes everywhere. This is part of Mayor Bowser’s mandate to improve the health and wellness of the residents of our city,” notes DOH Director, LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH.

Although estimates of mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are unclear at this time, well over 1 million are believed to occur annually among student athletes, making it a serious public health issue in the United States.


About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is Magnet® designated, and was ranked among the top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report 2015-16. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Sports Medicine

MedStar Sports Medicine, an initiative integrated throughout MedStar Health, is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 36 physicians, 23 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Baltimore Blast, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official medical team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).


Emily Hartman
Children’s National Health System
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Derek Berry
MedStar Health
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Nats Mascot Visits MedStar NRH Peds Patients

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2015 — Washington Nationals mascot Screech recently made a surprise visit to pediatric patients at MedStar NRH and brightened their days.  Screech spent time entertaining and playing with the children as well as handing out Nats goodies that brought laughter and smiles..

Screech’s visit was made possible by Mary Brick, a family friend of Carson Powell who is a patient in the pediatric unit. Carson is 12-years-old and was injured in a motor vehicle accident in June in Haymarket, VA. His rehabilitation has been going well and he’s able to walk better and better each day after suffering a broken leg in the accident. Carson loves baseball and during the visit Screech gave him a special autographed Bryce Harper bobblehead. The visit ended with high fives, hugs and group photos with the patients.

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Derek T. Berry Director of Communications
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