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.

For Immediate Release

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

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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.

For Immediate Release

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

[email protected]

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.

For Immediate Release

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

[email protected]

Pride and Engagement in Rehabilitation Excellence

Teamwork helps to achieve CRRN

“A nurse that earns and maintains the CRRN credential shows their organization, colleagues, and patients they take pride in their career and value personal achievement,” explains Roselle Anderson, RN, CRRN and Clinical Nurse Manager for 2 West at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, informally known as the CRRN, is the credential administered and directed by the Rehabilitation Nurse Certification Board (RNCB). Admissions Manager, Leena Oommen, RN, CRRN, says “the CRRN title not only instills confidence in a nurse but it also helps prepare nurses to take better care of patients with rehabilitation needs.” Oommen says that in the Admissions service area at MedStar NRH, “we have hired brilliant new graduate nurses who have no nursing experience. We introduced them to rehabilitation and after two years of teaching and learning about rehabilitation we encouraged them to sit for the CRRN.”

In December 2013 seven of MedStar NRH’s nurse liaisons attempted the exam and successfully passed. “It has been a very rewarding experience not only for the newly certified CRRNs but for our service area as a whole,” says Oommen.

“A CRRN certification validates a rehab nurse’s expertise to his/her colleagues, supervisors and clients alike,” says Admissions Manager Ramon B. Amon, RNC, CRRN. Amon says that the certification adds to his confidence and competence in his work. “Having been a liaison nurse for many years, and now as a manager, I can say with certainty that referral sources look up to me for advice and direction when assessing patients largely because of my CRRN certification and because of my experience in the field,” he says.

Senior Liaison Nurse Evaluator, Faith Saporsantos, MSN, RN, CRRN agrees, stating, “certification has provided me a sense of personal and professional accomplishment. It represents specialized knowledge and expertise. Becoming a CRRN validates nursing experience and enhances professional credibility within the rehabilitation setting. I have made an investment in myself that can offer professional rewards and lead to opening new doors for the future.”

And those incentives for the professional nurse to obtain their CRRN include:

  • Personal Accomplishment
  • Professional Achievement
  • Career Advancement, Recognition and Credibility
  • Enhanced Work Environment

Admissions nurse and recently certified CRRN, Tami Lyn Forth, RN, added her insights by saying, “to the public and to individual nurses, certification usually means expert, high-quality, competent nursing care. Since the liaison nurse evaluator does not perform direct care, I believe the certification signifies that we have a much more comprehensive understanding of the level of care and needs of the patient and caregivers.”

For Immediate Release

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