Anthonia is the new Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator at MedStar NRH! Have you been thinking about employment? Are you considering changing careers? Do you need disability related accommodations to return to work? If so, you might consider requesting a meeting with our vocational rehabilitation service area. Anthonia holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Anthonia can provide vocational guidance and counseling, vocational evaluations and job placement assistance. She can also provide job retention services and linkages to community resources for Supported Employment and job coaching. If you are a student, Anthonia can work with the disability services department of your educational institution to ensure that you have the accommodations that you need to complete your course requirements.
If you are interested in vocational rehabilitation services, please contact Anthonia Sowho at (202) 877-1198 or via email at [email protected]
If you haven’t already heard, there’s a new outpatient social worker! Deanna joined MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to support patients of any diagnosis and their caregivers with ‘navigating’ the healthcare system and community resources. At times it can be difficult, confusing, or just plain overwhelming to know what the next steps are and/or figure out how exactly to get to the next step; whether that next step is a personal goal or the goal of your providers and caregivers. Deanna is here to support you as you encounter these challenges and uncertainties. If you have any questions or would simply like to say “Hello,” you’re welcome to send her an email or give her a call!
Deanna Y. Cho, LGSW
Post-Acute Rehabilitation Navigator
MedStar NRH SCI BBQ and Dunk Tank 2015
Docs and therapists dunked! Patients, families and Team Members participated in a great event to support the MedStar NRH SCI Program. This year’s event was sponsored by Coloplast.
Does Your Bladder Bug You?
Researchers at MedStar NRH are developing a questionnaire that will help you track your urinary symptoms and assist you with deciding when you need to start treatment. You are invited to participate in testing the questionnaire if the following apply to you:
If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating in our survey, please go to www.iwellnessforlife.org/survey/
If you are interested in research or have any questions please contact Inger Ljungberg at (202)877-1694 or via email at [email protected]
The Urban Community Re-entry Group is facilitated by Dr. Samuel Gordon, a psychologist who has been working with persons with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) at MedStar NRH for the past 26 years. Over the years, most group members have been persons with violently-acquired injuries including gun-shot wounds who struggle to reintegrate into society because of various adversities associated with being disabled, part of a racial minority with limited financial resources, education and having to return to the dangerous streets of their neighborhoods with decreased physical capacities needed for survival.
The group has been geared at promoting a positive psychological and social adaptation to living in their communities with a disability. In addition to standard psychological and psycho-educational approaches, the group process utilizes non-traditional interventions, including mixing discussion of serious psychological challenges related to their physical and social conditions with opportunities to discuss their love for sports, music, and other forms of entertainment. Over the years we have been able to get funding to support members’ ability to attend leisure, recreational, and educational activities, including professional basketball games, picnics, college, and GED training.
Dr. Gordon is also the current president of the Metro DC Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), and his goal is to use his role with the chapter and the Urban Re-Entry Group to foster positive interactions and collaboration across geographic, racial, and socioeconomic lines.
The MedStar NRH Urban Community Re-entry Group takes place Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 in the Auditorium. For more information please contact, Ahsaki Hill/Samuel Gordon, Ph.D. 202-877-1120.
You can visit the Metro DC Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) at: http://www.spinalcord.org/
Facebook: SCI Network of Metro Washington DC
Twitter: United Spinal DC
Preeti has been working as a registered nurse with the SCI inpatient unit since her start at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 1999. After experiencing different areas of nursing, including cardio-thoracic operating room, recovery room, and psychiatric nurse, Preeti chose to pursue a career as an inpatient physical rehabilitation nurse: “rehab helps people to get back to life. Rehab teaches people to learn how to be independent once again after a disability.” Preeti described her career as more than performing a nursing role but that of a teacher: “I teach patients and families about their SCI so that they can become independent once again.”
Preeti recognizes that her work with SCI patients has taught her much about the “importance of being cautious and taking steps to prevent spinal cord injuries, such as wearing seat belts, sober driving, and wearing helmets.” Preeti also speaks about the joy and satisfaction of seeing her “old patients” returning to the unit to say “hello” and how they have been able to regain independence and reintegrate themselves to their lives and society once again.
Preeti has been described by her supervisor as a “well rounded nurse that has the ability to multi-task to get the job done. She looks ahead to anticipate the needs of the unit. Preeti has compassion for the patients she cares for and encourages them to press for achievement during their rehabilitation stay. She goes the extra mile to meet the needs of the patient and operations of the unit. Preeti is an asset to the MedStar NRH SCI unit, and was awarded Nurse of the Year in 2014”.
Preeti is originally from India and resides with her husband and two children.
Fitness classes help build physical endurance and capacity, along with helping promote a complete and healthy lifestyle for all individuals with disabilities. Below is the schedule of fitness classes, which are open to patients and community members. The classes take place at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, 102 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. There are no fees or costs to participants. Please contact Harsh Thakkar at [email protected], or 202-877- 1859 for any questions.
Boxing Based Fitness
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Therapy & Cardiac Gym, 2nd Floor
Circuit Training and Open Gym
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Outpatient Gym, 1st Floor
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Outpatient Gym, 1st Floor
For sport club info: go to www.medstarnrh.org and search: sports. To inquire about Adaptive Sports, please click here and complete the form: http://eepurl.com/VJ-L9 . For more information, call Joan Joyce at 202-877-1420.
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Lorraine Vinci, Psy.D.
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Washington, DC 20010
The MedStar National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program is dedicated to providing its patients, families and the community with current news and information as well as opportunities to learn about advancements in research, technology and social opportunities. This newsletter, which draws on these important areas, is one way the Program hopes to reach this goal.