Funds and Designations

These funds help MedStar NRH provide ongoing care and rehabilitative services to its patients and the community.  Support for each fund is welcomed at any level of giving.

Annual Fund
Provides unrestricted support for the hospital's areas of greatest need and plays a critical role in keeping the hospital in the forefront of providing the best possible patient care available.

Adding Life to Years® Campaign
MNRN_AddingLifetoYears_PatientRoomThe campaign will allow MedStar NRH to build an addition to the hospital to house the National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation & Research.  This state-of-the-art expansion will include comprehensive inpatient and outpatient clinical care services for patients with stroke and other brain injuries, as well as an expanded neurosciences research program – one of the fastest growing areas of medicine.  This addition will also feature a patient care unit with private rooms designed for comfort, family support spaces, as well as areas for physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and neuropsychology services to promote optimal recovery. Furthermore, these improvements will allow us to transition to private rooms throughout the hospital, thus improving patient satisfaction, safety and privacy.

Brain Injury Fund
Under the guidance of the Director of the Brain Injury Program, these funds support research projects, special programs, and other projects of the Brain Injury Program and new National Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Research.

driver-waysDriver Training Program Fund
The MedStar NRH Driver Training Program Sponsored by GEICO is the only fully-accessible driver training program in the Washington metropolitan area able to accommodate a wide range of individuals with significant disabilities, including those who have sustained spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, amputation, post-polio syndrome, and other conditions. This fund enables MedStar NRH to provide safe instruction, excellent teachers, and up-to-date adaptable driving vehicles to over two hundred people each year. This program has served nearly two thousand people thus far, helping them achieve independence that can only come from driving.

National Center for Children's Rehabilitation (NCCR) Fund
The NCCR is the only dedicated pediatric rehabilitation center for children in the Washington, DC area. Founded in cooperation with Children's National Medical Center, this safe, colorful and upbeat center provides children with the finest rehabilitation care, education coordination and recreation activities. Gifts to the NCCR Special Purpose Fund support a wide variety of programs for our youngest patients.

NCCR Therapeutic Recreation Fund
Therapeutic Recreation combines sports, games and recreational activities with sound therapeutic practices to create fun and enjoyable rehabilitation sessions for our patients. Our young patients react very positively to this therapy while benefiting cognitively, physically and emotionally. Furthermore, children are introduced to accessible sports which they can continue for years to come through our sports programs. Since Therapeutic Recreation is not covered by insurance or government programs, we rely upon the community to generously support this wonderfully successful program.

Outpatient Centers Fund 
There are over forty outpatient centers in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia serving the medical rehabilitation needs of a wide-variety of people, from the amateur athlete with a sports injury, to men and women recovering from catastrophic illness or injury. This Fund supports those Centers, including program development, equipment purchases, and space renovations and expansions.

Patient Care Assistance Fund
Sudden disabling conditions can overwhelm the finances of some of our patients, leaving them unable to purchase much needed care-related items. To help meet that need, this fund provides grants to patients and their families who have depleted their private resources and their insurance so that they can purchase equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, lifts, walkers, medications, home care supplies and therapy.

Post-Polio Fund
This fund is devoted to the care, research, and education activities of MedStar NRH's nationally recognized Post-Polio Program. The program provides patients with a guide to living and aging well with post-polio syndrome.

holidaypartySpinal Cord Injury & Holiday Fund
Each year, MedStar NRH hosts a celebratory holiday party for existing and past spinal cord injured patients and their families. This lively gathering features entertainment, games, delicious food, and gift bags full of useful items. For many in attendance, this event is the highlight of their holiday season.

Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentor and Wellness Program
This Peer Mentor and Wellness Program helps address major gaps in psycho-social and recreational activities to assure that persons with SCI can “live well.”  The Program will proactively address these challenges through two services:  1) peer support/mentoring to individuals with SCI, educating them on navigating systems and living a healthy lifestyle, and 2) increased access to specialized exercise equipment and qualified training expertise to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. 

rugby_3Sports Program Fund
These funds provide financial assistance for internal and external sports activities for persons with disabilities. Through such enjoyable initiatives as wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, quad rugby, and hand-cycling, participants benefit from the camaraderie, exercise and teamwork that leads to improved physical and emotional health. Any member of the disabled community is invited to participate in these activities, regardless of whether or not he or she has received treatment at MedStar NRH

Susan Carter Lecture Fund
Named after a past MedStar NRH patient, the Susan Carter Lecture underwrites the annual lecture series where recognized rehabilitation researchers and physicians provide professionals and consumers with the latest information about Post-Polio and related rehabilitation issues.

ways-gardenTherapeutic Garden Fund
The Victory Garden is a beautifully landscaped area for patients, families and staff to enjoy. With the "Victory of the Human Spirit" sculpture and fountain as its centerpiece, the garden also serves as a unique setting for patient therapy and recreational sports, such as the competitive Bocce matches between MedStar NRH Team Members. Contributions help maintain and improve this lovely setting.