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Health-care spotlight

April 17, 2006

Team presents at state conference

Employees of Washington County Hospital's Total Rehab Care recently attended and presented at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland Inc. annual conference in Linthicum Heights, Md. The conference provided information about brain injury treatment, services, research and advocacy with the goal of improving collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.

Amy Byard, Laura Horman, Matt Lilly, Shirley Stevens and Khrys Thompson gave a presentation at the conference titled, "Take Home Tips for Building a Model Brain Injury Program." The presentation offered tips to create your own brain injury program where nursing, physicians, patients, families, administrators, social workers, therapists and support personnel are equally involved in daily operational decisions and ongoing program enhancements. The presentation also offered treatment ideas, documentation formats and communication methods that enhance outcomes across the continuum from acute care to inpatient rehab to outpatient setting to return to work or school.

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Total Rehab Care's brain injury program, The Maryland Neuro Rehab Foundation (MNRF), is recognized as a model program by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. MNRF is a nonprofit organization specializing in comprehensive neuro-rehabilitation for persons with acquired brain injury such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or tumor resection.

Occupational therapist presents at national conference

Wendy Radonovich-Crum, occupational therapist at Washington County Hospital, recently presented at the National Fibromyalgia Association FAME (fibromyalgia awareness means everything) and attended the continuing medical education conference held in Orange County, Calif.

Radonovich-Crum, who has more than 15 years of experience in her field, presented "Occupational Therapy in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia" to about 100 participants at the conference. She also presented a poster for medical professionals on the fibromyalgia therapy program at Washington County Hospital's Total Rehab Care.

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