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December 24, 2007

Total Rehab Care employees receive certification

Total Rehab Care of Washington County Hospital recently celebrated the certification of 14 of their employees as certified brain injury specialists (CBIS) by the American Academy for Certified Brain Injury Specialists (AACBIS).

"Becoming certified shows our dedication to providing brain-injury care that is up-to-date with current literature and research for best practices," said Khrys Thompson, program manager at Total Rehab Care. "It also assures the patient and family that the staff caring for them are specialists with proven skills and knowledge in brain injury."

In addition to the employees recently certified, 22 employees already had the certification. They include the medical director, physiatrist, clinical managers, clinical coordinator, admissions coordinator, rehab aides, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants, and speech therapists.

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The academy's mission is to improve quality of care for individuals with brain injury by educating and training brain injury program staff. The academy offers a voluntary national certification program that establishes best practices for training individuals who work with this population. There is a wide variety of unique skills and knowledge required of those who treat persons with brain injury. Certification is designed to address specific training issues in brain-injury services and to complement other existing credentials.

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