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SNERC announces 2017 stroke support group dates

Southern New England Rehabilitation Center will hold its next "Hope after Stroke" support group on Monday, February 13 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Fatima Hospital cafeteria. Survivors, family members, and caregivers are all welcome to attend.

Other 2017 support group meeting dates include March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12. Meetings will feature topics like pharmacology and Medicare 101, as well as presentations from the American Heart Association and open discussions. Please contact Keri Kinniburgh at 456-3944 to learn more.

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On October 25, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center hosted its annual “Rehab Reunion” party for former and current patients. The event gives patients an opportunity to reconnect with therapists and staff members who cared for them. For staff, it is a chance to see the progress patients have made on their journey to recovery. 

“The annual rehab reunion party is one of the highlights of the year,” said SNERC staff member Jenny Catrambone CTRS, who coordinated the reunion. “Current patients benefit from meeting rehab graduates who have been in their shoes. Our former patients offer valuable insights and encouragement. This event reminds patients and staff alike why we work so hard each and every day.”

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SNERC hosts 23rd educational conference

Southern New England Rehabilitation Center held a successful 23rd annual Rehabilitation Conference on October 28. The conference provides a forum for discussing complex therapeutic issues in rehabilitation. This year’s conference focused on Orthopedic Rehabilitation. The Center’s annual conference provides a professional forum for discussing complex therapeutic issues in rehabilitation. Conference topics address how to improve functional outcomes and quality of life.

Keynote lectures focused on Advances in Joint Replacement and Rehabilitation Implications, Orthopedic Trauma and Rehabilitation, and Spinal Surgery and Rehabilitation. Workshop sessions were focused on Post-Operative Analgesia, Evaluation and Treatment of Wrist Trauma, Wound Care in the Post-Acute Rehabilitation Setting, and Balance and Orthopedic Injuries.

SNERC’s medical director Dr. Jon Mukand is pictured on the right at the conference with Fatima President David Kobis.

The keynote speakers at the conference were:

Workshop presenters included:

  • Victoria Moitoso, OTR/L, CHT
    Director of Hand Therapy, Foundry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
     
  • Jayne Pawasauskas, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island
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  • Catherine Ciemier, DPT
    ​PT from Sargent Rehabilitation Center
     
  • Kristen Smith
    PT from Sargent Rehabilitation Center
     
  • Philip W. Zingale, PAC
    General Surgery, PA, Fatima Hospital Wound Center
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Annual conference, focused on Orthopedic Rehabilitation, takes place on October 28

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The 23rd Annual Rehabilitation Conference hosted by Southern New England Rehabilitation takes place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. This year’s topic is "Balance in Orthopedic Injuries". View Details ❯

The Center’s annual conference provides a professional forum for discussing complex therapeutic issues in rehabilitation. Conference topics address how to improve functional outcomes and quality of life. Keynote lectures are focused on the following topics: Advances in Joint Replacement and Rehabilitation Implications, Orthopedic Trauma and Rehabilitation, and Spinal Surgery and Rehabilitation. Workshop sessions are focused on topics like Post-Operative Analgesia, Evaluation and Treatment of Wrist Trauma, Wound Care in the Post-Acute Rehabilitation Setting, and Balance and the NeuroCom.

The keynote speakers are Roman A. Hayda, MD, Col. (Retired), Director, Orthopaedic Trauma, Rhode Island Hospital; Philip R. Lucas, MD, Surgeon, University Orthopedics; and Valentin Antoci, Jr., MD, PhD, Hip and Knee Surgeon, University Orthopedics

Workshop presenters include Victoria Moitoso, OTR/L, CHT, Director of Hand Therapy, Foundry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine; Jayne Pawasauskas, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island;  Catherine Ciemier, DPT, and Kristen Smith, PT from Sargent Rehabilitation Center, and Philip W. Zingale, PAC, General Surgery, PA, Fatima Hospital Wound Center.

Costs

The registration fee of $150 includes: continental breakfast, lunch, and CEUs/contact hours. Early registration (payment postmarked by October 1st) is $125, and a student/consumer/patient/CharterCARE employee rate of $50 is also available. 

For more information, view the conference flyer, call 401-401-519-3355 or email obrown@chartercare.org.

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Outpatient sites offer variety of rehabilitation services

Did you know that Southern New England Rehabiltation Center has two outpatient rehabilitation centers? At these convenient locations, a team of capable and caring professionals provide patients with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology.

Some members of these therapy teams have over 30 years of experience in their chosen field. Each individual is assessed on a personal basis to receive the hands-on personalized care they need to achieve a successful recovery. Services are coordinated with referring physicians, who can write prescriptions for patients in need of therapy services.

Our outpatient rehabilitation professionals treat conditions including neurologic, stroke, back and neck injuries, shoulder pain/surgery, spinal cord injuries, foot and ankle problems, speech/language/cognitive and swallowing difficulties, sports injuries, wrist and hand injuries, lymphedema and post knee or hip surgery.

Our Providence office also offers a comprehensive wheelchair clinic, where individual requiring a highly specialized wheelchair can receive a personalized evaluation. Videostroboscopy is available in our North Providence office This exam allows staff to provide an assessment and treatment of vocal cord function and voice quality through video analysis. Follow-up voice therapy services are also available at our Providence office. Lymphedema therapy is offered in our North Providence office.

Both outpatient offices are Joint Commission-certified and accept a variety of insurances. Employees who receive benefits through one of our affiliates have their co-pay waived at these outpatient therapy sites once their deductible is reached. To reach the North Providence office at 1637 Mineral Spring Avenue, please call 456-3950. The Providence office, located at 21 Peace Street, can be reached at 456-4177.

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Southern New England Rehabilitation Center had a special guest at its April 11 Stroke Support Group meeting: Dr. Thomas G. Broussard, Jr., who is conducting a national campaign dedicated to educating Americans about stroke and aphasia, an impairment of language that is often the result of a stroke. Many know something about stroke but few know much about aphasia, which impacts almost 40% of stroke victims. Dr. Broussard, formerly an associate dean at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, could not read, write or speak well due to his stroke. After recovering, Dr. Broussard wrote “Stroke Diary, A Primer for Aphasia Therapy”. His presentation was well-received and was attended by stroke survivors, family members, and SNERC staff.

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SNERC training the next generation of therapists

Each year, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC) welcomes dozens of students, some of whom are there for months on a clinical rotation. The team at SNERC regards training the next generation of therapists as part of their mission. In many cases, outstanding students who complete rotations at SNERC are hired to join the CharterCARE team after graduation.

Robert DeLong, PT, DPT, is the Coordinator of Clinical Education for these students, who range from graduate to entry-level. While the students gain valuable experience, he says patients also benefit from additional time and attention during the teaching rounds.

Students come from in-state institutions like the University of Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island, and New England Institute of Technology, as well as out-of- state partners like Quinnipiac University and Worcester State University.

Carlene McGuigan is in her last semester as a Master’s student in Speech Language Pathology at URI. “This is an amazing place to work,” said McGuigan. “The whole team is supportive. I also get to work alongside Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. It is a huge learning experience for me to work, speak, collaborate and co-treat with them.”

At the moment, she and Amanda Dragga, MS, CCC-SLP, from SNERC, are in the room of elderly patient. There, they will engage the woman in a series of speech exercises over the next half hour. At the very beginning of her 14-week clinical rotation, McGuigan mostly observed Dragga as she worked with patients.

“As I started getting more confident and comfortable, I expanded my responsibilities and my independence,” said McGuigan. “Amanda is always there for support if I need it. I am getting experience here that can’t be gained in the classroom alone.”

Daryl Beecher is close to completing his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New England Institute of Technology. He plans to take his board exam later this spring, at which time he will be licensed as an Occupational Therapist. Beecher is already an Occupational Therapy Assistant and also brings clinical experience thanks to his background in social work and psychology. He started his 12-week Occupational Therapy rotation at SNERC in early January. Since then, he has been oriented and is immersing himself in learning about each patient and their specific set of goals. As time has progressed, he has been given more responsibility, a common thread for all the students engaged in a long-term rotation.

“The student program is strong and well-developed,” he said. “You are working with others to provide quality care in a fast-paced environment, which translates to a rich, hands-on learning experience.”

David Durigan is pursuing a degree as Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island.  Before graduating, he is required to complete three 12-week clinical rotations. For the last month, Durigan has been at SNERC, which is his final rotation. Here, he is learning more about acute rehabilitation. “I’m learning a lot of new things,” he said. “What I like best is seeing the progress patients make. It is the most challenging setting that I have worked in so far, but I think it is the most rewarding.”

Natalie Petrucci, MS, OTR/L, works on Fatima Hospital’s two inpatient psychiatric units. She is also the student coordinator for Occupational Therapy students who require placement in a mental health setting. Her roles with patients are many – from facilitating groups and teaching coping skills to evaluating patient’s abilities related to discharge and providing one-on-one therapy. All of these are skills she looks to pass on to her students.

As there are not an abundance of inpatient psychiatry placement opportunities for OT students, Petrucci accommodates as many students as she can. In 2015, she worked with 10 students from a variety of institutions. While the students inevitably benefit from this learning experience, Petrucci feels staff and patients are rewarded as well.

“Students bring with them new ideas and new ways of learning,” she said. “They are excited to work in this environment, which means they bring a lot of positive energy with them.”


Carlene McGuigan (left), who is in her last semester as a Master’s student in Speech Language Pathology at URI, works with Amanda Dragga, MS, CCC-SLP, from SNERC to provide speech pathology to a patient at Fatima.

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Hospital Employees of the Year recognized at statewide event

CharterCARE’s hospital Employees of the Year were recognized on March 22 at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island's 2016 "Celebration of Excellence" ceremony. The event, which featured Employees of the Year from hospitals throughout Rhode Island, took place at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

Keri Kinniburgh, COTA, from Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, is the Fatima Hospital Employee of the Year. She is an occupational therapy assistant who is among a select group of clinicians who are Certified Rehab Stroke Specialists. Keri leads our stroke support group at Fatima, organizes fundraisers, and is known for her hands-on, compassionate manner delivery of care.

Dan Albuquerque, an HVAC mechanic, is this year’s honoree from Roger Williams. He is responsible for the heating and cooling systems for Roger Williams’ two main campuses. Dan has been with the Maintenance & Engineering Department at Roger Williams for 34 years, making him the longest serving member of that team.

Pictured from left to right are Fatima Hospital President Tom Hughes, Keri Kinniburgh, COTA, Dan Albuquerque, and Kimberly O'Connell, Roger Williams President.

My rehabilitation story: “I’m getting better and I’m going to be able to go home.” - Latest News from SNERC - Southern New England Rehabilitation Center

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My rehabilitation story: “I’m getting better and I’m going to be able to go home.”

For more than 20 years, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC) has been helping people recover following a disabling illness, traumatic injury or orthopedic surgery. As the recognized leader in rehabilitation, we have helped thousands of people return to health and independent living.

Tara Costa is one of the patients who has relied on SNERC to help her during exacerbations of her Multiple Sclerosis. As an affiliate of CharterCARE Health Partners, SNERC can also help patients access any hospital, nursing home, or home care patients need as they continue to recover.

The Fatima All S.T.A.R.S. (Stroke, Together, Advocacy, Recovery, Support) Support Group - Latest News from SNERC - Southern New England Rehabilitation Center

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The Fatima All S.T.A.R.S. (Stroke, Together, Advocacy, Recovery, Support) Support Group

The Fatima All S.T.A.R.S. (Stroke, Together, Advocacy, Recovery, Support) invite you to join us for "HOPE after STROKE" meeting on Monday, February 8 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Fatima Hospital Cafeteria.

Please contact Keri at 456-3944 with any questions. Survivors, families, caregivers are all welcome to attend.  Below are a list of upcoming meetings.

2016 Stroke Support Group
Monday, February 8th
Monday, March 7th
Monday, April 11
Monday, May 9th
Monday, June 6

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Dr. Mukand guest editor of Rhode Island Medical Journal

Dr. Jon Mukand, medical director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, was the guest editor of the December 2015 issue of the Rhode Island Medical Journal. The issue featured a special focus on Neurorehabilitation. In the issue, Dr. Mukand authored an article on achieving recovery after neural injuries and co-authored an article on concussions and brain injuries in youth sports. Dr. Mukand received his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin and completed an internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Medical College of Wisconsin) and a residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a member of the clinical faculty of Boston University, Brown University and Tufts University.

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Patient progress celebrated at Rehab Reunion Party

On July 28, 2015, David Broccoli sat behind the wheel of his car while the stop light changed several times. He couldn’t move and sat there frozen until a fellow motorist walked over to check on him. David had suffered a stroke. Now, following several months of extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC), David is back to his former self when it comes to walking and speaking. David was just one of the many patients who celebrated their progress at SNERC’s annual Rehab Reunion party. He is pictured here with SNERC staffers Amanda Dragga, Colleen Fitzsimmons, Jen Cote and Jenny Catrambone.

This year’s reunion party theme was “What we are grateful for?” Thank you to all of our current and former patients who attended.

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A better way to “Be Healthy Rhode Island!”

Hundreds of Rhode Islanders were screened, educated and informed at the first-ever “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” event hosted by CharterCARE Health Partners on November 14, 2015 at Twin River Event Center. Attendees at the health fair stopped by informational booths to “Ask The Doctor” -- including physicians from CharterCARE Medical Associates -- and “Ask The Pharmacist.” They also were screened for body mass index, blood pressure, dermatologic conditions, diabetes, cholesterol, podiatric issues, and glucose. Further information was available on cancer, diabetes, elder care, wound care, weight loss surgery, rehabilitation, behavioral health, sleep disorders, pediatric dentistry, and employment with CharterCARE. Our partners from Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Prospect Provider Group RI, the Department of Health and Ocean State Urgent Care and Primary Care Centers were also available to share important health information.

The program was opened up by Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and CharterCARE CEO Lester Schindel. Speakers on the program included surgical oncologist Dr. Steven Katz, psychiatrist Dr. Scott Haltzman, endocrinologist Dr. Roberto Ortiz, weight loss surgeon Dr. Dieter Pohl, and Richard Gamache, VP/Extended Care, Administrator, Elmhurst Extended Care.

The media sponsor of “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” was WPRI-TV 12 and the event was hosted by Michaela Johnson from WPRI’s “The Rhode Show.” Thank you to everyone who attended to learn more and take control of their own health care!


Michaela Johnson


Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and Lester Schindel


Dr. Steven Katz


Dr. Scott Haltzman


Dr. Roberto Ortiz


Richard Gamache


Dr. Dieter Pohl

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CharterCARE commercials focus on dedicated team, innovative model of care

CharterCARE Health Partners has released two new commercials focusing on its dedicated experienced team members and an innovative model of healthcare delivery known as coordinated regional care.  You can view the commercials embedded below.

 

 

 

 

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Over 100 health care professionals attended the 22nd Annual Southern New England Rehabilitation Center Conference, "Advances in Stroke Rehabilitation" on October 9th at the Crowne Plaza.  Those in attendance heard from a variety of speakers topics ranging from Awareness Deficits in Stroke: Implications for Recovery and Treatment, Important advances in acute stroke treatment, secondary prevention, and recovery, and The Future of Home Stroke Recovery and Prevention: Where will Connected Health Tools Fit? Along with several educational workshops.  This annual conference provides a professional forum for discussing complex therapeutic issues in rehabilitation.

The 2015 conference focused on the challenges of stroke rehabiliation. The conference is intended for physicians, nurses, therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, case managers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and others who work in a rehabilitation setting.

“We are pleased to once again share the latest information on rehabilitative care with our colleagues from the region,” said Dr. Jon Mukand, Medical Director of the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center at Fatima Hospital. “The care of these patients can be challenging, and we are glad to have an impressive roster of presenters.”

The Southern New England Rehabilitation Center is fully licensed by the RI Department of Health and accredited by both CARF and TJC.  The Center, which maintains academic affiliations with Boston University, Brown University and Tufts University, recently relocated to Fatima Hospital in North Providence, a CharterCARE Health Partners’ affiliate.

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SNERC receives UDS-PRO designation

The Southern New England Rehabilitation Center has completed requirements to be designated as a UDS-PRO  credentialed facility by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. This certification is only awarded if at least 80% of the staff passes the exam. This year, 12 nurses and 13 caregivers in the various therapies (PT, OT and SLP) at SNERC passed the exam with a score of 92.59%.

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Three employees recognized as Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists

Congratulations to Lori Currier, PT, Colleen Fitzsimmons, MS, PT, and Keri Kinniburgh, OT, who are now recognized as Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists by the National Stroke Association. This exam enables therapists to become preeminent stroke clinicians through a rigorous set of courses culminating in a written examination and nationally-recognized credential. The three employees from the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center are now among a small handful of therapists in the country to hold this designation.

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Keri Kinniburgh named employee of the quarter

Congratulations to Keri Kinniburgh and Kimberly Bogan,who have been named our first Employees of the Quarter for 2015. Keri works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and has been with the organization since 2004. Kimberly works in Clinical Engineering as a Biomed Equipment Technician III and has been with the organization since 2007. Pictured here (from left to right) are Tracy McKenna, clinical manager, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC), hospital president Tom Hughes, Kerri, Kim, Tom Citak, manager, clinical engineering, and Colleen Fitzsimmons, clinical manager, SNERC.

Dr. Mukand’s book, “Man with Bionic Brain”, nominated for Saroyan Prize by Stanford University - Latest News from SNERC - Southern New England Rehabilitation Center

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Dr. Mukand’s book, “Man with Bionic Brain”, nominated for Saroyan Prize by Stanford University

The Man with the Bionic Brain and Other Victories Over Paralysis by Jon Mukand MD, PhD, medical director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, was shortlisted by the Stanford University Libraries for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (Saroyan Prize).

The book tells the story, among others, of Matthew Nagle, completely paralyzed from the neck down, who was the first recipient of the Brown University-developed BrainGate neural interface system.

In 2004, neurosurgeons implanted microelectrodes in Nagle’s brain that transmitted his thought patterns to a computer, allowing him to control a computer cursor.

The Saroyan awards are intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

The prize recognizes newly published works of both fiction and non-fiction. William Saroyan, an American writer and playwright, is a Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner best known for his short stories about experiences of immigrant families and children in California.