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Arizona Rep. Giffords to Begin Next Phase of Recovery at MH

HOUSTON, TX (January19, 2011)


Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected to begin the next phase of her recovery on Friday, January 21, at Memorial Hermann's level one trauma center in Houston where she will be evaluated prior to being transferred to nearby TIRR Memorial Hermann. The exact date may change depending on her health.

Memorial Hermann's level one trauma center is affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). TIRR Memorial Hermann has been ranked one of the top-five rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 21 years.

"One of the nation's busiest trauma centers, Memorial Hermann frequently treats victims of penetrating and blunt trauma to the brain," said President and CEO Dan Wolterman. "Our rehabilitation hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the treatment of traumatic brain injury as well as diseases and disorders of the brain and spinal cord.

"Like so many others across the country, we have watched Congresswoman Giffords' progress with great interest," Wolterman said. "We are honored that her family and medical team have entrusted her ongoing care to Memorial Hermann."

Colonel (Retired, U.S. Army) John Holcomb, M.D., trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, said: "The congresswoman has received exceptional care while in Tucson and we are encouraged by her progress. Upon her arrival, our experienced, multidisciplinary team in the Neuro-trauma intensive care unit (ICU) will evaluate her condition to ensure she is ready for the next step in her recovery.

"We anticipate that her time in the ICU will be brief and that she will move quickly toward a tailored and comprehensive rehab plan at TIRR Memorial Hermann," said Holcomb, who also is Vice Chair of Surgery and Chief of the Acute Care Surgery Division at the UTHealth Medical School.

Holcomb is one of the nation's preeminent trauma surgeons, specializing in traumatic brain injuries. In 2008, Dr. Holcomb received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association, the United States Special Operations Command Medal, and the Service award from the American College of Surgery, Committee on Trauma for outstanding scientific contributions to the surgery of trauma and dedication to the care of wounded warriors.

Founded in 1959, TIRR Memorial Hermann is one of very few hospitals in the country designated as a model system for traumatic brain injury by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. It has been named to the "Best Hospitals" list by U.S. News and World Report Magazine for 21 years, every year the list has been published.
TIRR Memorial Hermann is also home to one of the top residency programs in neurological physical therapy, more than 35,000 outpatient visits occur annually at TIRR Memorial Hermann, reflecting the knowledge, compassion and dedication of physicians, nurses, researchers and staff involved in direct patient care.

About TIRR Memorial Hermann
TIRR Memorial Hermann is one of 11 hospitals in the Memorial Hermann system and one of only six rehabilitation hospitals in the nation to achieve designation as a Model System by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for both our Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. Recognized among the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the country, TIRR serves as a model for interdisciplinary rehabilitation services, patient care, education and research. For 21 consecutive years, U.S.News & World Report has named TIRR to the list of "America's Best Hospitals." TIRR Memorial Hermann is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to a 119-bed hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann includes the TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge Program, a community re-entry program for brain injury survivors and TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Therapy Services. To learn more about TIRR Memorial Hermann, go to

About Memorial Hermann
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 11 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level 1 trauma center, a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, as well as three heart & vascular institute locations and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates an air ambulance, cancer, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit, or call 713.222.CARE.

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This standard definition (SD) B-ROLL includes external and internal shots of TIRR Memorial Hermann, as well as footage of consented patients undergoing various types of rehabilitation for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Preview Video and Download File