• Lisa Thomas

    Advancing Rehabilitation Through Therapy and Nursing Education

    Since 1959, the education of healthcare practitioners has been a pillar of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s success in advancing the field of rehabilitation medicine at the local, regional and national levels.

    Since 1959, the education of healthcare practitioners has been a pillar of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s success in advancing the field of rehabilitation medicine at the local, regional and national levels. Last year, in recognition of its 55-year legacy of training physical therapists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and nurses, the rehabilitation hospital formalized its educational vision and mission as the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy.

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  • Dr. Gerard Francisco

    Message From the Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Gerard Francisco, Chief Medical Officer of TIRR Memorial Hermann, shares a message for the Spring 2015 edition of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Journal.

    Earle Powdrell holds two United States patents for the Part Task Trainer, which trains astronauts and cosmonauts to dock to the International Space Station. A five-year brain stem stroke survivor with locked-in syndrome, Earle now advocates locally and nationally for access to affordable health care, tax relief for families affected by disability and community reintegration. For the past two years, Earle has advocated for the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2014.

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  • Earle Powdrell

    Earle Powdrell: Unlocking Locked-in Syndrome

    Powdrell was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except those that control eye movement. Individuals with locked-in syndrome are conscious and can think and reason, but can’t speak or move.

    Powdrell was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except those that control eye movement. Individuals with locked-in syndrome are conscious and can think and reason, but can’t speak or move. The syndrome affects about 1 percent of people who have a stroke, and there is no recognized treatment or cure.

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  • Angela Wrigglesworth

    Angela Wrigglesworth: A Life of Leadership and Advocacy

    Angela Wrigglesworth will tell you she has a great pair of rose-colored glasses. Diagnosed at 16 months with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that left her unable to walk, she has only positive memories of her childhood.

    Angela Wrigglesworth will tell you she has a great pair of rose-colored glasses. Diagnosed at 16 months with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that left her unable to walk, she has only positive memories of her childhood. Aware that she would never excel in the physical arena, Wrigglesworth took on leadership roles. She was the Texas Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1985 and 1986, travelling around the state with her family to speak on behalf of the organization. In high school, she was elected president of the Student Council in her junior year and was treasurer as a senior.

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  • Mansi Jhaveri

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Encourages Staff Research with Competitive Funding Awards

    Recipients of the Fifth Annual TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Innovation Awards were announced last November at an afternoon reception held at the hospital’s research center. The competitive awards make it possible for any staff member to play a role in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s mission.

    Each year, a Pilot Award of up to $50,000 is granted to an experienced investigator to fund an innovative pilot project that will lead, ultimately, to federal or foundation funding for expanded research studies. Two staff awards, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, support smaller projects designed to give therapists, nurses, social workers and other staff hands-on experience in research with mentoring by experienced investigators.

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  • Jessica De La Rosa

    A New High-Tech Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Center in Sugar Land

    A pediatric and adult outpatient rehabilitation program with expert clinicians, state-of-the-art therapy equipment, an onsite pool and comprehensive neurological and cancer rehabilitation programs are now available to residents of Sugar Land.

    A pediatric and adult outpatient rehabilitation program with expert clinicians, state-of-the-art therapy equipment, an onsite pool and comprehensive neurological and cancer rehabilitation programs are now available to residents of Sugar Land at TIRR Memorial Hermann’s new 11,000-square-foot outpatient center.

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  • Nuray Yozbatiran

    A Pioneering Mission Connect-Funded Study Aims to Improve Arm and Hand Function in SCI Patients

    In a study under way at TIRR Memorial Hermann, researchers are investigating the effects of combined transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and robotic-assisted training on arm and hand function in subjects with incomplete spinal cord injury.

    In a study under way at TIRR Memorial Hermann, researchers are investigating the effects of combined transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and robotic-assisted training on arm and hand function in subjects with incomplete spinal cord injury. Funded by Mission Connect, a project of TIRR Foundation, the investigation is the continuation of a pilot study led by Nuray Yozbatiran, PhD, PT, the results of which demonstrated that robotic-assisted training is safe, feasible and effective in patients with incomplete tetraplegia.

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  • Profiles in Caring: Dehuti Pandya, PharmD, RPh, BCPS

    Clinical pharmacy specialist Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D., has an academic bent toward chemistry and research. For the past decade, she’s combined these interests along with patient care at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

    The opportunity to pursue her combined interests came in 2004, when she was offered a position at TIRR Memorial Hermann after completing a yearlong pharmacy practice residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, located a short walk away from the rehabilitation hospital. “I enjoy the teamwork it takes to create the best pharmacotherapy plans for patients,” she says. “As a team of physicians, nurses and pharmacists, we’re very focused on finding ways to improve outcomes that lead to new and more effective protocols through respective expertise in the field.”

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  • Valentina Lisinski Group Photo

    Valentina Lisinski: A Second Life After Stroke

    Local doctors suspected an ischemic stroke, but specialized medical treatment was not available in that remote location. While Lisinski was making the 20-hour trip to Buenos Aires by ambulance, her husband Terry Lisinski was flying from Houston to meet her.

    Local doctors suspected an ischemic stroke, but specialized medical treatment was not available in that remote location. While Lisinski was making the 20-hour trip to Buenos Aires by ambulance, her husband Terry Lisinski was flying from Houston to meet her. The next morning the couple took a commercial flight home, where he had scheduled an appointment with neurologist Herbert Edmundson, MD After reviewing the results of her MRI, Dr. Edmundson admitted Lisinski to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, a Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center.

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  • Monique Pappadis

    Addressing Health Disparities in Rehabilitation:

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities defines health disparities as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities defines health disparities as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, those of low socioeconomic backgrounds and rural persons, determined by the United States Public Law P.L. 106-525, also known as the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000.

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  • Xiaoyan Li, PhD

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Welcomes Research Scientist

    Xiaoyan Li, PhD, has joined TIRR Memorial Hermann as a research scientist in the NeuroMyoelectric Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory with a concurrent appointment as a research assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

    Xiaoyan Li, PhD, has joined TIRR Memorial Hermann as a research scientist in the NeuroMyoelectric Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory with a concurrent appointment as a research assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

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  • Three Days of Fun at Camp Kids Unlimited

    Eight campers between the ages of 13 and 21 attended the inaugural Camp Kids Unlimited last October at Camp for All in Burton, Texas. Sponsored by TIRR Memorial Hermann, the camp offers kids with physical disabilities the opportunity to test their limits.

    Eight campers between the ages of 13 and 21 attended the inaugural Camp Kids Unlimited last October at Camp for All in Burton, Texas. Sponsored by TIRR Memorial Hermann, the camp offers kids with physical disabilities the opportunity to test their limits. Activities included canoeing, archery, paintball, wheelchair ultimate Frisbee, wheelchair basketball, a ropes course, a scavenger hunt and horseback riding.

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  • Accolades, In Print, On The Podium, Upcoming Education Courses

    TIRR Memorial Hermann received the Caring Heart Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) in November 2014 at the organization’s Gathering of Friends event. ISH’s mission is to further knowledge of the role spirituality plays in health and healing, and to educate and equip healthcare professionals to incorporate spirituality in patient care.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann received the Caring Heart Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) in November 2014 at the organization’s Gathering of Friends event. ISH’s mission is to further knowledge of the role spirituality plays in health and healing, and to educate and equip healthcare professionals to incorporate spirituality in patient care. Hazel Thomas, chaplain, gave the invocation. Speakers included Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann president and CEO, Captain Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Carl Josehart, Maegan Morrow, MT-BC, NMT.

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  • Carl Josehart

    Message From the Chief Executive Officer

    Carl E. Josehart, Chief Executive Officer of TIRR Memorial Hermann, shares a message for the Spring 2015 edition of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Journal.

    This issue of the journal begins and ends with education – from our cover story about the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy to a listing of upcoming education classes for professionals – an appropriate parallel to the discipline of rehabilitation. Education is how we became healthcare providers in the beginning, and we pass the torch of knowledge on to others in our field.

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2015
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Nationally Ranked Rehabilitation

For the 31st consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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