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National Rehabilitation Hospital Team Calls Work of US Army's Europe Regional Medical Command Impressive

WASHINGTON, June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of medical professionals from the National Rehabilitation Hospital is calling the U.S. Army's rehab services in Germany impressive. The NRH team has been in Germany since last weekend to work with the US Army's Europe Regional Medical Command (ERMC) in assessing their current rehabilitation practices.

"The integrity and capability of our military health care system to address the diverse and complex needs of our injured service members are impressive," says NRH Team leader John Brickley, Vice President at NRH for Ambulatory Services. "Just as in the civilian world, there are areas where improvements are possible, but midway through our tour, we have witnessed some excellent best practices at the Army's facilities."

The team will spend the next week making recommendations and suggestions for improving the quality and delivery of care given to injured soldiers and other military personnel. The Army's ERMC operates 15 ambulatory care centers in Germany which are the initial treatment sites for injured soldiers from Iraq. These ambulatory centers not only diagnose and provide treatment, but they determine the location of ongoing care for those soldiers wounded overseas.

In an effort to enhance its operations, the U.S. Army proactively reached out to NRH to gain additional insight and expertise in its continued commitment to promote an exceptional rehabilitation model.

"We are pleased to have NRH with us in Germany," notes Colonel Mary Lopez. "We share the same commitment as they do to develop comprehensive care plans so each and every one of our injured soldiers can return to their maximum capability and potential."

"The passion, commitment and skills of the Army's military health care providers and support personnel on the ground in Germany are clearly evident," adds Brickley.

The NRH Team

Jill Anderson, PT: Jill is a Regional Director in the NRH Medical Rehabilitation Network and currently oversees seven outpatient centers throughout the state of Maryland. She graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and a Masters in Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. She began her career as a staff therapist on an inpatient comprehensive unit treating acute cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputees and other neurological conditions.

Joseph Bleiberg: Ph.D. Psychology, Boston University, 1976; Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1984. Dr. Bleiberg is a Senior Fellow at NRH and before that was Director of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Christoph Ruesch Research Center at NRH, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Prior to joining the Research Center at NRH, Dr. Bleiberg was the Director of Psychology and Program Director of the Brain Injury Program at NRH (1985-2000), and held similar positions at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (1979-1985). Dr. Bleiberg has extensive publications in brain injury rehabilitation, with recent emphasis on computerized neuropsychological assessment to identify subtle residua of mild brain injury and disease. He is one of the developers of ANAM, currently used by DoD for predeployment testing. Recent publications have covered the neurocognitive effects of traumatic brain injury, migraine, lupus, and CVA. He has been on many DoD expert panels and review committees, including the DVBIC panel that developed guidelines for management of TBI in theatre, and the Health Affairs panel for predeployment cognitive screening.

John Brickley, PT, MA: John is Vice President at NRH for Ambulatory Services, which includes 40 outpatient sites, under the banner of NRH Regional Rehab, located in Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. NRH Regional Rehab provides outpatient services for all patient populations except comprehensive pediatrics. John received his BA in Physical Therapy and an MA in Management with an emphasis on health care from the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, Minnesota. His clinical areas of focus include work injury prevention, work injury management and rehabilitation services directed at those patient populations with orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries or disorders. John has taught in multiple continuing education courses in the areas of work injury prevention and management, as well as on developing creative models of care in the changing health care environment.

Virginia Walls, PT, MS, NCS, ATP: Ginger is the Regional Director of the outpatient center located within the hospital as well as the NRH Regional Rehab outpatient center in Mitchellville, Md. She is also the NRH Regional Rehab Neuro Program Specialist and the former Chair and Vice Chair of the Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest Group of the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Assoc (APTA). She holds a physical therapy degree and MS from Springfield College. She received her certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1995 and was recertified in 2005. She received her certification as an Assistive Technology Practitioner from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America in 2001 and maintains this current certification. She has taught multiple continuing education courses in the area of wheelchair seating and mobility. She has published articles in PT Magazine and Neurology Report, and authored the PT chapter in Managing Post Polio: A Guide to Living Well with Post Polio Syndrome.

National Rehabilitation Hospital

National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility located in Northwest Washington, D.C. NRH's services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. Annually, NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients and provides nearly 350,000 ambulatory visits at 40 NRH Regional Rehab outpatient sites located in Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. Over the course of 21 years, NRH has admitted in excess of 35,000 inpatients and provided over 2 million outpatient visits. NRH has 128 adult beds as well as 9 pediatric beds in the National Center for Children's Rehabilitation at NRH, a joint service of NRH and Children's National Medical Center. NRH is the youngest medical rehabilitation hospital to be consistently ranked in the Top 10 by physicians in the annual "America's Best Hospitals" edition of U.S. News & World Report.

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