Business Spotlight: Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation
Did you know that every 13 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Or, that one out of 60 people in the U.S. are living with a TBI-related disability? This time of the year is a special opportunity to educate the public on the prevalence of brain injuries. Hope Network wants to let members of the community know there is a place that they and their loved ones can go for expert care and the comeback story they deserve.
“Our staff are specially trained to work with people with brain injuries. We see patients from our community as well as those who travel to our specialized program from many states in the U.S.,” said Hope Network’s East Lansing Program Director, Kim Church. “It is a privilege to team up with patients as they work to achieve their greatest comeback possible.”
Recognized nationally as Brain Injury Awareness Month, March is an important time of year to educate the public on the prevalence of brain injuries, and for shining light on the work being done to prevent and reduce these shocking statistics. The Michigan-based organization and its East Lansing team of neuro rehabilitation experts are doing just that through specialized expert care, customized programming and a genuine care for patient well-being and quality of life.
“There are a lot of people that work very hard and do a lot of difficult things and they get to go home knowing that they helped someone that day – so, even the tough days are good days if you look for the good in them,” said Church.
Hope Network is a nonprofit organization that has led post-hospital rehabilitation for more than 30 years. The company’s staff of over 500 employees in four cities across the state treat people that have brain or spinal cord injuries, or other neurological conditions like concussions.
“Our interdisciplinary teams consist of over 150 specially-trained staff including nurses, social workers, case managers and therapists,” said Rosemarie Roberts, a Speech and Language Pathologist, who’s been with Hope Network for over 12 years and works daily to help patients improve their speech, language and cognitive disorders. “We also have a team of psychologists and psychiatrists who help patients that struggle with behavioral issues often associated with a brain injury.”
Despite each patient’s injury being unique, Hope Network works to accomplish a practical and vital goal: to get people back home, back to work, and to help them achieve their highest level of independence possible. The staff works to develop customized therapy plans for each patient that include a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, therapeutic recreation, among others.
The programs offered to patients are all community-based clinical programs. Hope Network provides transitional and neurobehavioral rehabilitation, day rehab and outpatient, return-to-work services, as well as residential and community living. These programs are overseen by medical directors who specialize in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; the Medical Director for the East Lansing location is Dr. Gebara, who is also a professor for the MSU Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
In 2017, Hope Network served over 1,200 people from all over the U.S. Most often, patients come from a hospital after they’ve had an injury or accident but need more therapy. The organization works with discharge planners, case managers, social workers and physicians at hospitals such as Sparrow, McLaren, Mary Free Bed and Spectrum Health.
To learn more about Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation visit hopenetworkrehab.org.
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