The Consumer First Award (2011)
Brain Injury University, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation HospitalDan Hudson, Program Manager of the Brain Injury Unit at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
The Brain Injury University, an educational series specifically designed by healthcare professionals, assists brain injury survivors and their families return to school and increase their network of peer friends. The Brain Injury University helps the survivor to understand deficits, increase knowledge of a brain injury, learn compensatory strategies to increase independence, keep up-to-date with current research and technology and ask questions about their injury.
How did winning a MediStar Award affect Brain Injury University?
Winning the MediStar Award helped us get the word out to even more brain injury survivors and professionals in the community. The initial partnership between Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky has expanded to include Radical Rehabilitation and the Center for Nero Skills. We have always had great participation, but that increased by both the clients attending and the dedicated professionals organizing and presenting the classes.
What developments have occurred since Brain Injury University won its MediStar?
Since winning the MediStar, Brain Injury University had an average attendance of 30 brain injury survivors this session. Our class facilitators include: physicians, neuropsychologists, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, case managers and brain injury advocates. We were also fortunate to have a partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College, who graciously let us use their classrooms and facilities for all of our scheduled classes.
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