- On October 6, 2015
TREATMENT METHODS, STATISTICS AND OUTCOMES
CareMeridian, a national leader in post-acute neuro care, is excited to announce that it has entered into a collaborative research partnership with Dr. Caroline Schnakers, UCLA department of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, and Professor Martin Monti, UCLA Department of Psychology and Neurosurgery, entitled “Recovery of Motor and Verbal Functions in Patients with Severe Brain Injury.” Both Dr. Schnakers (http://www.uclabirc.org/#/schnakers/4589112090) and Professor Monti (http://montilab.psych.ucla.edu/) are international experts in the field of severe brain injury and have extensive publications on the subject.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 2 million children and adults suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year. Of those, nearly 300,000 need in-patient, post-acute care and rehabilitation.
This important study, anticipated to initially last one year, will focus on 30 CareMeridian patients who have survived severe brain injuries. The study will analyze selected patients from coma to recovery including medical management; and rehabilitation that includes physical, speech, respiratory and occupational therapy and environmental factors.
“We are delighted to team with Dr. Schnakers and Professor Monti who are a part of the UCLA’s Brain Injury Research Center –a national leader in its field,” said CareMeridian’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby. “As a leading provider of post-acute care and rehabilitation with more than 50 percent of our patients suffering from catastrophic neurological issues, we believe that CareMeridian is uniquely positioned to provide our UCLA collaborators with the clinical expertise and experience for this research project.”
“Professor Monti and myself are very excited to collaborate on this project with CareMeridian. The treatment of patients recovering from coma is extremely challenging. This study will undeniably help in improving our knowledge on how to manage those patients and how to optimize their recovery,” said Dr. Schnakers.
CareMeridian, a partner of The MENTOR Network, provides a continuum of high quality, cost-effective post-acute care and rehabilitation options to people of all ages with brain, spinal cord and other life-altering injuries and medically complex illnesses. With program locations throughout the Western United States, CareMeridian offers a distinctive service delivery model, merging an experienced and skilled health care and rehabilitation team with state-of-the-art technology in community-based program settings designed to meet the unique needs of those we serve at every stage of their recovery.
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local providers serving at-risk youth, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people with brain, spinal cord and other catastrophic illnesses and injuries in nearly 40 states. To learn more, please visit thementornetwork.com.
Kathleen Modlin, CareMeridian Communications