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USC Announces Endowed OT Program

LOS ANGELES -- USC Trustee Ronnie C. Chan, MBA, and his wife Barbara have dedicated $20 million to USC's occupational science and occupational therapy program. Given in honor of Chan's mother, the gift endows and names the division, which will be known as the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. This is the first naming gift and the largest ever made to any occupational therapy program in the history of the field, according to the American Occupational Therapy ...

Posted on: September 18, 2014
Jewish Home Lifecare Opens Rehab Unit

NEW YORK, NY -- Jewish Home Lifecare announced Sept. 17 the opening of the Jewish Home Lifecare Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. The 22-bed post-acute unit, developed in collaboration with The Mount Sinai Hospital's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of health care specialists. "The Jewish Home Lifecare Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine is just the latest example of our dedication to offering aging New Yorkers a full continuum of health ...

Posted on: September 17, 2014
AOTA Hosts 'Hill Day'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At least 550 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students from 35 states across the U.S. convened on Capitol Hill Sept. 15 to discuss key legislative issues affecting the profession and the state of health care. Organized by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Hill Day is an annual opportunity for occupational therapy professionals to bring their concerns to their state's lawmakers' offices, offer solutions, ask questions, and listen to guest speakers on ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
Indiana University Offers OT Doctorate

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will offer a post-professional occupational therapy doctorate, announced Jeffrey Crabtree, associate professor in the school's Department of Occupational Therapy and director of the new degree program. The degree is offered as a hybrid program, with evening and weekend class times and the majority of coursework completed online. Students will move through a three-semester program, beginning in the summer and ending in ...

Posted on: September 15, 2014
Ottobock Named Official Paralympic Provider

Ottobock Healthcare, a supplier of solutions for people with limited mobility and partner of the Paralympic Games since 1988, has announced that it will be providing technical service for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Ottobock has been at the heart of the Paralympic movement for more than 25 years. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be the 13th where Ottobock has provided technical service. As the official prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair technical services provider, Ottobock will provide ...

Posted on: September 14, 2014
AAOS Releases Hip Fracture Guidelines

ROSEMONT, IL -- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) released Sept. 9 new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients age 65 and older. These recommendations are meant to be used as an educational tool to augment the clinical judgment of healthcare providers and patient preferences and values when making clinical decisions regarding this condition. The CPG addresses "a global health care challenge, as the ...

Posted on: September 13, 2014
Burke Appoints Director of Brain Injury Program

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced Sept. 12 that Justin Hill, MD, has been appointed director of its brain injury program. Hill is a board-certified neurologist, and as director will lead a multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, and other rehabilitation specialists in the treatment of diagnoses such as brain tumor, meningitis, skull fracture, cerebral contusion, encephalitis, intra-cerebral or subarachnoid hemorrhage, and brain abscess. A graduate of the Medical University ...

Posted on: September 12, 2014
OPTP Offers Franklin Fascia Roll

MORTON, MN -- OPTP has announced the availability of the New Franklin Method® water-filled massage peanut, designed to free fascia and stimulate the mind-body connection. Cultivating embodiment and developing performance in sport, dance and life, the Franklin Method® weaves imagery, movement exercises and proprioceptive tools. The newest tool, the Franklin Fascia Roll™, is a peanut-shaped massager that's filled with water for added weight and a completely unique feel. The same size and ...

Posted on: September 11, 2014
Johns Hopkins Studies ALS Gene Mutation

BALTIMORE -- Research at Johns Hopkins has helped a team of scientists elsewhere identify and develop a compound that could directly target a genetic mutation responsible for a common familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and a biologically related memory-robbing disease known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This new chemical, announced in the Sept. 3 issue of the journal Neuron by scientists at the Mayo Clinic and Scripps Research Institute, is still years from testing on patients, Johns ...

Posted on: September 10, 2014
OTs Present Parkinson's Webinar

NEW YORK -- The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) begins its sixth series of PD ExpertBriefings, free interactive seminars presented by leaders in Parkinson's disease research and care, on Sept. 9. Designed for people living with Parkinson's disease and health care professionals, the series of six seminars -- which can be accessed online or by phone -- will begin Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. eastern time at www.pdf.org/parkinsononline. The series will cover topics chosen with the help of the Parkinson's ...

Posted on: September 09, 2014
Kean University Appoints OT Clinic Director

UNION, NJ -- Kean University has named Geraldine Pagaoa director of its new Kean Community Cares Clinic. Pagaoa brings more than 12 years of occupational therapy experience to the clinic, which will open this month. "Kean is the only university in the tri-state area and one of only 17 nationally with an occupational therapy clinic," said Pagaoa. "The Kean University OT Community Cares Clinic offers an exciting opportunity for both students in the form of field experience and local residents who need ...

Posted on: September 08, 2014
John George Psychiatric Hospital Awarded

OAKLAND, CA -- Alameda Health System (AHS) announced Sept. 4 that John George Psychiatric Hospital (JGPH) has been recognized for excellence in behavioral health care. Both the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), California Chapter, and Reach Out, a part of the Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients, have recently honored the facility for continually improving the lives of people living with mental illness. NAMI California bestowed its inaugural Outstanding Treatment Provider award on ...

Posted on: September 07, 2014
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The fifth annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off Sept. 1, encouraging all Americans to take steps to reduce the effects of the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to recent data. Childhood obesity is linked to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems, fatty liver disease and other health concerns. The epidemic also levies a ...

Posted on: September 06, 2014
Management, Equity Partners Purchase Altimate Medical

MORTON, MN -- Altimate Medical Inc. announced Sept. 3 the purchase of Altimate Medical from Invacare Corporation. Management led the buyout with two equity partners, Rockwood Equity Partners and Granite Equity Partners. General Manager Todd Tholkes has been named president and CEO and all other Altimate executives will remain in place as owners and executives in their current roles. "We at Altimate Medical remain committed to working with our independent representatives and distributors and are excited ...

Posted on: September 05, 2014
Jacksonville University Opens Health Sciences Building

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- As part of its $120 million ASPIRE comprehensive campaign, Jacksonville University will dedicate its new 30,000-foot College of Health Sciences building Sept. 4. The project is a major part of a larger, $20 million, phased plan to expand the college's facilities, programs, equipment and faculty to meet growing demand. The facility houses the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Health Sciences (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Department of Kinesiology). It ...

Posted on: September 03, 2014
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