Successful treatment for brain and spine disorders, injuries and diseases is often just the first step in a positive outcome for patients. Just as important in many cases is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that returns the patient to a normal life. These programs require ongoing investments to maintain and expand the high quality for which Barrow Neurological Institute is known.
All of Barrow’s neurorehabilitation services rely on philanthropic gifts to fund improvements in patient care, medical education and research. The Center for Transitional NeuroRehabilitation, for example, needs twice its current space in order to better serve its patients and to treat people on a waiting list for the program.
Barrow Neurological Institute provides comprehensive rehabilitation for brain and spine injuries and diseases for both inpatients and outpatients. Of particular note are the following highly specialized programs:
The Deborah and Bruce Downey Neuro Rehabilitation Center is the most comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program in Arizona and the only one with accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The54-bed center specializes in high-quality medical and nursing care, with physical, speech, occupational and recreational therapies in one centralized setting. It has dedicated areas for patients with stroke, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, neurological disorders and spinal cord injuries; a secure brain injury unit; three gyms; ceiling lifts to assist in moving immobilized patients; and voice-activated environmental control units in some rooms. The medical director of the center is Christina Kwasnica, MD.
The Center for Transitional NeuroRehabilitation (CTN) has been rebuilding the lives of people with moderate to severe brain injuries since 1986. The overall mission of the program is to improve independent functioning in the home and community, and to facilitate participants’ return to productive work or school. CTN helps patients understand, accept and adapt to the significant effects of a traumatic brain injury, stroke or other neurological injury. About 62 patients, ranging in age from adolescence to adulthood, participate in this intensive rehabilitation program each year. Patients spend several hours a day, four to five days per week at CTN for six to 34 months. Pamela S. Klonoff, PhD, directs the program.
The Ashlyn Dyer Aquatics Center provides water-based rehabilitation for patients from a wide variety of areas, including neurology, obstetrics and orthopedics. The indoor therapeutic pool, which was funded entirely through philanthropic gifts to Barrow Neurological Foundation, opened in 2012 adjacent to other Barrow neurorehabilitation services.
Barrow Connection provides children and adults with disabilities resulting from brain or spinal cord injuries the opportunity to experience activities that would be challenging or impossible without adaptive aids. The goal of the program is to help people with disabilities lead healthy, active, productive lives after discharge from the hospital and to heighten community awareness of the effects of brain and spine injuries.