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    Education is Our Passport to the Future

    Rhonda Abbott, PT, FTPTA, vice president of operations for TIRR Memorial Hermann, talks about the ways in which education moves us forward into the future.

    Rehabilitation professionals at TIRR Memorial Hermann recognize clinical care, education, research and advocacy as the four pillars that create an outstanding institution and lead to exceptional patient experiences. Rhonda Abbott, PT, FTPTA, vice president of operations for TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network, talks about the ways in which education moves us forward into the future.

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  • Anna de Joya

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Advances Rehabilitation Knowledge and Practice

    In 2019, the program was restructured as TIRR Memorial Hermann Education, and now includes four distinct programs: the Education Academy, Staff Education and Training, the Student and Observer Program, and Post-professional Programs.

    In 2019, the program was restructured as TIRR Memorial Hermann Education, and now includes four distinct programs: the Education Academy, Staff Education and Training, the Student and Observer Program, and Post-professional Programs.

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  • Dickran Altounian, MD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at TIRR Memorial Hermann Takes Off the Training Wheels

    Residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School is a four-year program with the first year of internal medicine built in.

    Residents at two Houston medical schools complete rotations at TIRR Memorial Hermann. McGovern Medical School has 16 PM&R residents, with four new residents each year, and Baylor College of Medicine has 24 positions, with eight new residents per year.

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  • Gerard Francisco

    Message From the Chief Medical Officer

    As we celebrate our 60-year history of success in rehabilitation, we’re doing what we’ve always done: looking ahead to the future. Our task is to ensure that we have the resources to continue to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

    As we celebrate our 60-year history of success in rehabilitation, we’re doing what we’ve always done: looking ahead to the future. Our task is to ensure that we have the resources to continue to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

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  • Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of TIRR Memorial Hermann

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Celebrates 60 Years of Pushing the Envelope in Rehabilitation

    Today, as TIRR Memorial Hermann celebrates its 60th anniversary, the hospital is ranked the best in the southern half of the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation.

    Today, as TIRR Memorial Hermann celebrates its 60th anniversary, the hospital is ranked the best in the southern half of the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation. The hospital has ranked among the top five in the country in all but three years since the magazine began publishing the list 30 years ago.

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  • Katherine O'Brien, PhD

    Katherine O’Brien, PhD: A Lineage in Health Care Leads to TIRR’s Disorders of Consciousness Program

    When asked why she chose a career in neuropsychology, Katherine O’Brien, PhD, often tells people she fell into it. Today she is the brain injury program leader and clinical neuropsychologist for the Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

    When asked why she chose a career in neuropsychology, Katherine O’Brien, PhD, often tells people she fell into it. The summer before she entered the University of Rochester in New York, Dr. O’Brien underwent endoscopic brain surgery for a colloid cyst, an incidental finding on imaging after she suffered a concussion in a fall. Today she is the brain injury program leader and clinical neuropsychologist for the Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

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    Nicole Harrison Joins TIRR Memorial Hermann as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

    She joined TIRR Memorial Hermann last May as vice president and chief nursing officer, with responsibility for nursing quality and patient care at two freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.

    A nurse with more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Nicole Harrison, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, has held leadership positions for more than 17 of those years. She joined TIRR Memorial Hermann last May as vice president and chief nursing officer, with responsibility for nursing quality and patient care at two freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospitals – TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy – and the post-acute rehabilitation units within Memorial Hermann’s citywide network of hospitals.

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  • Cindy Ivanhoe

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Welcomes Physicians

    TIRR Memorial Hermann is pleased to announce the addition of four physicians to its medical staff: Cindy Ivanhoe, MD, Abana Azariah, MD, Matthew Lin, MD, and Kristin Varacalli, DO, MPH.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann is pleased to announce the addition of four physicians to its medical staff: Cindy Ivanhoe, MD, Abana Azariah, MD, Matthew Lin, MD, and Kristin Varacalli, DO, MPH.

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  • Neuromodulation Research Findings in Charts and Graphs

    Perspectives in Research: Improving Neurogenic Bladder Management in Spinal Cord Injury with Self-administered Neuromodulation

    There is a need for alternative treatment strategies that are affordable and can be obtained anywhere. We investigated whether neuromodulation devices could overcome these obstacles in the treatment of neurogenic bladder in SCI.

    One common problem encountered is urine incontinence, or leaking between catheterizations, which can cause medical complications including skin breakdown and decreased quality of life. Anticholinergic bladder medications are often prescribed at higher doses in the SCI population and have intolerable side effects that contribute to low compliance. Other treatment strategies, including newer medications and bladder injections, are often too expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain. There is a need for alternative treatment strategies that are affordable and can be obtained anywhere.

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  • Accolades

    TIRR Memorial Hermann research featured in print, on the podium and poster presentations.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann research featured in print, on the podium and poster presentations.

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  • Jerry Ashworth

    Message From the Chief Executive Officer

    As Rhonda Abbott pointed out in our lead story, education is the beginning of practice in health care, and it is also the beginning of learning to live life with a disability. By investing in the education of our staff members, we help them advance in their disciplines and contribute to improved outcomes for our patients.

    As Rhonda Abbott pointed out in our lead story, education is the beginning of practice in health care, and it is also the beginning of learning to live life with a disability. By investing in the education of our staff members, we help them advance in their disciplines and contribute to improved outcomes for our patients.

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2020
US News and World Report Best Hospitals Badge
Nationally Ranked Rehabilitation

For the 31st consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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