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For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2012


Southcoast Rehab opens new Brain & Spine Rehab clinic

New clinic will focus on spine, neurologic and balance disorders


DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Southcoast Rehabilitation Services, part of Southcoast Health System, has opened a new outpatient clinic at the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center in Dartmouth. This final piece of the center will complete the region's only comprehensive site for the care of patients with neurological brain and spine disorders.

The collaboration of rehabilitation professionals with neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists and pain management physicians will provide the community with a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for neurologic issues and spine pain.

"The ability to offer on-site rehabilitation services within the Brain & Spine Center enables us to provide an integrated care model with our physicians who practice in the building," said Jennifer Randall, Director of Southcoast Rehabilitation Services. "Our ability to communicate is enhanced by being in the same location. It is truly multi-disciplinary care. This model will result in our patients receiving the most comprehensive and effective management of a wide range of brain and spine disorders."

The new site offers comprehensive rehabilitation services with a focus on spine, neurological and balance disorders, as well as providing rehabilitation for other injuries and conditions. Additionally, Southcoast's Occupational Health rehab program will also be located on site, providing specialized physical therapy, hand therapy and work conditioning for patients injured on the job.

"A patient's recovery can depend highly on finding therapists with the specialized skill to treat their injury or illness," said Lisen Cameron, Southcoast Brain & Spine Rehab Site Manager. "At the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center, patients can benefit from our specialized rehabilitation experts who will design programs to meet their specific rehabilitation needs."

Services at the new site will be provided by a seasoned team of clinicians who collectively offer more than 200 years of rehabilitation experience with expertise in areas related to the brain and spine. The Southcoast Brain & Spine Rehab team includes six physical therapists: Susan Sherman, Team Leader, John Buckley, Sandra Gibson, Linda Moffatt, Heather Pomfret-Veilleux and Heather Robinson; occupational therapist Sarah Wordell; speech/language pathologist Lisa Yauch-Cadden; physical therapist assistants Kimberly Lincoln and Rosalie Pina-Fairhurst; physical therapist assistant and certified athletic trainer John Mullen III, and certified athletic trainer Lori Johannessen.

The Occupational Health Rehab team includes six physical therapists: Philip Hubert, Team Leader, Barbara Corey, Doug Despres, Karen Glenn, Cheryl Langlais and Martha Mattar; occupational therapist David Costa; physical therapist assistant Miranda Swift, and ergonomics Team Leader Kathleen Nelson.

Southcoast Brain & Spine Rehab is located at the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center, 480 Hawthorn Street in Dartmouth, providing patients with ample parking and easy access to Route 140 and Interstate 195. For more information, call 508-910-3434 or visit www.southcoast.org/brainandspine.

About Southcoast Rehabilitation Services

Southcoast Rehabilitation Services' multidisciplinary teams offer physicians and patients of all ages, a long-standing commitment and reputation for providing the best rehabilitation services possible for a variety of physical and functional challenges.

Southcoast Rehab's seasoned clinical teams include physical and occupational therapists, physical and occupational therapist assistants, speech/language pathologists, audiologists and certified athletic trainers. These diverse team members provide a broad range of traditional rehab services as well as specialty programs including aquatic therapy, hand therapy and custom splinting, balance program, functional spine program, SPORT medicine rehab and athletic training services, voice services, hearing aid dispensing services, and women's rehab.

Services are offered at 12 easily accessible locations throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.southcoast.org/rehab/.

About Southcoast Occupational Health

Southcoast Occupational Health partners with the business community and their affiliates to provide a broad spectrum of occupational health services, directly and through a collaborative network of Southcoast Health System resources.

Southcoast Occupational Health provides quality programs for occupational and preventive health, regulatory compliance, safety education, injury management and rehabilitation; with a focus on keeping workers healthy through pre-employment screenings, employee wellness training, injury management and follow-up treatment.

Southcoast Occupational Health is recognized as a leading resource to the business community, the insurance industry, other health care facilities and occupational health professionals throughout the region. The program has successfully helped hundreds of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island organizations reach their occupational health goals. For more information, visit www.southcoast.org/occhealth.

About the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center

The Southcoast Brain & Spine Center is a regional center that provides the comprehensive delivery of care for patients with neurological brain and spine disorders through surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

The center uses the most sophisticated techniques, treatments and technology to treat disorders of the brain, nerve and spine. Physician specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of rehab professionals, psychologists, chiropractors and nurses to offer the most advanced treatments and care available.

The center treats patients who have a wide array of neurological and brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, headaches, stroke and movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease. The center also treats issues specifically causing chronic back and neck pain, including disc disease and herniation and compression neuropathies, as well as injuries and disease of the brain, including treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and epilepsy. The center also has specialists who treat sleeping disorders.

The Southcoast Brain & Spine Center is designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction based on best practices and quality of outcomes. The main outpatient office is located at 480 Hawthorn Street in Dartmouth. Patients can also receive care at the center's two satellite outpatient offices, which are located at 534 Prospect Street in Fall River and at 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham. Inpatient care is provided at all three Southcoast hospitals with surgical services offered at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. For more information about the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center call toll free 855-778-0088 or visit www.southcoast.org/brainandspine.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

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