Brooklyn, New York—The David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center joins the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) in recognition of National Rehabilitation Week. This important week of observance was established by NRAF to educate people about the benefits of physical rehabilitation and the capabilities of the physically challenged. Known for its excellence and expertise in the area of physical rehabilitation, Kingsbrook’s David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute takes pride in celebrating this week with its patients who are striving for maximum rehabilitation and the medical specialists committed to their healing process.
Starting September 17th and ending September 21st, Kingsbrook’s David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute will host a variety of activities and seminars starting with a special awards recognition program honoring the extraordinary achievements of patients, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 17th. The institute will present a Rehabilitation Awareness seminar on Wednesday, September 18th, from 9:00am-12:00pm in the lobby of the Katz building, and a presentation on “Bariatric Ergonomics: Transfer & Mobility of the Obese Patient” on Thursday, September 19th from 8:00am-4:30pm. To add to the festivities, the Institute will hold its Rehab Olympics on Friday, September 20th from 2:00pm-4:00pm on the 2nd floor of the David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute.
The David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute specializes in comprehensive treatment services in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation/Coma Recovery (the only New York State licensed program in Brooklyn) Pediatric Rehabilitation, Occupational and Vocational Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Vocational Therapy, Pain Management and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. The Rehabilitation Institute helps those with injuries and special physical challenges optimize their bodies’ ability to heal, ultimately improving the individuals quality of life.
“Having the largest rehabilitation program in Brooklyn and the 2nd largest in New York City, we are able to provide state-of-the-art treatment based on the most current research,” states Jeanine M. Frumenti, MPA, RN, Assistant Vice President of Kingsbrook’s David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute, “National Rehab week provides us with the opportunity to educate people who are not aware of the physical, cognitive and emotional challenges that persons experience after an accident or medical problem.”
Betty Roc, one of Kingsbrook’s patient’s and a Rehab Week honoree, is a fitting example of the level of excellence and commitment of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Having suffered a traumatic injury, which severely injured her spinal cord, Betty was transferred to Kingsbrook to receive comprehensive rehabilitation therapy. Initially unable to perform minor tasks such as sitting upright and moving around in bed, she needed the assistance of 3 people to help her through her day. With the help of her Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist, she was able to learn standing and sitting postures and special techniques to better cope with her disability.
Following acute rehabilitation, upon transfer to Kingsbrook’s Rutland Nursing Home, she continued to work diligently in the rehabilitation program which helped her maximize her physical capabilities. Before long, she was able to stand up with assistance and gradually advance to walking. At Kingsbrook, she not only learned the techniques needed to fortify her body but received emotional support from staff, helping her overcome her fear and apprehension. Today Betty is living at home and maintaining her independence.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage those who have gone through Rehab to maintain their functionality by continuing their therapy program at home,” added Ms. Frumenti, “And for those who cannot function independently and have not had access to rehabilitation, we urge you to contact us at 718-604-5347. Please join us in our celebration of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. Tours of Kingsbrook’s facilities are available at your convenience.”
For more information on how you can participate in Rehab Week events, please call the marketing department at 718-604-5201. Kingsbrook is an 864-bed teaching medical center, dedicated to the health needs of one of Brooklyn’s most culturally diverse communities. The facility continues to implement programs and services that meet the health needs and concerns of the community at large. Diagnostic and treatment services include: Emergency Services, Ambulatory Surgery and Radiology with CT Scan and MRI. Other specialty areas include a Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, a Wound Healing Center, a non-invasive Vascular Laboratory and a Traumatic Brain Injury & Coma Recovery Unit. Kingsbrook and Rutland Nursing home are JCAHO certified and not-for-profit members of the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State.