Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week Nov. 16-19

The UNC Rehabilitation Center will be hosting the first Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Activities begin Monday, Nov. 16 and will culminate on Friday, Nov. 20. The goal of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is to help educate faculty, staff, case management, therapists and nurses regarding the resources available in UNC Health Care System, so that we better serve our spinal cord injured patients.

Nov. 16 – 19: 
“Advancing the Continuum of Care for Spinal Cord Injury”
Educational series with lectures, demonstrations and refreshments for faculty and staff. Unless otherwise stated, all lectures will be held at 1 p.m. in Conference room A on 7 Bed Tower. Lunch will be provided!  5 Free CEUs, CNE’s, and Trauma hours will be offered to nursing and therapies.

Monday: 
“Inpatient Rehab’s Role in advancing the SCI Continuum of Care” Kim Massey BSN, RN, CCM
Tuesday: 
“Bowel & Bladder and Skin Care in SCI” Misty Townsend RN, CRRN
Wednesday: 
“Recreational, Occupational, Physical Therapy Intervention in SCI” Paige Lanier, MS, LRT/CTRS; Raheleh Tschoepe, MS, OTR/L; Courtney Matrunick, DPT @ 8:15 in 321 MacNider
“Spasticity Management in SCI” Heather Walker, MD; Melva Kirk, Medtronic
Thursday:
“Medical Management of SCI” Tracy Kent, MD

Friday, Nov. 20:
“Spinal Cord Injury Expo”
10 a.m.: Set-up of exhibits in Children’s Hospital Lobby
11 a.m.: Registration and visiting with vendors
12:30 p.m.: Lunch served
1 p.m.: Speaker, location TBD
2:30 p.m.: Conclusion

Space is limited; please RSVP to Courtney Matrunick, PT, at cmatruni@unch.unc.edu by Oct. 30. Click here to see a flyer.

The UNC Rehabilitation Center is a 30 bed unit located on the 7th floor of Memorial Hospital. Unlike most hospital settings, ours is designed to symbolize the patients progressing to their goal of returning home and living independent lives. In addition to caring for individuals with spinal cord injury, our rehab team also provides services to individuals with other neurological and orthopedic impairments as well as general rehabilitation needs. Each patient is given an individualized plan to maximize their functional abilities. These plans are implemented by the therapists, nurses, and staff and supervised by a Physiatrist (Rehabilitation Physician).  Patients with spinal cord injury are cared for by a Physiatrist who is fellowship trained and Board Certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and they are treated by a dedicated therapy team with special training in the rehabilitation of this patient population. We truly have a magnificent team approach and we want you to be a part of it.