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LEADERS IN BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATIONAs a leader in brain injury rehabilitation, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital will join the Brain Injury Association of America and its partners this month in recognizing National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Throughout March, the hospital is taking a closer look at brain injury rehabilitation and the healing power it can offer to patients with head injuries.

Smart Choices for Brain Injury Prevention
The Brain Injury Association of America cites the most common causes of brain injury as vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and violence. To prevent injury, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital encourages its community to think ahead and make the following smart choices for brain injury prevention:

• Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle;

• Buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt in the car;

• Never drive or engage in physical activity  while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

• Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets during appropriate activities;

• Use safe guards to avoid falls;

• Check first the depth of the waterwhen swimming or diving;

• Make sure the surface on your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood, mulch and sand; and

• Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe. Store bullets in a separate secured location

Awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital affirms that it has maintained the highest standards to address these conditions by achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for its brain injury rehabilitation program through The Joint Commission. To help restore the brain’s function following an event that results in a brain injury, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital engages individualized treatment programs, state-of-the-art technology and dedicated rehabilitation teams to work with patients one-to-one for a welcomed return home. Daily physician* visits, ‘round-the-clock certified nursing care and experienced therapists guide patients in reaching their goals for a faster return home.

Specialized Expertise in Caring for Rehabilitation Patients
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital also has nurses with the CRRN® designation (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse). CRRN indicates that a registered nurse has attained specialized expertise in caring for rehabilitation patients. This important quality, along with enhanced skills as a rehabilitation nurse, helps CRRNs provide a more targeted path leading to a patient’s faster return home and back into the community.

For more information on brain injury, rehabilitation or prevention, visit

or the Brain Injury Association of America at

To request a copy of “Living With Brain Injury,” contact Juanelle Cooper at 913.491.2455

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