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Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation Provides World-Class Care to Young Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation Provides World-Class Care to Young Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries Pomona, CA...Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation is located in eastern Los Angeles County and began serving people with the need for physical rehabilitation in 1936. It has evolved into a nationally renowned leader in rehabilitative care and provides services to children and adults from all over the world.

For many years, treatment for individuals with traumatic brain injuries has been considered a “signature” service of Casa Colina. Its continuum of care for people with traumatic brain injuries includes inpatient rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and long-term residential services – all with dedicated care plans designed specifically for this patient population.

Since 2001, more than 26,000 service members have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 60 to 70% of the injuries affecting the brain. The Veterans Administration and military hospitals have transferred many soldiers to Casa Colina, as well as other private rehabilitation facilities across the country. Casa Colina has established clinical and administrative relationships with top surgeons at Bethesda Hospital. These same doctors recommend Casa Colina repeatedly to families seeking another option and/or a place for their loved one to rehabilitate.

In recent months, national television news programs such as CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now”, “CBS Evening News” and NBC’s “The Today Show” have highlighted the stories of Casa Colina patients Army Staff Sergeant Jarod Behee, Army Staff Sergeant Corey Briest, and Marine Corporal Josh Cooley, as well as the quality of care that Casa Colina provides to these soldiers. Casa Colina has also received front-page news coverage with the New York Times in an article entitled “War’s Gravely Injured – A Challenge to Find Care.” Local coverage of the topic includes several stories in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, a front-page news story on November 11, 2007 in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and a December 2007 article in Inland Empire Magazine.

Felice L. Loverso, Ph.D., President & CEO of Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, is past president of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is very involved with actions and issues that impact rehabilitation services nationwide. Recently, he was appointed “Special Constituent Representative for Medical Rehabilitation Services” to the 2008 Hospital Association of Southern California Board of Directors.

Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit organization that depends greatly on the fundraising activities of the Casa Colina Foundation. Through its ongoing efforts, many free or low-cost services are provided to individuals in need that include on-campus housing for families of inpatients, supplemental and/or uncompensated care, funding to purchase new rehabilitation equipment and acquire new technologies, research to improve patient outcomes, and much more.

On February 2, 2008, Casa Colina will hold its “Tribute to Courage” black tie fundraising event, which will honor young soldiers treated at Casa Colina as well as nationally renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Rocco Armonda, Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology for both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The event will be held at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in City of Industry.

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