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Casa Colina Welcomes Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group


Renowned rehabilitation doctors join Casa Colina to treat patients

and provide critical support to medical staff

(May 12, 2014, Pomona, CA) – Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation is pleased to announce today that key physicians from the renowned Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group have joined the Casa Colina healthcare team at its 20-acre hospital and rehabilitation campus in Pomona. These board certified physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) are all Clinical Professors at UC Irvine and include Ann T. Vasile, M.D.; Diemha T. Hoang, M.D.; H. Richard Adams, M.D.; and Fred Batkin, M.D.

""We couldn't be more pleased with the addition of these top rehabilitation physicians to Casa Colina's patient care team," said Felice L. Loverso, Ph.D., President and CEO of Casa Colina. "Casa Colina places the importance of quality clinicians above all else, and the addition of these top doctors further promotes that concept. We are extremely proud to have these well respected physicians on our campus and look forward to the quality of care they bring to our many inpatients and outpatients."

Ann Vasile, M.D., the newly appointed Casa Colina Medical Director of Rehabilitation stated, "We are honored to join Casa Colina's talented clinical staff at its state-of-the-art health care and rehabilitation campus in Pomona. Its reputation for quality care in the field is well-deserved and we look forward to a successful future of collaboration in these high standards of service."

Ann T. Vasile, M.D., Casa Colina Medical Director of Rehabilitation

Dr. Vasile focuses on neurologic and spinal cord rehabilitation. She is board certified in spinal cord injury medicine. She is also a Paradigm Medical Director and manages catastrophic spinal cord injury cases across the country to maximize patients' outcomes. Dr. Vasile holds many certifications, including Electrodiagnostic Studies, Lower Limb and Spinal Orthotics, Principles Prosthetics Training and Physician Management Training. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, and fulfilled her residency at New York University's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and University of California, Irvine. She has received multiple honors, including U.S. News and World Report's, "Top Doctors."

Diemha T. Hoang, M.D., Casa Colina Program Director of Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Hoang specializes in traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. She holds certification in vestibular rehabilitation. After obtaining her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she fulfilled her residency at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hoang is also an Associate Clinical Professor at UCI Medical Center. She has participated in several clinical studies for innovative, new treatment protocols. She has received numerous honors, including "Southern California's Super Doctors" and "America's Top Physician Awards" for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

H. Richard Adams, M.D.

Dr. Adams acts as a mentor for Casa Colina's rehabilitation physicians and connects them with key resources to enhance patient care. He has over 30 years of medical rehabilitation experience. His expertise spans neuro-pharmological agents, spasticity management and the continuum of care for catastrophic injuries. He is also involved in brain injury research for the National Institute of Health and is a Paradigm Medical Director. Dr. Adams regularly speaks at medical symposiums on topics such as pediatric/adult brain injury rehabilitation, marketing ethics, vocational rehabilitation, spasticity, the effects of managed care on rehabilitation and the continuum of care. He has received numerous awards, including U.S. News and World Report's "Best Physician." He has been nominated for "Excellence in Health Care" by ABC Channel 7/MemorialCare and most recently was named "Person of the Year" for B.R.A.I.N.

Fred Batkin, M.D.

Dr. Batkin provides vital clinical insight and administrative support to Casa Colina's rehabilitation physicians and administration. He previously acted as the Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Orthopaedics at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for over 20 years as well as the Director of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center's Pain Management Program for nearly 10 years. After graduating and obtaining his medical residency from the University Of Hawaii School Of Medicine, he completed his physical medicine and rehabili­tation residency at University of California, Irvine. He has remained there ever since as an Associate Clinical Professor, where he has played an important role in shaping the next generation of doctors for more than 25 years.

About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation

Casa Colina was founded in 1936 in Chino, CA to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In 1959, it moved to a new facility in Pomona, CA and expanded its services to treat people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to include a state-of-the-art 68-bed acute rehabilitation hospital accredited by The Joint Commission that includes outpatient and children's services; post-acute residential care accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); adult day health care; specialty physician's clinics; diagnostic imaging; ambulatory surgery, and more. The new Casa Colina Medical Office Building opened on the Pomona campus in June 2013 and construction of a 31-bed medical/surgical hospital wing is currently underway with a scheduled opening in 2015. It also operates a freestanding outpatient center in Azusa, CA. For more information, visit