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New Research Published in JOSPT

September 8, 2014

Brooks Researcher Jason Beneciuk recently co-authored an article related to the assessment and management of lower back pain in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. This work focuses on the use of an assessment called the STarT Back Tool (SBT) during the treatment of patients with lower back pain.

The SBT is used at the beginning of therapy to help guide treatment and has been proven to provide better clinical outcomes. Dr. Beneciuk’s research builds on this tools proven effectiveness. The article explains that most patients experience a change in SBT scores as treatment is carried out. But not all of the changes are positive. About 11% of patients worsen during this period. His work suggests that if therapists repeatedly assess pa tient’s SBT scores throughout an episode, they can do a better job of predicting long-term outcomes, and change interventions if worsening occurs.

Dr. Beneciuk serves as a faculty member in the Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Residency and Fellowship Program where his primary responsibility is as a scholarly mentor. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Florida Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the American Pain Society.

Clubhouse Awarded $64,841 Grant

Clubhouse Awarded $64,841 Grant

August 4, 2014

The Brooks Clubhouse was recently awarded a grant from the Able Trust for $64,841.

The Clubhouse is the only program of its kind in the State of Florida. Since opening in October of 2008, the Clubhouse has served over 240 individuals with various brain injuries, 80 of which have gone through our vocational program.

The focus of the funding provided by the Able Trust has been to grow and develop the pre-employment training and job coaching aspects of the program with the ultimate goal of placing members successfully into competitive jobs or volunteer positions in the community. This marks the third time this grant has been awarded to the Clubhouse. The funding will help the Clubhouse provide internships for members at local businesses.

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Clubhouse Awarded $64,841 Grant

Brooks Achieves Recruitment Goals for International Research Study

July, 30 2014

Dr. Kenneth Ngo Announced that Brooks is one of only two sites that have achieved their targeted enrollment for the international ASPIRE Botox clinical research Study.

The purpose of the the study is to monitor how Botox is being used in routine clinical practice for patients suffering from spasticity (muscle rigidness). By participating in this study patients will help researchers better understand the effectiveness of the drug in improving physical functioning and decreasing pain. Brooks has been approved to accommodate 15 additional slots for the study.

For more information on our research trial please visit our clinical research page here.

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Celebrate Independence with Bethany Hamilton was a Huge Success

April 11, 2014
Each year we try to bring a speaker that exemplifies the stories that we see here at Brooks every day. This year Bethany Hamilton visited Brooks Rehabilitation to share her story of inspiration and courage.

Check out these videos of the event!

JU launches SLP Master’s Program in Partnership with Brooks

April 2, 2014

Jacksonville University’s new master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology has been pre-accredited, which will allow students to enroll this fall for education in a field in which a nationwide shortage continues to exist. The program represents the most recent collaboration between Brooks Rehabilitation and Jacksonville University.

Over the next decade, job openings for speech-language pathologists are predicted to rise 27 percent, and employment in the field is expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. “The shortage of speech-language pathologists has long been recognized in the region and Florida. This program is helping to deal with that shortage,” said Dr. Christine Sapienza, acting Dean of Health Sciences and Program Director for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Jodi Morgan, clinical faculty and expert speech-language pathologist Brooks Rehabilitation, said the accreditation culminates a lengthy effort.

“Four years ago we started with the idea of developing a speech-language pathology program in the Jacksonville community,” she said. “The reason for this was the well-documented need of speech-language pathology clinicians in the health care industry and education systems. As a leader in rehabilitation, Brooks Rehabilitation took part to actively collaborate with Jacksonville University. The simple outcome is a successful program partnership.”

Up to 30 students are expected in the first JU Graduate Speech-Language Pathology class this fall. The program will abide by all American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) standards, its graduates will meet the academic and clinical requirements for ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology, and they will be eligible to apply for Florida state licensure.




Jason's Story

March 17, 2014

Thanksgiving is generally a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on all that you appreciate in your life.  On November 21, 2012 one family in Deland, FL was thankful that their son survived.  When Jason Filingeri’s mom, Beth Ann, went to wake him for Thanksgiving dinner, he was unresponsive.  Frantically she called 911.  Jason coded twice in the ambulance from both respiratory and cardiac failure.

Although Jason was in a vegetative state, he stabilized.  After a couple of weeks, his neurologist told the family he needed neuro rehab.  The family did some online research and found Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville.  One of the deciding factors for making the move to Jacksonville was that Beth Ann could stay in the room with Jason.  She didn’t want to leave his side.

Jason was transferred to Brooks on December 17th, still unresponsive.  That changed on January 4th when he started to “emerge”.  Beth Ann said at that point, she and his clinical team could tell he was “still in there”.  He was alert and began responding non-verbally.

From that point on, Jason continued to improve almost daily.  He had multiple, intensive therapies daily and his treatment team was delighted with his progress. When he was discharged on February 17th, he was talking and walking with the help of a walker. He continued outpatient therapy closer to home at Brooks clinics in Orange City and Waterford Lakes.

Jason is now back to being a normal senior in high school and working part-time.  He graduates in May 2014.  

At Brooks, we are thankful that the Filingeri family chose to allow us to be a part of Jason’s recovery.  




Brooks Adaptive Sports Program Receives $9,000 Grant From Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

March 12, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla., March 11, 2014 – Brooks Rehabilitation is proud to announce that it has received a $9,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The grant will be used to help fund the purchase of a bus for the Brooks Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program. “The bus will transport otherwise un-served individuals to weekly Adaptive Sport & Recreation activities and special events, transport already-served individuals to more activities than they were previously able to participate in, transport out of town athletes during Brooks sponsored special events and transport our athletes to out of town events,” said Alice Krauss, Manager of the Brooks Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program.

The Brooks Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program is just one of the many Brooks’ programs and services available to those recovering from a spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury or other illnesses and/or debilitating injuries as part of their road to recovery. Whether it's wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, tennis, handcycling or adaptive rowing, those living with physical disabilities can rebuild their strength and sense of independence while they build self-confidence, learn new life skills and even make new friends. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate at either a recreational or competitive level.


Kent Sabin Doesn't Let Stroke get in His Way

March 11, 2014

Stroke Survivor and Brooks Stroke Wellness member, Kent Sabin, hasn't let a stroke get in his way. This former marathoner now participates each year in the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile with friends like Barbara Henrique, a fellow stroke survivor and Brooks alumni.

Join us this Saturday at 10am for the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile at the Gate River Run. All ages and abilities are welcome. Register for free at gate-riverrun.com

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Brooks Issues a Call to Artist

February 27, 2014

In 2014, Brooks will break ground for our newest skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, University Crossing!  This 111-bed, 80,000 sq. foot facility, located adjacent to our hospital on Beach Blvd in Jacksonville, will provide options for patients needing both short-stay rehabilitation as well as longer term care.

As a world-class organization dedicated to cutting edge, evidence-based treatment, we want our buildings to reflect that same level of innovation.  We are proud to announce that The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is soliciting proposals on our behalf, for a permanent abstract sculpture to be located in the lobby of our new University Crossing facility. To download the sculpture proposal package, please visit http://www.ccpvb.org/artist-opportunities.html