Back on the Job
Debbie Heckler, RN, quality coordinator at Union Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room, credits the Curtis Work Rehabilitation Program with helping her achieve an ergonomically correct and healthy work environment.
Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services Program a Unique Occupational Fit
“Stand up” and “you need to stretch” frequently run through Debbie Heckler’s mind—whispered reminders from Eileen Koenigsberg, a physical therapist at Union Memorial Hospital’s Curtis Work Rehabilitation program who helped Heckler achieve a comfortable and healthy work environment.
This environment wasn’t always the norm for Heckler, quality coordinator of Union’s Emergency Room. In fact, some days, after spending hours behind the computer viewing patient records, her right arm would swell. At first, Heckler associated the swelling with a shoulder problem. However, following shoulder surgery and subsequent physical therapy, Heckler continued to experience swelling. After countless doctors and misdiagnoses, she began reading articles about office ergonomics. She made small changes to her work environment, but nothing helped. Heckler then contacted Employee Health, which referred her to Koenigsberg to perform an ergonomic consultation.
“Within minutes, I could smell her brain burning with ideas,” Heckler says of Koenigsberg, recalling how the therapist observed how she worked. Items in Heckler’s work space were rearranged. She got a new chair, computer keyboard and keyboard stand. These changes, along with stretching throughout the day, created a more enjoyable work environment. “A year after the initial consultation, I am still reaping the benefits,” she says.
Heckler is not the only one whose work life has improved thanks to Union’s work rehabilitation program. Each year, more than 30 injured patients participate in the work hardening program, which offers personalized treatment to help patients regain the strength and skills needed to return to work.
The program creates a work environment similar to the patient’s work place. On any given day, an electrician, construction worker and delivery driver might be side-by-side, working on tasks that will prepare them to be as functional as possible when they return to their respective occupations.
Earlier this year, Charles Alexander, a Maryland Transit Administration bus driver, entered the program following shoulder surgery. A functional capacity evaluation was conducted and a plan created so Alexander could return to driving eight-hours-a-day and operating the wheelchair lift. Five days a week for six weeks, Alexander reported to the program. Weekly adjustments were made to his plan based on pain, ability and progress.
Today, Alexander is back on the job. “The program not only helped me build my endurance, but also helped me learn how to manage my pain,” he says. “I am happy to be on the road and driving my bus.”
Pictured, Occupational Therapist Francine Miles
helps patients regain functional job skills.
For more information about the Curtis Work Rehabilitation program, visit www.unionmemorial.org or contact Donna Keegan at 410-554-2975.
Union Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Physicians
Union Memorial Orthopedics and Sports Medicine welcome Dr. Daryl Osbahr, Dr. Margarita Fliman, and Dr. Morvarid Yousefi.
Dr. Osbahr is director of sports medicine research and is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports injuries affecting the elbow, shoulder, and knee, including youth injuries. He see patients in Ellicott City and Baltimore.
To schedule an appointment, please call 410-554-6414.
Dr. Fliman is a physiatrist specializing in non-surgical treatment of back and joint pain, physical medicine and rehabilitation, acute and chronic pain treatment, and musculoskeletal disorders
She sees patients in Ellicott City. Westminster, and Baltimore.
To schedule an appointment, please call 410-554-6427.
Dr. Yousefi is a physiatrist who emphasizes the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal diseases. Her special interest and advanced training includes interventional joint procedures, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine including the use of prolotherapy to treat various orthopedic complaints. She sees patients in Lutherville and Baltimore.
To schedule and appointment, please call 410-554-6427.
Dr. Victor Ibrahim Appointed
Director of Ultrasound & Regenerative Orthopedics Program
NRH is pleased to announce the appointment of Victor Ibrahim, M.D., as Director of the Ultrasound and Regenerative Orthopedics Program. Working closely with Dr. Curtis Whitehair, Dr. Ibrahim will be responsible for developing strategies for program growth and for establishing clinical practice and credentialing guidelines. He will also oversee the teaching and training of residents and fellows in orthopedic ultrasound and regenerative therapies. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ibrahim on his leadership role in this important programmatic area.
NRH Spinal Cord Day Treatment Program
The SCI Day Program is an alternative for those persons who are medically stable and no longer require around the clock nursing care but who can benefit from intensive treatment within a daily routine with minimal nursing support.
Day program participants receive individual and group Occupational and Physical therapies, as well as Social Work services. Depending on your clients needs, their day program treatment plan may also include:
Therapeutic Technology Available:
Medical Rehabilitation Management
Participation in NRH research studies
Rehabilitation Engineering consultations
SCI education classes/SCI support groups
Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic
Therapy areas include state if the art equipment including weight training, electrical stimulation and FES Bikes, Bioness, ZeroG 3D dynamic body weight support system, standing frames, gliders, and Lokomat.
What you can expect:
Most services are delivered in the outpatient therapy gym, Independence Square, the therapeutic garden, and as needed, the pool, the Seating and Mobility Clinic, and the community for outings. In addition, you can expect the following:
Interdisciplinary team conferences, twice monthly
Average cost of $500-$600 daily
Average length of stay of 60 therapy days (approx. 2-4 months of therapy)
At least three hours of therapy daily with lunch provided
Interpreter Services are not provided for those with limited English proficiency, but are available for patients who are hearing impaired.
To make a referral, please contact our program coordinator, Angelique Moran, M.S., at 202-877-1945.
The Spinal Cord Day Program Team
(standing from left) Judson Richardson, LICSW; Lara McAteer, OT;
Katie Seward, PT
(seated from left) Kate O'Boyle, PT; Angelique Moran, Program Coordinator;
Shannon Minnick, SCI Patient Navigator;
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Hospital Based Services:
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