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2016 Year in Review: Brooks Rehabilitation

2016 Year in Review: Brooks Rehabilitation

Jan 05, 2017

2016 was a banner year for the patients, staff and community of Brooks Rehabilitation. We recorded several major milestones in our continuing journey to help provide better care and support to those throughout our system. Here's a quick look at some of the major events and accomplishments that made the year a memorable one.

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COO, Michael Spigel, Participates in Congressional Briefing

Michael Spigel, Brooks President and COO, kicked off the year with a Congressional Briefing. Leaders from HealthSouth in Birmingham, AL, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, participated in the post- acute briefing and shared examples of how our organizations are working to improve outcomes for patients and lower costs.

Bandits Win National Rugby Title

The Brooks Bandits brought home the Division II National Championship Title! “We went in as the underdog with nothing to lose and everything to gain” said Coach Kenny. “Our team got hot at just the right times and years of hard work finally paid off.”

Everest Survivor Takes Celebrate Independence to New Heights

Dr. Beck Weathers, who survived one of the worst disasters ever on Mt. Everest, was the keynote speaker this year at our annual Celebrate Independence. The event featuresa day of inspiring individuals and valuable information – all in the name of living life to its fullest.

Brooks Expands Services with Aphasia Center Opening

Northeast Florida’s first dedicated center for the treatment of aphasia opened this year. The Brooks Aphasia Center will continue care beyond traditional speech therapy by offering a community-based recovery program that will focus on the development and enhancement of communication skills in a group-based environment. 

Hospital Nursing Team Achieves Highest Level of Recognition

On April 28, 2016, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital received official Magnet recognition as a reflection of our nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence.

Pediatric Services Offered to Community

With a focus on a healthy lifestyle, our Pediatric Recreation Program provides a safe and supportive environment for youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities to engage in activities that promote fitness, socialization, enrichment and independence.

Adaptive Sports Bring Services to Daytona Beach

The Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by expanding its services from Jacksonville to Daytona Beach. The program currently offers rowing, tennis and bowling to participants with plans for additional activities in 2017.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Holds Town Hall at Brooks

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell hosted a roundtable discussion at Brooks Rehabilitation on July 26th to address the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to deliver better healthcare at a lower cost. Brooks Rehabilitation was an early adopter of the CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI). Through care redesign and improvements in the coordination of health services, we were able to improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital readmissions while reducing costs by 20 percent.

University Crossing

In September, we opened our newest skilled nursing facility, University Crossing. The majority of the 111 beds will focus on short-stay rehab, including a 10-bed specialty unit for individuals with neurological disorders.

Jacksonville Health Leaders Partner to Create Unique Healthy Living Center

Through key partnerships with Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation and Florida Blue, the Luther and Blanche Coggin Family Healthy Living Center within the new Winston Family YMCA, provides a comprehensive range of programs to address health concerns of youth and adults. Our outpatient clinic within the HLC offers highly skilled an individualized treatments for any orthopedic condition seen in a ll age ranges from children to older adults.

Hurricane Matthew

All of our facilities dealt with Hurricane Matthew, a major storm which required an extraordinary effort by so many of our employees who worked tirelessly on behalf of our patients.  Everyone did a fantastic job to help our patients safely weather the storm.