Traumatic Brain Injury

The more effort I put in, the harder they’ll drive to make sure I keep getting better faster.

Ryan Brock, Former Madonna patient.


Ryan suffered a traumatic brain injury after slick roads in rural Nebraska caused the pickup truck he was driving to collide with a manure spreader in December 2015. As he progressed through rehabilitation and relearned to walk, the 29-year-old would joke that he was competing with his 14-month-old son. At Madonna, Ryan used specialized equipment to help him regain function in his left arm and leg. 

TBI dad in friendly competition with toddler son

TBI dad in friendly competition with toddler son


Madonna’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive specialized program that serves individuals with traumatic or nontraumatic brain injuries of any severity. Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based, quality rehabilitation to help patients return home to the activities that are important to them, and provide long-term support for optimal recovery.

Madonna’s Brain Injury Program develops an individualized rehabilitation program for all levels of brain injury, from those in a minimally conscious state to mild physical and cognitive deficits. Our program provides all levels of care encompassing medically fragile inpatient brain injury through our Specialty Hospital, to our intensive specialized outpatient programs,

On-Site Care

Patients will be seen daily by a physiatrist, also known as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, who specializes in the rehabilitative treatment and management of disease and injury affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. The primary focus is to restore function and promote overall health

Registered nurses with rehabilitation training or experience are on staff at all times to care for patients.

Madonna staffs licensed respiratory care practitioners at all times. Our respiratory therapists are able to provide arterial blood gas (ABG) services. Pulmonologists can perform bronchoscopies on-site with help from the respiratory team.

Madonna provides a full range of inpatient pharmacy services, including medication distribution, patient education and clinical/dosing services.

Madonna provides radiology services that include X-ray, ultrasound, echocardiogram, venous doppler, arterial doppler, Holter monitor, sleep study and electroencephalogram (EEG).

Madonna's in-house laboratory provides anticoagulation, hematology, chemistry, therapeutic drug level testing and urine analysis services with results available the same day in most cases.

Madonna has registered dietitians and licensed medical nutrition therapists who are part of the care team and ensure the patient's individualized nutrition plan is met. 

Neuropsychologists and rehabilitation counselors are an integral part of rehabilitation at Madonna.  They provide a variety of services, including neuropsychological assessment, adjustment counseling, pain management, family therapy, concussion or mild brain injury evaluation, memory testing, dementia evaluation, neurofeedback, biofeedback, behavioral management and psychoeducation.

Specially trained therapists help our patients establish proper seating and positioning for patients who use mobility devices.

Madonna is committed to meet all the needs of its patients--physical, spiritual and emotional. A spiritual care professional is a member of and consults with the care team. The chapel, the heart and soul of Madonna, is there to nurture faith and hope during times of crisis.

Program Highlights

Rehabilitation for patients with a brain injury includes specialized services that promote mass repetition and neuroplasticity required for recovery: 

Additional Programs and Services

Madonna offers additional unique specialized services that focus on real-life skills to help people achieve their greatest level of independence and get back to their families, work, community and activities.

Awards and Accreditations

View a list of awards and accreditations that demonstrate our commitment to providing the best quality of care for our patients.  

State-of-the-Art Technology

As a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, Madonna has some of the most advanced rehabilitation technology available.

Brain Injury Online Resources

The amount of information available about brain injuries can be overwhelming.  Madonna coordinates with local, regional and national organizations to help patients find the most helpful online resources.

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