International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative visits Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

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Members of the International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative, a worldwide organization that aims to improve rehabilitation care for children through collaboration and networking, recently visited Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

“We had folks here from Seattle, as well as Washington, D.C., [and] Tampa, Florida. It’s just a variety of opportunities to really look at what other programs are doing to provide the services that kids need – whether it’s in Houston or in Seattle,” said Pediatric Program Manager Jeffrey Stec.

They toured all the different areas of the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility.

Independence Square

“Our kids, our adolescents, who are approaching driving or are driving, practicing breaking down their wheelchair and loading it, getting that in 60 seconds so they don’t get frostbite in Nebraska,” explained Spinal Cord Injury Program Manager Diane Ulmer.

Therapy gym

“Glad you’re here. So we thought we’d take you down through the main part of the gym. This is where a lot of the action takes place,” said Stroke Program Manager Amy Goldman.

Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering: Richard W. and Jacqueline B. Chapin Gait and Motion Lab

The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital

“We had a great time on the tour, it was great to see Madonna’s facility and the way that you utilize space and technology and how you utilize that to serve your patients really well,” said IPRC Director Cindi Hobbes.

It was an opportunity to collaborate on new ways to help patients

“We’ll do that with phones because ours … some of them are sometimes miles away. We’ll have families film it on their phone and we’ll come back and look,” explained one of the visitors.

“… When we work together, when we pool our resources, when we collectively problem solve we have really the best chance and we’re the most effective implementing change in our field,” said Hobbes.

Carrying out their purpose and ultimately helping children.

“We serve as a central place, a connecting place, for rehab providers to share resources, to work together and to really promote the field of pediatric rehab," said Hobbes.

For more information about the IPRC, visit