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Unity Acute Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Program Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Unity Health System is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Acute Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Program. Founded in 1989 as a small inpatient brain injury program, the Acute Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Program has expanded to provide specialized services to people with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders who live in the Rochester area and other communities throughout New York State. A reunion of staff and patients of the Program will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Unity St. Mary’s Campus, 89 Genesee Street. Former patients featured in the Program’s 20th anniversary commemorative report will be attending the celebration.

“We have many milestones and accomplishments to look back on,” said Mary Dombovy, M.D., medical director of Unity Acute Rehabilitation & Brain Injury. “Our successes, especially the remarkable recoveries experienced by our past and present patients, are thanks to the talents of our dedicated staff, and the strength and determination of our patients themselves.”

The Program offers many services and supports to its patients, including:

• Physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients with traumatic brain injuries, stroke and other neurological disorders

• Rehabilitation programs structured for pediatric patients

• Mild Head Injury and Post-Concussion Services

• Physical therapy clinics throughout Monroe County

• Outpatient aquatic therapy

• Electro diagnostic services • Specialized headache program 

• Spine Center Services

• Vestibular rehabilitation for patients with vertigo and other vestibular disorders

Unity’s Acute Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Program is affiliated with the University of Rochester Departments of Neurosurgery and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the Ithaca School of Physical Therapy. It has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (www.carf.org) since 1994. The Program supports Unity Hospital, a designated Stroke Center by the New York Department of Health. The certification is given to hospitals that meet the operational recommendations established by the National Stroke Association and the Joint Commission, to assess and manage the needs of stroke patients.

Media coverage of the celebration is welcome. To interview Dr. Mary Dombovy prior to the event, please call Natalie Ciao, public relations manager, at 368-3091.

Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.