The horticultural therapy program celebrates 25 years of service!

2017 marks the 25th year of horticultural therapy at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Horticultural therapy addresses patient therapy goals in a unique, non-hospital looking setting and shows the way Main Line Health thinks outside the box in delivery of care.

To celebrate this milestone, the horticultural therapy team hosted an open house for patients to take part in activities, which coincided with National Horticultural Therapy Week during the first week of spring. The event was well received by patients and therapy staff.

A patient recently noted her positive experience spent working on therapy goals while surrounded by lush green plants in the greenhouse and hearing relaxing music made her sessions and her stay more therapeutic. “Horticultural therapy was just what I needed to get me through,” she said.

In honor of this milestone year, horticultural therapy was chosen as the featured fund during Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Employee Giving Campaign. Funds raised will help to purchase a new gazebo for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff.

Occupational therapy month celebrates 100 years

April was Occupational Therapy Awareness Month and 2017 marks 100 years for the profession.

Occupational therapy (OT) was first developed in 1917 to help individuals with mental illness engage in purposeful activities such as gardening and arts and crafts to improve their overall mental health. Following World War I, OT became more medically based, treating injured soldiers returning home from battle. In the 1960s, OTs became more specialized and qualified to treat in the fields of pediatrics and developmental disabilities.

Today, occupational therapists continue to treat a wide spectrum of ages and diagnoses. From newborn babies to senior citizens, OTs work in a holistic manner to help patients live life to its fullest by helping to promote health and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness or disability. OTs can work in the home, schools, hospitals, nursing homes or clinics.

At Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, OTs promote independence in regaining the ability to perform everyday meaningful functions. From helping a patient use an affected arm after a stroke to brush their teeth, teaching a patient with a spinal cord injury to safely cook a meal from wheelchair level, or educating a family on how to assist their loved one with a brain injury to safely transfer in and out of the shower, OTs at Bryn Mawr Rehab strive to make our patients more safe and independent.

Main Line Health continues partnership with State Farm with the Safe Driving Initiative

Main Line Health is the recipient of a $45,000 grant from State Farm for the Safe Driving Initiative, which includes mock crash demonstrations at local schools along with Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Cruisin’ Smart program. The grant continues the 10-year philanthropic relationship between State Farm and Main Line Health.

The Mock Crash is a live simulation of a car crash involving teen drivers and passengers. Students then participate in a Cruisin’ Smart presentation, which uses true-life tragedies to educate youth and to change attitudes. Young speakers who are survivors of life altering injuries warn their audiences that being distracted or impaired while driving can often result in a devastating fate. It is particularly effective as it brings crash victims to speak directly to students in a school setting, and they candidly provide vivid accounts of their accidents, prolonged recoveries and the consequences of their decisions.

In addition to the generous support of State Farm, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Cruisin’ Smart also receives support from the following leadership donors: Beneficial Foundation; Boeing Employees Fund; Endo Health Solutions; Subaru; The Integra Foundation; The Marshall-Reynolds Foundation; and West Pharmaceutical Services.

Cheers for Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s environmental services team

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital partners with a patient experience company called Press Ganey to measure our patients’ satisfaction. Press Ganey partners with more than 50 percent of all U.S. hospitals to help improve clinical and business outcomes through surveys administered to patients.

Our environmental services (EVS) team achieved an annual average in the 97th percentile for 2016 Press Ganey scores. The team’s patient satisfaction scores have risen steadily from the 73rd percentile in 2014 and the 88th percentile in 2015. The department credits the high score with its focus on “I am the Patient Experience” practices, regular rounding and highly engaged employees.

In addition to the EVS team’s scores, the hospital as a whole has consistently ranked in the 90th percentile for overall patient satisfaction for a year. That means we are better than 90 percent of our peers in the market according to Press Ganey Surveys!

Pictured above: (Forefront) Anthony DiGinto, director, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Environmental Services (EVS), pictured with (from left) Clint Graham, EVS supervisor; and EVS associates John Sorongan, Maria Jiminez, Ahmad Waleed, Budi Prasetyo, Percival Ramsay, and Damita Geigel.

Art Ability partners with SEI

Art Ability has 86 pieces of work, for sale, on display at SEI in Oaks, Pennsylvania. The exhibition just recently opened and will hang through early January 2018; several pieces have already sold. Art is part of the culture at SEI. At any given time, 1,500 works from the West Collection are on display at its Oaks campus. We are very pleased with this new partnership, and the opportunity for even greater visibility of this signature program.

The Art Ability program’s goal is to foster a better appreciation of people with disabilities through the achievements and stories of our artists. As art enriches their lives, we hope their creativity, talent and exuberant spirit will enrich your life. Thanks to the generosity of The William Penn Foundation, Art Ability is now able to share works for sale online

Bryn Mawr Rehab launches new advertising campaign

Earlier this year, Bryn Mawr Rehab launched a new advertising campaign showcasing the hospital as the premier choice for physical/cognitive rehabilitation in the Philadelphia region. The advertising and digital marketing campaign brings together both inpatient and outpatient physical/cognitive rehabilitation services under the Bryn Mawr Rehab name for Main Line Health. The ads place special emphasis on two specialty programs of the hospital—stroke and concussion.

“With these communications, we hope to bring Bryn Mawr Rehab into consideration during times of high stress and need after a debilitating illness or injury,” said Donna Phillips, president, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “We want patients and families to feel empowered in making the best decision for themselves and/or their loved one. As our tagline states, how you live tomorrow depends on where you rehab today.”

Keep an eye out for our new ads, or watch them here:

Celebrating our volunteers

During National Volunteer Week in April, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital hosted a luncheon to honor the talent and dedication of our volunteers, who not only support and enhance the work we do, but directly contribute to our success.

Throughout the past year, 226 volunteers generously offered 15,139 hours of service to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Whether it’s assisting patients through the hospitals, greeting visitors as they enter through our doors, bringing smiles to faces of patients and employees through pet therapy or staffing our gift shop, our volunteers make a difference every day. The dedication, cheerfulness, service and compassion that our volunteers bring to the workplace is instrumental to our common goal of providing a superior patient experience.

Race to Recovery benefits Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Brain Injury Association of PA

In April, a total of 215 participants—including 20 volunteers from Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and the community—participated in the Race to Recovery, a one-mile fun run and 5k walk, run and roll through East Goshen Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Post-race, attendees enjoyed live music at the park’s bandstand.

The event raised over $17,000 which will benefit both the Brain Injury program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.

Welcome new board members!

The Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Foundation Board continues to grow, attracting business and community leaders who are eager to help the hospital achieve its goals. Five new individuals were recently elected to the Hospital Foundation Board: Michael Croce, president, Pat Croce & Company; Sheldon Gross, president, 240 Radnor Chester Investments; Thomas J. Haas, director of business development, Eureka Growth Capital; Patricia Panzo, attorney; and Paola Versano, managing partner, BenFab Architectural Metalwork.