HealthSouth Nittany Valley Honors Brain Injury Awareness


Brain Injury Sharon and Patrick 

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, when HealthSouth Nittany Valley promotes brain injury awareness and honors its brain injury patients and their families.    

Pictured at a special brain injury support group dinner are Brain Injury Program Champion and Nurse Manager Sharon Poorman, CRRN®, and former brain injury patient Patrick Meyer.   The event, held on March 13, 2012, at 6 p.m., honored former brain injury patients and their families with a catered dinner and guest speakers.   HealthSouth Director of Marketing Operations Tracy Ewing, RN, BSN, shared the many ways that the inpatient rehabilitation hospital helps bring awareness of brain injuries to the community.   Frank G. Hilary, Ph. D., associate professor of psychology at Penn State University, who specializes in neuroscience, talked about his brain injury research.

HealthSouth also honored the month by hosting a free educational class, open to the public, on March 22, 2012.   “Maintain Your Brain,” presented by Sarah Keene of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater PA Chapter, focused on ways to maintain a healthy brain.  

On August 24, 2012, HealthSouth Nittany Valley promoted brain injury awareness at its annual Spike’s Night event. HealthSouth family and friends gathered to watch the State College Spikes face off against the Jamestown Jammers on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.   HealthSouth and the Spikes joined forces to provide brain injury education/awareness throughout the game.  

HealthSouth holds a monthly brain injury support group at HealthSouth, which is free and open to the public.  

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