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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

Fredericton | Site Profiles New Brunswick Provincial SCI Program, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Stan Cassidy Centre is a free-standing neurologic rehabilitation facility, providing bilingual tertiary services for adults and children from New Brunswick and PEI; as well as for complex paediatric patients from Nova Scotia. With 10 inpatient SCI beds, as well as transitional living suites (accessible apartments) available for individuals and their families, there is a total capacity to accommodate up to 24 inpatients, at any one time. With the addition of a Hostel unit in Spring 2013, we will have three additional onsite accessible accommodations. The centre provides care through inpatient, outpatient and outreach services, as well as expert advice to practitioners throughout the Maritimes. Combined with inpatients, outpatient services and specialized programs provide 30,000+ patient visits annually, and include an assistive technologies department, adapted driving and seating programs, a rehabilitation engineering clinic, and a restorative and reconstructive clinic. Uniquely, the Centre also provides outreach services (allowing for home and community visits, and training/ education throughout the province), the only fully-functioning rehabilitation therapeutic park in Canada, and the only pediatric rehabilitation wing in the Maritimes. An advanced telerehabilitation service with secure web-based video-conferencing allows for evaluation, assessment and education for individuals and caregivers from their homes and/or communities. Community reintegration planning with skilled rehabilitation counsellors is available through a strong partnership with Ability New Brunswick. SCI program members include dedicated physiatrists, nurses, OT/PTs, neuropsychologists, clinical dietitians, recreation therapists, respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers and rehabilitation assistants. There is close collaboration with the region’s orthopedic surgeons, urologists, endocrinologists, plastic surgeons, internists and otolaryn- gologists, and benefit from a 60m link to the regional acute care hospital, for diagnostic and emergency care. Affiliated with Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, and the University of New Brunswick Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Faculties of Nursing and Graduate Studies, the Centre is an accredited training centre for rehabilitation professionals, and welcomes students and residents from medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, speech language pathology and occupational therapy. A long partnership with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering has led to innovative collaborations in research - including treatment of pain and spasticity, quality of life and evaluation biometric data measurement (spasticity, and myoelectric controls systems); as well as clinical programs which combine the ingenuity and expertise of engineers and clinicians to addressing research and patient care questions. In addition, the University of New Brunswick boasts one of the largest technologically- advanced gait and motional analysis labs in Canada. Viewed as a North American leader in neurological rehabilitation, the Centre enjoys support from generous corporate, private and government investors through the Stan Cassidy Foundation. 34 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction
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