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We are honored to serve individuals with brain injuries and their families. To our program participants and families: We thank you for choosing Lakeview to assist you through your rehabilitation journey and wish you continued success to achieve your hopes and dreams. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone - it does not discriminate. Over two million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. This month, and every month, we celebrate the accomplishments of those living with brain injury, and seek to do our part to promote brain injury prevention, education, research and access to care.
Scott LaPoint, Neuropsychology Intern at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center, provided an educational presentation on concussion to Effingham Elementary School on 1/18 and Cornerstone Christian Academy on 1/31. The presentation titled “You Forgot Your Helmet” provided both parents and students with injury prevention facts and the signs and symptoms of concussion. Each hour long session focused on the myths surrounding concussions and realities of their potential long term academic and social ramifications. The presentation was both humorous and informative. In addition to the presentation, Mr. LaPoint raffled off several bicycle helmets that were generously donated by the Brain Injury Association of America.
Caroline Feller, Director of Community Relations & Development spent Wednesday February 19, 2014 at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. For the past six years, Ms. Feller presents Brain Injury 101 to the Honors Anatomy and Physiology class. The class is comprised of over 70 aspiring juniors and seniors. Ms. Feller highlights basic brain neuro-anatomy, brain-behavior relations, functional implications of a brain injury and family role changes. The students engage in discussions around sports related concussions, adverse effects of alcohol and drug use while driving, and the rehabilitation journey after one sustains an injury. The focus of the visit each year is to increase the awareness of brain injury through reminding the students a brain injury can happen at any time, anywhere and to anyone; a brain injury does not discriminate. Ms. Feller states,” I look forward to this invitation each year to share my passion for brain injury and with the hope to inspire future professionals to enter this rewarding and compelling field”.
Lakeview Specialty Hospital and the Adult and Children Residential Programs were awarded Full Joint Commission Accreditation status following their successful on site survey on January 9, 2014. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs across the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Lakeview is committed to the accreditation process to continually provide safe, high-quality care, treatment, and services to our patients, residents, and families.
Lakeview is pleased to announce that Rob Williams, MS, has joined the Lakeview leadership team as Administrator of Lakeview Wisconsin’s Midwest Residential and Community Programs including: Lakeview’s Residential Youth Program, Hillside Special Education Certified School, Adult Community-Based Residential Facility for neurorehabilitation and neurobehavioral treatment all in Waterford, WI; the Lakeview Behavioral Health Clinics in Waterford and Mt. Pleasant (Racine), WI; and the Mill Pond community residence in Westfield, WI. Mr. Williams has a long and distinguished career in rehabilitation, including positions as the Program Manager of Neurorehabilitation and Supported Living at Learning Services, NC in 2013; as Director of Neurobehavioral Programs for Mentor/NeuroRestorative – Carbondale, IL (2011-2013) where he had served from 1997 in progressively more responsible roles encompassing the breadth of post-acute rehabilitation as Director of Residential Services (2008-2011), Case Manager-Neurobehavioral Program (2002- 2008); Rehabilitation Therapist (1999-2002), Vocational Job Coach-Neurobehavioral Program (1998-1999) and Life Skills Therapist-Neurobehavioral Program (1997-1998). Mr. Williams received his BA in Psychology and MS in Rehabilitation Administration from the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, where he was honored with the 2009 Janet and David Stover Award from the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University. Mr. Williams will be joining Robyn Rushing, VP of Medical Operations & Development and Hospital Administrator, as well as Caroline Feller, MS, OT, CBIST, Director of Community Relations & Development, to continue expanding and enhancing Lakeview’s post-acute programs and services for persons with neurological, developmental, behavioral and medically complex diagnoses in the Midwest.
As part of Lakeview’s ongoing quality improvement plan, a nationally recognized incident investigation training for 12 key staff representing Lakeview programs from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Hampshire, was held in February of 2014. The training, provided by Labor Relations Alternatives, Inc. (http://www.lraconsultants.com), consisted of a three day course reviewing fundamental principles of investigation, including: The role of speed, thoroughness and objectivity in the conduct of a real investigation; Fundamental definition of the types and forms of evidence; Techniques for collecting detailed information from witnesses; Methodologies for preserving testimonial evidence and the collection of other documentary evidence; and Reconciling conflicting evidence. Lakeview is proud to announce that all training participants successfully completed the certification exam.
In collaboration with Compass Learning personnel, both Lakeview Special Education accredited private schools (Waterford, Wisconsin and Effingham, New Hampshire) are implementing Compass Leaning tools. The teachers, staff and administrators have completed the 5 hour training to implement Odyssey. The Compass Learning Odyssey® suite of learning solutions includes lessons and activities that are based on current and confirmed research about the way today’s students think and learn. Odyssey curricula for primary and secondary students facilitate differentiated and personalized instruction, while formative assessments and reporting tools help drive data-driven decision making (www.compasslearning.com). Lakeview’s teachers have identified individual lessons for students based on instructional data and students will begin the New Year using the Compass Learning Odyssey Program as part of our on-going efforts to utilize best practices in education and treatment of youth with autism, TBI, behavioral challenges and neurodevelopmental conditions.