Lakeview’s ambulance service opened August 22, 2012 and is the first licensed all Critical Care Paramedic ground unit in the state of Wisconsin. The Mobile Intensive Care Unit team is led by Todd Bluhm, CCEMT-P with Dr. John Tucker serving as Director of Medical Control. Dr. Tucker is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is the Director and Medical Control for Lakeview Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services’ Critical Care Team. He is a 1979 graduate of Rush Medical College at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. He completed his internship at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center followed by a residency with the University of Louisville Medicine Program. He is the Medical Director at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital and affiliated with West Allis Memorial Hospital. The Critical Care Ambulance Service, developed by VP of Medical Operations Robyn Rushing, Todd Bluhm, CCEMT-P and their team, is the newest State of the Art program introduced by Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab.
Lakeview’s Robyn Rushing, VP of Medical Operations, to Speak on Advances in Ventilator Weaning of Patients with TBI at NABIS
As a facility of choice, Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab continues to be the expert resource for families seeking continued aggressive medical care and evidence based neuropsychological interventions for loved ones with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Lakeview clinical team is composed of accomplished clinicians specializing in this complex population of patients. Pulmonary Intensivists, Critical Care Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Critical Care Paramedics, Speech, Physical and Occupational therapists along with many other specialized clinicians, have worked together over the past three years to better identify key factors in weaning patients with TBI from mechanical ventilation. The program now boasts a 95% success rate for weaning and decannulation.
The Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab Child and Adolescent programs are recognized leaders in the treatment of neurobehavioral disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and other conditions affecting cognition, behavior and learning. Lakeview’s program, located in Waterford, Wisconsin, provides effective and empirically sound treatment to children, youth, and their families to quickly evaluate and address challenges to success within home and school. Our program is nationally recognized and accredited through the Joint Commission (Behavioral Health) and CARF International (Rehabilitation) as a center for excellence, and is a WI approved special education program approved under section 14-7.02 of the School Code of Illinois . The youth program and school are housed within the same complex as our well-known acute care specialty hospital, outpatient clinic and rehabilitation services, allowing us to access resources for the most medically complex youth.
‘Neurotoxins: Living in the Chemical World’, will be presented by Lakeview’s COO Dr. Tina Trudel at the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 25-27, 2012. The presentation will examine the impact of neurotoxin exposure, with a focus on central nervous system damage and concomitant symptoms. Common occupational and environmental neurotoxins will be discussed, including heavy metals, solvents, organosphosphates and other substances, for both acute and low level long term exposure. Aspects of assessment, treatment and long term outcomes for both youth and adults will also be reviewed. For further information on this conference, please visit www.rehabpro.org.
Lakeview is pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas Horan, who joined us July 30th as Executive Director of our NH programs. Dr. Horan received his doctorate in psychology from the APA accredited program at Boston University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Mt. St. Mary College, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School, and was awarded a fellowship and received his MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton where he also received his Bachelors of Arts with honors. Dr. Horan most recently served as the Executive Director of Catholic Health Services/Special Education and Residential Services with the Archdiocese of Miami (2003-2011), was the Vice President of Beacon of Hope House and Director of Behavioral Health Services for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York (2001-2003), Executive Director of the Anderson School, a special needs school in New York (1997-2001) and held progressively responsible positions in the New York State Departments of Education, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for many years. We are confident in his ability to provide Lakeview with the expertise to lead us through these changing times and look forward to the continued growth of our New England programs as Centers of Excellence in rehabilitation, education, evaluation and behavioral health.
Recent studies have shed light on the increased risk of autism based on parental age. While for some time the risks for children’s health and older mother’s has been emphasized (including lower birth weight, higher risk of birth defects and chromosomal conditions such as Down’s Syndrome), only recently has paternal age also been identified as a risk factor. On the maternal side, researchers at the University of California, Davis conducted a ten year study in the 1990’s, examining 4.9 million births. The older mother’s age at conception was associated with increased risk of having a child with full syndrome autism.
Lakeview COO Dr. Tina Trudel will be presenting on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 25-27, 2012. Dr. Trudel, a neuropsychologist by profession, served as Site Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs from 2005-2010, developing a model community integrated rehabilitation program for military service members with TBI, and obtaining CARF accreditation for this site while under Lakeview’s management. During this period and subsequently, she has worked both within Lakeview and the larger professional community to foster better understanding of the similarities, differences, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, TBI and both as co-occurring conditions.
Soldiers with TBI and their families should not stop looking for help and guidance; recovery will not happen if people isolate themselves.
Lakeview Chairman Tony Merka is pleased to announce that Lakeview Care Partners will be opening 16 new beds for neurobehavioral treatment and community integrated rehabilitation in Holland, NJ. Less than 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia, the program site is situated on a 20 acre estate near the Pennsylvania border. “We are pleased that we will be able to serve residents from NJ, PA and the NYC metro region much closer to their families and home communities, and look forward to becoming involved in the regional systems of care,” notes CEO Chris Slover. With development under the direction of Dr. Tina Trudel and David Holland, MS, the Lakeview program is anticipated to open by January, 2013, with 16 beds comprised of two units for specific clinical cohorts of individuals in need of neurobehavioral treatment, brain injury rehabilitation, community integrated therapy and residential support.
Dr. Michael Mozzoni, Lakeview’s Director of Behavioral Services and Training will be a featured presenter at the Maine Brain Injury Conference on 10/23/12 at the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Mozzoni will be speaking on, ’Training Methods in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Fluency & Discounting .’ This program is designed to identify behavior management training methods and tactics for skill acquisition for use in the neurorehabilitation setting. The scope of the problem in terms of frequency, funding and long term considerations necessitates that therapists function as efficiently and effectively as possible. While evidence based practices aide in identifying treatment methods, decisions made by using single subject designs help the practitioner determine if the person is making timely progress. Given the decreasing length of stays in rehabilitation we must use the most effective training and measurement methods available. It is our hope that this program will provide practitioners with useful information.