Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Recognizes Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital with Three Awards

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Malvern, Pa. – Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, its employees and a former patient were honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) for their contributions to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities and for contributing in a significant way to the well being of individuals with disabilities. The annual award ceremony was held on Thursday, Sept. 25, in State College, PA.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received the Rehabilitation Agency Recognition Award; Susan Christie, PT, ATP, Supervisor of the Assistive Technology Center received the Distinguished Service Award; Sal Panasci, a former patient, received the Empowerment Happens Award.

The Rehabilitation Agency Recognition Award presented to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital for its Diabetes Education and Safety program recognizes outstanding achievement and exemplary service or programming for individuals with disabilities. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received honors for its multi-disciplinary diabetes support program, developed cooperatively by clinical departments hospital-wide, including nursing and medical, therapy, nutrition, and materials management. The program emphasizes patient education and patient safety through weekly education sessions and new emergency protocols established for patients at risk of hypoglycemic emergencies. 

The Individual Distinguished Service Award, presented to Susan Christie for her dedication over the past 30 years of ensuring equality for individuals with a disability, recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to and a market impact on the quality and quantity of services provided by rehabilitation programs.

The Empowerment Happens Award honored Sal Panasci, a former brain injury patient at the hospital, for his remarkable recovery and for demonstrating how he “beat the odds” when given opportunity and encouragement by Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital therapists and clinicians to continue his artistic career. Over the past 12 years, Panasci has demonstrated significant individual empowerment by expanding his creativity and exposure to art collectors, dealers and patrons. Panasci’s work hangs in galleries and with private collectors throughout the United States and the world, including a 2009 exhibit scheduled in Milan, Italy.

PARF is a statewide organization of facilities serving individuals with physical, mental, social and/or emotional disabilities. Since 1969, PARF has been actively working toward improving the availability, accessibility and quality of rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, which is affiliated with Main Line Health, is a pioneer and leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  The wide range of illnesses and injuries treated at this 148-bed hospital – the largest rehabilitation hospital in the region – includes brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and orthopedic injuries.


Ann Zalkind

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