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Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to receive Innovation Award for Project SEARCH

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital September 10, 2014 News Releases

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has received the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Innovation Award for its Project SEARCH program. The award is presented to an individual or facility in recognition of a significant innovation.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the Innovation Award for this successful program that we created here at Bryn Mawr Rehab in 2010,” said Donna Phillips, BMRH president. The program has recently expanded to Lankenau Medical Center. “Project SEARCH has achieved an 82 percent success rate in assisting adults with disabilities to gain competitive employment, which is a significant accomplishment in workforce development.”

Project SEARCH, which expanded to Lankenau Medical Center in 2013, combines real-life work experience through the integration of classroom instruction and on-the-job training for adults with disabilities who want to enter or re-enter the workforce. The cornerstone of the program is immersion in the community and partnering with local businesses and corporations to provide interns with job coaching and mentoring that provides the skills and experience that allows them to compete for jobs on an equal footing with other candidates.

Richard Edley, PhD, RCPA president and CEO, stated: "In that so many of our members not only work in rehabilitation, but specifically in disabilities and work transition, we thought this was an exemplary selection this year."

The award will be presented at an RCPA luncheon on October 8 in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The hospital received Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, and is accredited by the Joint Commission; is designated as a NICHE facility and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital treats patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury, amputations, and orthopaedic injuries. Bryn Mawr Rehab Outpatient Network treats individuals with a wide range of conditions and injuries from brain injury, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease to concussions, pelvic floor disorders and lymphedema. Our outpatient rehabilitation services are conveniently located throughout the western suburbs of Philadelphia.