Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare delivery system anchored by highly respected Centers of Excellence including trauma, burn, neonatal intensive care and high-risk obstetrics. In addition to its notable Centers of Excellence, the system provides an array of primary and specialty care services through its Health Loop and outpatient services, but our quality healthcare does not end there. The hospital also exercises a grant received by the Tennessee Department of Health: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program with the purpose of providing services for children and adults with a traumatic brain injury; providing information; making referrals to services and agencies; assisting consumers in applying for and accessing services; advocacy; support group development; and the development of new programs and activities. Over a thousand TBI survivors and their loved ones have participated in support group events hosted by Traumatic Brain Injury Services.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services addresses the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, physical and psycho-social aspects of treatment. A comprehensive treatment plan, catering to each person’s unique needs, is developed in collaboration with the person with a brain injury, his or her family members and the treatment team. The goals are to build skills and help the individual prepare for the future. Whether that means returning to school, work, the family home, a care facility, or another setting, the aim is to help the individual enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services works with individuals of all ages, and referrals to this free service can be made by the brain injury survivor, a family member or caregiver, rehabilitation facility, or any other affiliated professional in the community. As an added benefit of all the outstanding services offered, Traumatic Brain Injury Services will provide a Brain Injury Survivor I.D. Card to individuals with TBI. TBI survivors may request this I.D. card free of charge and it is a beneficial safeguard in case of an emergency. To request a complimentary card, contact Carolyn Chambers at (901) 545-8487 or email@example.com. To gain a better understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury, click here.
Annual Brain Injury Education Conference
Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Traumatic Brain Injury Services regularly hosts conferences and workshops on topics of interest to family members, caregivers, clinicians, researchers and other professionals. Traumatic Brain Injury Services is committed to helping individuals with TBI increase their knowledge about brain injury issues and learn how to live with life-altering consequences and reintegrate into the community. The primary goal is to increase awareness and stay-up-to-date on advances in medical technology and preventative measures. Education is the tool to fostering advocacy, collaboration, prevention, and research and ensuring those who specialize in the treatment of individuals with brain injury have a heightened level of expertise. Traumatic Brain Injury Services also publishes TBI Professional Update newsletter and distributes it via email to announce upcoming continuing education opportunities and injury prevention initiatives. If you would like to receive the TBI Professional Update newsletter via email, please contact Carolyn Chambers at (901) 545-8487 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, there is a Brain Injury Education Conference held annually that highlights various topics relative to TBI.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Started in 2004, Ride for Your Mind is a volunteer driven bike ride to heighten awareness about the prevalence and effects of brain injury, which is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in the United States. Wearing a properly-fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85% and Traumatic Brain Injury Services collaborates with bike shops and clubs in the community to distribute information about helmet safety and increase the number of free “brain helmets” given each year.
Motor vehicle crashes – the #1 killer of teens – take about 3,000 young lives every year or eight (8) teen deaths per day according to the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention. Traumatic Brain Injury Services distributes Parents are the Key handouts to teens in drivers’ education classes while a brain injury survivor encourages students to obey the rules of the road, stay focused on driving, avoid drugs and alcohol, and be responsible drivers. Students are more likely to listen and be responsible when they meet, see and hear from a brain injury survivor who has sustained a TBI and is living with the day-to-day challenges of a brain injury. Since July 1, 2011 over 1,250 high school students enrolled in driver’s education classes have participated in the program.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services works with senior centers, church groups and other agencies to educate seniors on how to conduct a home safety check-up and what to do in case of a fall. Information is distributed at events such as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in conjunction with Fall Prevention Awareness events each fall.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services makes presentations to daycare centers, anger management classes, and to those incarcerated, charged with child maltreatment, to educate and prevent shaken baby syndrome. Information is also given to new parents and a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation and handouts is available on request via email.
Date: Friday, July 12, 2013
Traumatic Brain Injury Services encourages brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers, and anyone in the community who is interested to attend the monthly Memphis Area Brain Injury Support Group Meeting. This is an opportunity for participants to learn they are not alone; there are others who can identify with how difficult it can be to live with a brain injury. New friendships are established and the mutual support that is developed lessens social isolation and depression. During the month of July, Traumatic Brain Injury Services works with Memphis Area Brain Injury Support to offer the Annual Picnic. This is a time for brain injury survivors and their families and caregivers to gather socially and celebrate life. For many, this is one of the only opportunities for respite they will have all year and it is always much anticipated.