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Head Strong Thanks to comprehensive care from the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network, which includes UCH, a brain injury patient makes a full recovery I n spring 2012, Jennie Cao was receive the highest level of care across participating in a charity bike ride the complete continuum. to support breast cancer when she From the UM Rehabilitation and lost control of her bike and suffered Orthopaedics Institute, Jennie ended a serious head injury. In a whirlwind of up closer to home and work when she events, she was flown to the R Adams continued her outpatient rehabilitation Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in University of Maryland Medical Cen- Bel Air. For three months, she worked ter for stabilization, and then, three with physical therapist Maria Minichiello, days later, to the University of Mary- speech pathologist Amy Bland and land Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics occupational therapist Vasilia Kouloum- Institute (formerly Kernan Hospital) for bre on upper body strength, getting her focused inpatient rehabilitation. legs back in full motion and addressing "I had lost ability in my left leg, had terrible dizziness due to vertigo, and a few cognitive differences that were the continued dizziness she felt, especially when she stared straight ahead. "I was really impressed with my really improved upon during my 10 days incredibly specialized outpatient reha- [at the UM Rehabilitation and Ortho- bilitation team at Upper Chesapeake," paedics Institute]," Jennie says. Jennie remembers fondly. "They genu- CONTINUATION OF CARE The University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network consists of rehabilitation With the help of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network, Jennie Cao was able to navigate the system quickly and easily. inely cared about my progress. They followed up with me in a way I wasn't expertise and training of our team so expecting and it gave me confidence." they can truly provide the highest quality evidence-based care to achieve the Maryland Medical System. This col- HELPING PATIENTS ACHIEVE BEST OUTCOMES laboration allows patients like Jennie to Christina Pedini, director of Outpatient to people that we don't view just as our Rehabilitation at Upper Chesapeake patients but as our family, friends and Health, firmly believes that her team of neighbors," Pedini continues. professionals across the University of THREE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! highly skilled clinicians, and their focus best patient outcomes. "We strive to provide superior care More than a year later, Jennie is fully recovered and back to her job as practice lenges, sets Upper Chesapeake apart manager for a busy plastic surgery office from other Harford County rehabilitation in Bel Air. "I am so grateful for everyone centers. "Regardless of the treatment who helped me along the way. They were someone is seeking," she says, "we all so wonderfully supportive and it made are passionate about supporting the UCH offers rehabilitation services in Bel Air, Abingdon and Havre de Grace. Go to for more information. on patients' unique goals and chal- a big difference to my recovery."  Find out more about UCH Orthopaedics at | Winter 2013 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013
A Healthy Start
Head Strong
Weighing Your Options
A Lifesaving Gift
At a Glance
News and Events

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013