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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 6th year in a row. The hospital’s care was cited as being as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Mario Rodriguez, CEO of New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have graciously been recognized as a top performing facility for many years now, but we never take it for granted. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about helping patients reach their full potential through the care we provide. We work daily to ensure patients are reaching their highest levels of ability and independence.”

New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“If you take into account that a national study has previously shown that inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide better long-term results for patients, being ranked at the top of that group validates the quality of care we provide,” says Dr. Maria Lomba, Medical Director of New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, referencing a study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute that showed patients treated in inpatient facilities experienced improved quality of life as compared to skilled nursing facilities.

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community is truly rewarding,” Rodriguez says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital also will collaborate with peers throughout the nation to share information and establish best practices for patients. “This helps elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States,” Rodriguez says.

New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Hospital Recognized as Providing Higher Standard of Service to Brain Injury Patients

First in New Braunfels to earn Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission

Canyon Lake native, Shelley Cobb, experienced one of the worst – and one of the better — moments of her life last summer. Her worst was when a motorcycle accident left her with significant disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury. However, that was followed by a better moment when she recovered enough to attend her daughter Renay’s wedding – which was held at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, where Cobb was receiving treatment.

“I didn’t think I was going to see Renay get married,” Cobb says. “The accident put me in a coma, and when I came out of it, I couldn’t speak, walk or even feed myself. That’s when I was transferred to New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.”

After six weeks of treatment and therapy at the hospital, Cobb sat in the front row and watched Renay walk down the aisle. She even danced a little during the reception. “It’s a day I’ll always be thankful for,” she says.

More than a year later, Cobb says she’s still thankful. “It’s amazing,” she says. “I’m not only back to doing everything I was able to do pre-accident, but I’m doing more. I’ve made a big lifestyle change and now run almost every day on the treadmill at the gym.”

Cobb is one of numerous patients who have received rehabilitation at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital following a brain injury. The hospital recently became the first in New Braunfels to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for brain injury rehabilitation. Certification is voluntary and given after a rigorous on-site review of the hospital’s practices, programs, and outcomes in treating brain injury patients.

“We take our responsibility to providing the highest quality of brain injury rehabilitation to the community very seriously.” says Kara Adams, Director of Patient Outcomes at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “We know that rehabilitation following this type of injury can enhance a patient’s recovery process and minimize disabilities. It has a large effect on the patient’s ongoing quality of life.”

At New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a multi-disciplinary team provides treatments that include physical, speech and occupational therapy; dysphagia management; brain injury education; neuropsychology counseling; home evaluations; caregiver training; home health services; community reintegration; and more.

“The physical, cognitive, and psychological effects of brain injuries vary, so early treatment is important in recovery,” says Dr. Maria Lomba, Medical Director of New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “Treatment can help with immediate needs like eating and swallowing issues, while meeting long-term needs as well. Long-term needs can include memory, problem-solving, motor skill, social and behavioral issues. We want to help our patients reach the highest level of independence and productivity so they can go home and return to as normal of a life as possible.”

Lomba says that an important part of treatment for all brain injury patients is community reintegration. This is where patients are put in real-life situations under the guidance of healthcare professionals so they can learn to successfully navigate everyday situations and be prepared when they are on their own.

When Cobb was a patient at the hospital, a large part of her community reintegration treatment focused on activities to prepare for her daughter’s wedding.

“I didn’t want to miss out on these events that were important to my daughter,” she says. “I went to the jewelry store with Renay to get her ring cleaned before the wedding, and we had our nails done together. I practiced standing and walking, and even tried a bit of dancing.”

In addition to wedding-related activities, the hospital staff also took Cobb to a grocery store as part of her community reintegration. There, she shopped from a list to practice for when she returned home. Before she was discharged, the staff also evaluated her house to ensure her safety.

“Living with a brain injury can be a life changing event for survivors and their family members,” Lomba says. “That’s why we’ve gone the extra mile to earn The Joint Commission’s certification and provide better outcomes for our patients. We want to offer hope and quality of life to our community members who have experienced brain injuries. For many, it’s their only chance at returning back to families, friends and daily routines.”

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If you have a heart, we need you!

Join us at the New Braunfels Heart and Stroke Walk at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 6 at Landa Park.

The event includes a family and pet-friendly 3.1 mile walk and 1-mile miracle walk. Proceeds from the event will support cardiovascular programs right here in our own community.

Click here for more information and to register!

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New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Provides Nationally Recognized Care to Community for 5th Year in Row

For the 5th year in a row, New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“This means that in the New Braunfels area, we’re providing the highest level of rehabilitative care available anywhere in the United States right now,” says Jessie Smedley, CEO of New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “Patients and their families don’t have to leave the area to receive the latest in technology and clinical protocols – we’re providing it here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“This national ranking speaks highly of the commitment and dedication of our employees and medical staff,” Smedley says. “Our staff is passionate about helping patients return home at their highest possible levels of productivity and independence. And for anyone who has ever as had a family member or friend needing healthcare, that matters. We consider it a privilege to be able to provide this higher standard of care to our community.”

New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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2016 Passionate Patient Caregivers of the Year

Since 2016 is coming to a close we would like to share our New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Passionate Patient Caregivers of the Year with you!

James Rodriguez, Physical Therapist and Leslie Schmidt, Patient Care Technician, received this award for receiving the largest amount of positive reviews from patients and family members as well as the most votes from staff members. This means they are seen as outstanding clinicians as well as co-workers.

Below are reviews that patients voluntarily wrote on comment cards about James and Leslie:

One patient said about James:
“This is my second time here and I requested to have James again. He knows exactly what I needed. He always gave me encouragement to strive to do just a little bit more. I’m so grateful to James for his kind attitude towards me and his other patients.”

One Patient said about Leslie:
“She made my brother’s stay here much more productive with her positive, upbeat personality.”

In the featured interviews James and Leslie share with us a little more about their work, their personal life, and what they love about New Braunfels, Texas. Read below to learn more about what makes these two the passionate, patient caregivers that they are today.

Name: James Rodriguez

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Your Work:

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?

“I am a Physical Therapist and I assist patients with regaining their independence with functional mobility (i.e. bed mobility, transfers, wheelchair mobility, and walking). I have been working with NBRRH since May 2015.”

What events lead you to where you are today at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I was initially introduced to PT following my father’s stroke in 2000. I was impressed with how the physical, speech and occupational therapists helped with his recovery. I was a clinical student with NBRRH while a student at Texas State University and was hired full-time after graduation in May 2015.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?

“There are so many moments that have stood out to me while working here. They vary from seeing a patient progress from being wheelchair bound to walking without a cane/walker, to seeing someone return to work.”

What do you most love about the work you do?

“I enjoy the interaction with patients, family, and team members. My favorite thing is building a relationship with the patients. Most of the patients that we see have experienced a life changing event and I feel that the personal relationship is just as important as the patient/therapist relationship.”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I hope to assist patients and their families to achieve their goals. I hope that I can be a positive influence on all those around me: patients, families, and co-workers.”

Personal:

Can you tell us a little about your family: spouse, kids, parents, siblings, pets, etc?

“I am married to my wife, Alyssa. We got married in 2009 after our freshman year of college and then both attended Texas State University and graduated in May 2012. I then was accepted to PT school at Texas State and began the program that summer. I have two dogs: Bo and Georgia. I have an older sister and brother. My brother is an occupational therapist. Both my wife’s family and my family live in San Antonio. We visit them all the time.”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work (what are your favorite hobbies or past-times?)

“I enjoy everything about sports, both professional and college. If I’m not watching a sporting event, you would find me running throughout my neighborhood. We are Greenbay Packers fans and are even shareholders. My wife and I enjoy every sporting event. We’ve been to three NFL games and countless NBA and MLB games.”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I’ve always had an interest in mathematics and science. I would want to learn to be a mathematician or a physicist. I read up on physics in my free-time.”

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

“I would thank both my parents for raising me and being such a positive influence throughout my life. They have taught me perseverance, compassion, and responsibility.”

New Braunfels/Community:

What is your favorite thing about New Braunfels: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc?

“I like all the water areas and parks dispersed throughout New Braunfels. I look forward to spending more time at them with my family. We love to eat out and try new restaurants. We frequent Gruene Texas, and we love the proximity to the two large cities on opposite directions; Austin and San Antonio.”

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of New Braunfels (and its surrounding areas)?

“I admire the German Culture and how the heritage is carried throughout the town.”

If you could tell people one thing about New Braunfels, what would it be?

“A pork chop on a stick is a must when going to Wurstfest.”


Name: Leslie Schmidt

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Your Work:

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?

“I have been a Patient Care Technician (PCT) for five years, and my work involves taking care of patient’s daily and hourly needs.”

What events lead you to where you are today at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I have always enjoyed working in healthcare and taking care of people.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?

“The staff is what stands out. There are so many passionate people that work for New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital it is hard to choose a specific moment.”

What do you most love about the work you do?

“I love seeing the progress that our patients make from the day they come to the facility to the day they leave.”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I want them to know that if they work hard, anything is possible and that I am there for them every step of the way.”

Personal:

Can you tell us a little about your family: spouse, kids, parents, siblings, pets, etc.?

“I have a daughter who is 25 and a son who is 21. I’m also a dog mom to 4 Chihuahuas! As for the rest of my family, I have many siblings and a large extended family.”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work (what are your favorite hobbies or past-times?)

“Spending time with my kids and family”

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

“My kids- they have helped me to be who I am today.”

New Braunfels/Community:

What is your favorite thing about New Braunfels: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc.?

“I love the river in New Braunfels. My favorite thing to do is go to the river with friends and family, and just enjoy the day.”

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