Congress Report Urges Care of Wounded Warriors

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PATERSON, NJ [March 12, 2009]- On Wednesday, March 12th, a team from St. Joseph's, led by William McDonald, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, traveled to Washington, DC to present the innovative care directives to benefit our wounded warriors that were developed during the International Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

At the request of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, home to the St. Joseph's Neuroscience Institute, hosted the International Conference in October 2008, bringing together more than 100 world-renowned neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, and health care professionals from around the globe to share cutting edge research and knowledge about PTSD and TBI.


Carl Valenziano, MD, Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Anthony D'Ambrosio, MD, Chief, Adult Neurosurgery, and Clinical Director, Neuroscience Institute, and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Co-Chair, CBITF, were among the briefing speakers present when the official recommendations were presented by Bill McDonald. Experts in the field of TBI, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychological health called for the United States Congress and the Department of Defense to accelerate programs and treatments to provide our troops and their families with the best health care and support services available.


Among the recommendations outlined in the report are to: provide wounded warriors with care equal to that offered by the private sector; develop health-centric tools for warriors; establish scientifically-valid standards of care to facilitate efficient recovery; disseminate TBI and PTSD research for the common good and develop partnerships in research and treatment to benefit warriors, their families and society in organizations, and programs that will coordinate and disseminate resources, information, referral contacts, and support, with aggressive outreach to rural areas and underserved populations who find it difficult to get the care they need after returning home.


Additionally, a second team, led by Dr. D'Ambrosio and Dr. Valenziano, participated in 'Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill' on March 25th. The purpose of this event was to give non-profit organizations the opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staffers on the efforts each organization is taking towards promoting brain injury awareness. The St. Joseph's team was able to share, not only the successes of the International Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury held at the Regional Medical Center in October 2008, but also the ongoing strides being taken by all those in The Neuroscience Institute. Our goal is to continue making a difference in restoring lives while we continue to advance neuroscience care.

For more information please visit, www.stjosephshealth.org/TBI.


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