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Better Together! Cross Country Collaborations and Lessons Learned in the Development of a Spinal Cord Injury Program in a New Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

1Perera M, 2McClure I
1California Rehabilitation Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 2Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ, USA

Health care startups and initiatives have increased over the last several years, as evidenced by the number of venture funding deals, which grew approximately 200% between 2010 and 2014 (Stethoscope, 2014). This is driven by federal and local health care reforms that are changing business models, an aging population that's demanding more for their money and the development of technology, such as telehealth, into the medical mainstream. However, not all are successful and when working with a highly specialized population, such as spinal cord injury (SCI), the requirements, both professionally and financially can be much higher.

Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Health joined forces with Select Medical to form California Rehabilitation Institute. California Rehabilitation Institute is the first rehabilitation center of its kind on the west coast with 138 private rooms, located in Century City, California. California Rehabilitation Institute opened its doors on July 21, 2016 and has been steadily increasing its census throughout the past year and is slated to have programs in SCI, brain injury, and stroke. This presentation will delve into the triumphs and challenges that make for a successful SCI program as well as the identification of key stakeholders. Additionally, it will discuss and identify gaps, barriers, and strategies to ultimately yield improved patient outcomes. The goal is to share with others anecdotal stories and functional outcomes through an interactive dialogue and use this as a mechanism to re-vitalize and improve existing programs. Lastly, an interactive survey to encourage professional dialogue will be solicited to garner feedback and suggestions for continuous improvement and collaboration.


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