When it comes to environmental conservation and the Opal Creek Wilderness, George Atiyeh is a legendary environmentalist. Growing up near the Jawbone Flats, George fought back against the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to log the old growth forest of Opal Creek Wilderness. His efforts changed Oregon’s environmental movement resulting in the timber wars. In 1996, George’s efforts were observed when U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield passed legislation protecting Opal Creek Wilderness.
George Atiyeh attended Progressive Rehabilitation Associates’ Comprehensive Brain Injury Program (formerly the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center). After going through the extensive program, George and his wife reflect on his recovery in a recent episode of OPB’s Think Out Loud.
“George didn’t start remembering things until about a year and a half after the accident when he was already in outpatient therapy”
- Hilary Atiyeh
At age 72, George’s life was taken in the Beachy Creek Fire. Remains were recovered at Atiyeh’s property and confirmed by family on Facebook. The fires devastated the land George fought to protect. George’s efforts led to protecting the 13,500-acre Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area and 21,000-acre Opal Creek Wilderness Area. His daughter said in an interview with OregonLive, donations in his honor can be made to the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.
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Progressive Rehabilitation Associates: A founding member of the Foundation to Advance Brain Rehabilitation (FABR)
Progressive Rehabilitation Associates (Portland, OR Metro) partners with other National Brain Injury Providers to Establish a Data Consortium to Demonstrate the Value of Post-Acute Rehabilitation
.A select group of leading brain injury rehabilitation organizations from across the United States have announced a unique, one-of-a-kind alliance to improve outcomes in the rehabilitation field. Six organizations – Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, Learning Services, On With Life, Pate Rehabilitation, ReMed and Shepherd Center – have partnered to create the Foundation to Advance Brain Rehabilitation (FABR). The partnership allows the six organizations to aggregate outcome data to launch the only known national collaborative database in the United States that captures the impact of brain injury rehabilitation following the acute care setting.
The six FABR organizations represent 12 US states and comprehensively offer a continuum of post-acute neuro- rehabilitation and neuro-behavioral programs in various settings, including residential, inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, and home and community-based. FABR will utilize outcome data to research and demonstrate the value of post-acute brain injury rehabilitation within this continuum of services.
“Progressive Rehabilitation Associates is excited about participating in a large national initiative that can provide support to programs across the country. The sharing of outcome data will further enhance rehab clinicians’ knowledge base regarding what works for optimal success for clients,” comments Dr. Gregory Smith CEO of Progressive Rehabilitation Associates of the Portland Area.
“The potential impact of improving quality of life, return to work, and community participation of post-inpatient brain injury rehabilitation has increased dramatically in the last 20 years as inpatient rehabilitation stays following acquired brain injury (ABI) have decreased from months to weeks,” shares Dr. James Malec, chief scientific officer for FABR and senior research professor emeritus at the Indiana University School of Medicine. “The power of the FABR data and research is that it will help providers and the entire brain injury field understand best practices and demonstrate the effectiveness of post-acute rehabilitation.”
Beginning in June 2020, outcome data from each FABR organization was submitted to OutcomeInfo, a national web-based database system developed through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The initial data set will include de-identified patient demographic information and Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI-4) scores throughout the rehabilitation continuum.
In addition to identifying best practices in post-acute rehabilitation, a key goal in forming the FABR alliance is to justify care interventions and demonstrate a clear and measurable benefit for those interventions. This information can then be used by providers, patients and caregivers to advocate for appropriate access, benefit coverage, intensity and duration of rehabilitation services to achieve desired outcomes.
“Demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of specialized rehabilitation can be especially challenging for post-acute care providers,” shares Michael Choo, MD, chief medical officer for Paradigm and FABR’s medical consultative partner. “Rehabilitation benefits typically occur incrementally over the care continuum and the industry would benefit greatly by collaborating together to validate evidence-based minimum effective dose recommendations for many existing care interventions. The impact FABR can have in this area has life-changing potential for patients as well as providing guidance to both payers and policymakers.”
The six founding FABR organizations will remain as independent organizations but have formed a single non- profit entity to protect the confidentiality, aggregation and use of patient data. Founding members plan to add additional FABR organizations after the initial formative year.
Further information, including inquiries on how to become a part of the FABR work, contact Gregory Smith, PhD at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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