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MossRehab Institute for Brain Health (MRIBH)

MossRehab Institute for Brain Health (MRIBH)

MRIBH is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of persistent symptoms associated with post concussive and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans and first responders.

Treating Brain Trauma Sustained in the Line of Duty

This comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical program will provide multi-disciplinary care to those service members and first responders experiencing mild-to-moderate TBI or concussions.

Based on the national cognitive and mental wellness model launched by the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH), MRIBH is a community-based clinical outreach program that addresses the brain health issues associated with head trauma that vets and first responders may face from service in demanding traumatic situations.

MRIBH is backed by the long-term experience and established practices of MossRehab in managing patients with TBIs and the transformative research of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. MossRehab is one of only 16 federally funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems of Care in the U.S., making it a center of excellence in the research and clinical care of TBI.

Why MRIBH?

Highly Specialized Care for "Invisible Wounds" Traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress affect nearly 1 out of every 3 military personnel deployed to war zones since 2001. An estimated 30% of our nation's first responders also experience symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress.

Though dubbed “invisible wounds,” the changes in psychological health that accompany these conditions have a variety of manifestations, such as depression, anxiety, suicide, and substance abuse, impacting not just the Veterans and First Responders themselves, but their families as well.

MRIBH is uniquely positioned to utilize MossRehab’s foundation of strength in clinical care along with innovative research component offered by MRRI to expand and utilize the integrated care models pioneered by the Marcus Institute for Brain Health to provide individualized plans of clinical care for service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

How We Help

MRIBH will provide services in two phases: evaluation and intervention.

During an evaluation, individuals interested in receiving care are assessed through tests and interviews for three to five days to determine if their main concern is treatable. A team of program directors, veteran coordinators, therapists, and nursing and physician staff work to determine a candidate's eligibility.

During the intervention phase, those accepted into the program are offered personalized treatment as part of a three-week program. Interventions might be cognitive, physical, emotional and/or psychosocial. Family members attend at the end of the program so that they can learn how to provide support at home.

Based on patient needs, team clinicians may include:

  • physician who is a rehabilitation specialist in traumatic brain injury and experienced with military veterans
  • physiotherapist who understands TBIs and the consequences of concussion
  • psychologist and neuropsychiatrist who provide emotional support
  • therapists of different disciplines (physical, occupational, recreational, etc.).

Administrative staff will direct programs and coordinate travel for individuals while a nurse monitors their health throughout the program.

For caregivers and family members, the MRIBH will offer education regarding the effects of traumatic brain injury, provide access to available resources, and provide guidance needed to support their loved one while taking care of themselves as well.

The program will begin seeing patients at our Elkins Park campus in July 2022. In September, the program will move to its stand-alone home at The Station at Willow Grove. In the first-year service ramp up, 60 Veterans and First Responders will receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Over the first five years, the program is anticipating serving over 1,000 individuals.

Marcus Institute for Brain Health

The Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) was started by philanthropist Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder of The Home Depot, and Chairman of The Marcus Foundation. The Marcus Foundation is a leader in Veterans' philanthropy focused on serving Veterans struggling from the invisible wounds of war.

The MIBH provides specialty care for military Veterans, First Responders, and retired athletes struggling with mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injuries (including concussion) and changes in psychological health. Patients at the MIBH are treated as a person first. Veterans of any discharge status are considered for admission.

This intensive, outpatient program combines the best tools in traditional rehabilitation with complementary medicines modeled after to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.   

Learn more about MIBH.

To contact MRIBH about admission or referrals, please reach out to Kate O'Rourke at Kate.ORourke@jefferson.edu  or 215-663-6489.

Follow @MossRehabIBH on all social platforms for updates and news.

To learn more about supporting this program philanthropically, please contact Rejoice Jula, Philanthropy Officer, at (215) 663-6138 or Rejoice.Jula@jefferson.edu.

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