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Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Welcomes New CEO

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital welcomes Brenda Simon as CEO

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to announce Brenda Simon, OTR/L, CLT as Chief Executive Officer.

Brenda comes from within the Ernest Health family and will be relocating from Long Beach, California to Northern Colorado.

Brenda brings more than 20 years of experience and leadership in the healthcare field, specifically Occupational Therapy and administration.  She graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Brenda will be transitioning from five years in the role as National Director of Therapy Operations to CEO with ease.

Brenda’s passion for providing the highest quality and most compassionate care is unsurpassed.  She has advanced specialized training and is an educator to others on the specific therapies for those persons with neurological disease or injury.

“Joining a hospital consistently awarded for their excellence in care of patients with neurologic injuries is a dream come true” says Brenda.  Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital is recognized as a Stroke Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission which regulates all hospitals nation-wide.

Because Brenda has a background in many healthcare settings including in-home, acute rehabilitation, long term acute care and outpatient rehabilitation, she will fit perfectly in Johnstown.  Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital has outpatient therapy services available and sits on the same campus with Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital.  Three services delivered on one campus.

Brenda is an avid skier, hiker and dedicated runner.  She is ecstatic to be able to enjoy all beautiful Colorado has to offer.

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Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Stroke Recognition

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Stroke Recognition from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital recently was the first rehabilitation hospital in Colorado to be awarded the Stroke Rehabilitation Recognition by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).

The Emergency Medical Trauma Services Branch of the CDPHE recognizes facilities with STEMI or stroke accreditation from national accrediting bodies. Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and has earned the organization’s disease-specific certification in Stroke Rehabilitation.

“We’re passionate about patient care and consider it a privilege to provide a higher standard of service in stroke rehabilitation to patients throughout Colorado,” says Beth Bullard, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital.

The CDPHE has made the hospital’s information public on its Stroke Recognition Map. The map can be accessed through the Colorado Stroke and Heart Attack Center Recognition web page at www.Colorado.gov.

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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 12th 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 Beth Bullard, CEO of Northern Colorado 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.”

Northern Colorado 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. Revelyn Arrogante, Medical Director of Northern Colorado 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,” Arrogante says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, Mountain Valley 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,” Arrogante says.

Northern Colorado 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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Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Provides Nationally Recognized Care to Community for 11th Year in Row

For the 11th year in a row, Northern Colorado 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 Northern Colorado area, we’re providing the highest level of rehabilitative care available anywhere in the United States,” says Elizabeth Bullard, CEO of Northern Colorado 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,” Bullard says. “Our staff is passionate about helping patients return home at their highest possible level 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.”

Northern Colorado 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 multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

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