GLEN COVE, NY –As part of National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, healthcare experts at Glen Cove Hospital hosted a free event, bringing together brain injury survivors, family members and caregivers, emphasizing brain injury recovery, maintaining good health and sharing community resources.
Held in the hospital’s Brain Injury Unit, the gathering offered visitors and former patients an opportunity to reconnect with hospital staff members and other brain injury survivors. Participants informally met one-on-one with therapists, physicians and other clinicians from the hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program as well as representatives from the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) and the Head Injury Association based in Hauppauge.
During the recognition month, staff members from the Brain Injury Unit also organized a fundraiser, “Wear Blue Jeans for Brain Injury” and a luncheon, which raised $1,088 for the Long Island chapter of BIANYS. Part of the funds will be used to donate bike helmets for children in need.
The hospital also announced its new monthly brain injury support group for brain injury survivors and caregivers starting April 29. “The support group is important for people living with brain injury because they can connect with others so they don’t feel isolated, especially if they are coping with cognitive and mobility issues,” said Gonzalo Vazquez-Casals, PhD, a neuropsychologist of the Brain Injury Unit. “It’s also an opportunity for brain injury survivors and loved ones to learn about new resources and services as well as meet clinicians.”
The hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program treats patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, brain hemorrhage and other conditions. It is the only New York State-designated, hospital-based, adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
For more information about the brain injury support group, please contact Merav deGuzman, certified brain injury specialist and recreational therapy supervisor, at 516-674-7696.