Glen Cove to Open Brain Injury Unit

Fox 5 News
February 22, 2013
Glen Cove to Open Brain Injury Unit

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Star Pupil Cuts Ribbon for Glen Cove Hospital Brain Injury Unit
February 23, 2013
by RIDGELY OCHS 

 
Zachary Young is going to law school.

That fact still amazes his parents, Audrey and Jack Young of Plainview.

Home on winter break from Binghamton University where he was a senior, he had suffered cardiac arrest, which caused him to lose vital oxygen to his brain. When he emerged from a coma, he had trouble speaking and writing, his memory was affected, and he struggled to walk because of muscle problems in his right foot.

Friday, the 23-year-old was the smiling ribbon cutter at a new $4-million inpatient brain injury unit at Glen Cove Hospital, where he had spent three weeks last January working on his speech, memory and motor skills.

The 10,000-square-foot inpatient unit with 10 beds is the only state designated hospital-based brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County, according to the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

In Suffolk County, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson also offer brain injury rehabilitation.

Dr. Adam Stein, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at North Shore-LIJ, said that having the Glen Cove unit would help families in Nassau, who need to be close to their brain-injured loved ones as they go through rehab.

Having specialized therapists is also critical, he said. "You need to have people who are skilled in dealing with potential complications," he said.

Young said the nurses and therapists at Glen Cove "treated me less as a patient and more as a person, which really helped me."

They even helped him study for the law school admission test, he said.

Now, he's graduated from college, back to running, interning at a public defender's office and trying to choose which of several law schools to go to.

Asked whether he thought he had regained all of his mental function, he said, "Actually I think it's a little better because I have been working on it."

His mother called him "their miracle." His father said he was told only a tiny percent of people who suffered Zachary's level of brain injury survive and even fewer recover full function.

"We say say all the time we don't play the lottery but we already won," he said.

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Crain’s Health Pulse
February 25, 2013
Brain Injury Unit for Glen Cove

On Feb. 21, Glen Cove Hospital opened a $4 million, 10,000-square-foot brain injury unit, the only such state-designated hospital-based unit in Nassau County. The new center has 10 beds, eight of them in single rooms, and will accommodate patients age 17 and older. The facility will offer treatment and rehabilitation for neurological conditions ranging from traumatic brain injury to cancer, stroke and other ailments that require therapy. The center is designed to help patients make a transition from acute care to therapy, with the goal of returning home.

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