Project Overview

The Northwest ABRT Center with Kennedy Krieger Institute (“Center”) will provide a leading spinal cord injury and paralysis neural restoration program that has been successfully spearheaded by John W. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D. at the International Spinal Cord Injury Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Our program is built on the philosophy that with the right combination of therapies recovery is always possible, even many months or years after an injury.

The Center will be one of the first free standing, comprehensive rehabilitation Continuum of Care, to bring an extensive therapy program that provides chronic neuro-rehabilitation in the Northwest.  This Center will be accredited by both CARF(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and JCAHO(Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

Each patient will receive treatment from a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a network of board-certified physicians specializing in spinal cord injury and paralysis treatment. Working collaboratively toward the patient’s goals; the team consists of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dieticians, and other committed professionals. The patient’s family members will also be encouraged to participate in the recovery process through daily and overnight visits, and patient/family conferences.

The goal of the Center is that it will contain a variety of programs and support service spaces that will fulfill a wide range of needs for the suddenly disabled currently unmet by existing regional resources. The size and/or amount of each program and service space is based on the demand for the program or activity, the multi-usefulness of the space, capital costs, and the potential of the program to generate revenue.