Specialty Hospital for Brain Injuries Opens in Tulsa

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NeuroRestorative Specialty Centers has opened what it calls the state's first licensed specialty hospital dedicated to post-acute brain injury treatment.

The North Little Rock, Ark., firm said the 18-bed Tulsa facility, called Oklahoma NeuroSpecialty, will serve as a regional treatment center for the Sooner State and neighboring areas.

It serves a small but growing market.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 1.5 million U.S. residents sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. John Sassin, chief executive of Comprehensive Community Rehab Services in Tulsa, expects those numbers to rise as more war veterans return to civilian life.

"This has been getting a lot more attention," he said, even as treatment options gradually declined in the general hospital community. "Their population has been growing immensely, and we expect it to continue to grow immensely over the next few years."

Whether mild or severe, such injuries require specialized treatment involving both a variety of therapy levels as well as community-based non-medical services, according to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Under Medical Director Perri Craven, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Oklahoma NeuroSpecialty provides comprehensive rehab and behavioral services. Its clinical team ranges from speech language pathology, neuropsychology and behavioral analysis to physical and occupational therapy, social work and case management. …