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Letter From Our President
Neurorehabilitation is a cornerstone of virtually everything we do at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Founded in 1937 as the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, Kennedy Krieger is an international resource with a strong tradition of providing comprehensive rehabilitative services for children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. We offer a full continuum of programs, from inpatient and outpatient to day treatment and home care services, to help our patients achieve optimal outcomes throughout the entire course of care and their lives.
In this issue of Potential, we are pleased to showcase some of our leading rehabilitation programs. We bring you the story of Jack, a two-year-old with transverse myelitis, who is receiving world-class care in our new outpatient facility. The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury gave Jack and his family hope when others just gave him limitations.
You’ll learn about Amy, who underwent surgery to have a brain tumor removed only to face a rare syndrome that created further barriers to recovery. Our Brain Injury Program applied its more than 30 years of knowledge and experience to develop innovative and proven approaches to ensure Amy’s successful rehabilitation.
Finally, we’re pleased to announce the opening of our new Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders, which is led by Dr. Kathryn Wagner, who joined our team this summer. Lilleen and her son Collin, who have facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, recently made their first visit to the Center. They found at the Institute an unparalleled sense of hope and dedication.
It is stories like these that inspire us every day, and I hope that you will be equally as touched by them.
Gary W. Goldstein, MD