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Donors Fund State-of-the Art Brain Injury Rooms

Providing simple wins with everyday therapies in a healing environment is essential to progress.

Thanks to the generosity of 2014 Jim Thorpe Courage Award Gala donors, 
brain injury patients will experience a transformed environment moving 
forward. Gala funding provided renovated, state-of-the art brain injury 
rooms that care now accelerating tremendous gains for patients at the Jim
Thorpe located at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

These cutting-edge brain injury rooms better control stimulation to provide color
contrasts for vision deficits, provide increased safety and ensure family comfort. To
provide this extra orientation, no room detail was too small. Windows were outfitted
with black out and standard shades to provide various lighting offerings helping to
control stimulation, and high contrast colors on floors and bathrooms now assist
patients with sight and depth perception challenges. Investing in this type of
progressive amenities have helped control sensory impairments giving patients the
best technology has to offer their healing.

For a traumatic brain injury patient (TBI), helping the brain to rewire and heal is a
journey in patience and wins achieved through baby steps.

"With brain injury, the road to recovery is truly a lifelong journey," say 
Karen Bryan, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital brain injury program 
manager. "Quite simply, the brain has been critically hurt, and it needs 
time to rest and heal. Over-stimulation impedes recovery."

Thanks to the many generous donors who contributed more than $200,000 during
the evening's Passion Challenge, these six renovated rooms will continue to
provide healing and hope to brain injury patients and their families.

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