Hospital Contracts To Serve Military Personnel

July 13, 2007

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has been designated as an approved provider of specialty physical rehabilitation services for military personnel. The rehabilitation hospital has been selected by Health Net Federal Services, the managed care program contracted by TRICARE, the provider of healthcare services to U.S. service personnel.

The designation will enable Helen Hayes Hospital to care for military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those with brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and other disorders. The hospital will also be able to offer treatment to all veterans and retired service personnel requiring rehabilitation care.

“As a national leader in physical rehabilitation, we are truly honored to be able to offer our services and comprehensive expertise in rehabilitation to the members of our military so they may make the fullest possible recovery from their injuries,” states Magdalena Ramirez, Helen Hayes Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our experienced rehabilitation teams will provide the medical and nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy services these men and women need to regain their mobility and independence.”

Founded in 1900 as one of the country’s first free-standing public rehabilitation hospitals, Helen Hayes is the largest and most comprehensive physical rehabilitation facility in New York State. The combination of a highly skilled staff, the latest technology and a comprehensive continuum of services make the hospital ideally situated to care for the polytraumatic needs of returning military personnel. Located on a beautiful campus overlooking the Hudson River, within 30 minutes of West Point, the hospital is also situated in a region with a long military history and a large population of military personnel.

“We are particularly proud of our traumatic brain injury program, which could benefit many soldiers,” states Dr. Glenn Seliger, director of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation services. “ From coma recovery to intensive acute rehabilitation care, to outpatient therapy, a transitional rehabilitation service and support groups and follow-up day programs, we have been very successful in restoring cognitive, vocational, social and physical skills to our patients with brain injury.”

Along with the traumatic brain injury program, Helen Hayes Hospital is also widely acclaimed for rehabilitation services for spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke and other disabling conditions. The hospital is owned and operated by the New York State Department of Health and is affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System.