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Back to School Warrants Caution for Concussions in Student Athletes

As students return to school, many also resume sports programs this fall. While most agree that athletics is great exercise and builds teamwork, there is an increase in sports-related concussions in student athletes. The increase in these injuries is not gender-specific.

“Which NCAA sport has the highest concussion rate? If you said ‘football,’ you’d be wrong. The college sport that carries the highest risk of concussion is women’s ice hockey… In every sport played by both girls and boys—basketball, soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse—girls’ risk of concussion is significantly higher than the risk for boys.”*

Mentis Neuro Health recognizes the health concerns across genders and age groups for anyone facing a concussion. What’s more is that individuals who have suffered one concussion are likely to experience more severe, longer lasting symptoms with subsequent concussions and may even develop Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).**

It’s critical that parents, coaches and fellow athletes recognize the signs of concussions (see the infographic in this blog post for details) and seek medical attention when these symptoms persist.

“A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.” –Brain Injury Association of America**

Sports is certainly not the only cause of traumatic brain injuries in adolescents. Other causes may include assault, motor vehicle accidents, aneurysm rupture, stroke, brain tumors and more. Regardless of the cause, individuals with such brain injuries may experience mild or severe symptoms, and symptoms that persist or worsen are reason for attention. For some, concussions may require more care after a patient is released from the hospital to regain full functional and cognitive abilities. As with any illness, medical attention is key.

* Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls.” (New York: Basic Books, 2010). 168.

** “Concussion and CTE” fact sheet. Brain Injury Facts, Brain Injury Association of America, http://www.biausa.org/concussion/cte-pcs-fact-sheet.pdf. Virginia.

By |2017-10-02T07:41:26+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Concussion, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury|

Patients Help with Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Late August – early September 2017 marked the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on the south Texas coast. The city of Houston and many of our Mentis family members were severely impacted by this storm. People and organizations from across the country came to the aid of Texas. In fact, the patients of the Mentis Austin Day Program expressed the desire to help the people of Houston. Our therapists had also been voicing their desire to help, so they worked with our patients on this project without losing sight of why our patients are at the Austin Day Program. Some patients went shopping for items, allowing them to work on such skills as money management, scanning and memory. Other patients focused on fine motor group work and assembled care packages. Our patients then ventured out on a Community Outing with the therapists and delivered the packages to Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN).

This recent event is a good reminder that Mentis wants the best for our patients. When we work together as a team, we can achieve greatness even in difficult times and uncertainty.

Best wishes for our Mentis Houston family during this difficult time.

Austin Sheffield
Program Director
Mentis Austin

By |2017-09-18T07:06:35+00:00September 15th, 2017|News|

A Leading Texas Rehabilitation Company Advances Healthcare in Cincinnati

Mentis Neuro Health, experts in traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation, launches new outpatient day program

Cincinnati, OH — August 29, 2017 — Mentis Neuro Health, headquartered in Houston, TX. and a leader in post-acute rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries (ABI), announced today that it is launching a new outpatient treatment facility in Cincinnati. The new facility will be located at 10101 Alliance Road, Suite 120 in Blue Ash, OH. and officially opens on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

When asked why the Company was expanding into Cincinnati, Jerome Mee, an Ohio native and Chief Executive Officer of Mentis Neuro Health said, “My home state of Ohio welcomed Mentis several years ago when we opened our inpatient rehabilitation facility in Stow. I am proud to further our mission of providing excellence in individualized care to patients and their families across southern Ohio.”

Mentis Neuro Health is the largest provider of post-acute rehabilitation healthcare in Texas. The Company is also launching another outpatient day program facility in Cleveland in the coming weeks.

For more information about Mentis Neuro Health, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke, please visit MentisNeuro.com or contact the Company’s communications department at bnorth@mentisneuro.com.

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By |2017-09-05T09:53:31+00:00August 29th, 2017|News|

“Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access” in Patient Engagement HIT, May 23, 2017

Mentis’ Chief Technology Officer Morgan Porter discusses how “onboarding automation improved patient specialty care access by 21 percent.

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By |2017-08-03T13:34:36+00:00May 26th, 2017|News|

Mentis Neuro Health receives ‘Best Achievement in Digital Transformation’ award.

Mentis Neuro Health was recognized on March 23 at the 2017 Business Transformation and Operational Excellence Awards (BTOEs) for ‘Best Achievement in Digital Transformation’.

Specialist rehabilitation experts Mentis Neuro Health triumphed in this award category due to the outstanding results achieved in transforming the patient onboarding process, reducing the end-to-end process by 90% in just 90 days by digitizing complex business rules based on specialist medical knowledge. As a by-product, this achievement in improving the efficiency of patient care has led to a 21% increase in patients choosing Mentis Neuro Health over competitors.”

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By |2017-08-03T13:35:33+00:00May 10th, 2017|News|

CORE Health Care is now part of the Mentis Neuro Health family!

For Immediate Release

Mentis Takes First Step in Planned Service Expansion with the Acquisition of CORE Health Care

Bellaire, Texas – May 2, 2016 – Mentis Neuro Health is pleased to announce the acquisition of CORE Health Care. This addition is a significant first step in the company’s plans to strategically expand beyond post-acute rehabilitation into other lines of neuro patient care. CORE’s combination of comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, day programs, outpatient rehabilitation and therapy services perfectly align with Mentis’ plan to broaden its service offering and improve the quality and sustainability of care it provides to those affected by acquired brain injury.

“We are excited to have the resources of CORE Health Care under the Mentis Neuro Health umbrella,” stated Jerome Mee, Chief Executive Officer for Mentis. “The expansion of our services is instrumental to our ability to better serve and care for patients with long-term needs. We want to enhance our expertise with those who share our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care possible. We found that in CORE.”

“The CORE team is thrilled to be part of the Mentis Neuro Health family,” noted Eric Makowski, former Co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of CORE Health Care and current Vice President of Advocacy Affairs and Business Development for Mentis. “Since its inception in 1983, CORE has been fueled by the desire to maximize each person’s recovery and independence. I am excited to be working side-by-side with a group that shares this commitment to quality care.”
Mentis’ service and geographic growth plan was the driving force behind the company’s decision to change its name from Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation to Mentis Neuro Health. The name change occurred in April 2016. The integration of the word “health” also reflects Mentis’ company-wide commitment to the life-long well-being of its patients and to positively impact their quality of life.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there currently are 5.3 million people living in the United States with a lifelong disability as a result of traumatic brain injury and another 1.1 million that are disabled due to stroke. Expanding our services so we can address the life-long needs of this population was extremely important to us,” noted Mr. Mee. “Once the decision to increase our capabilities was made, the word ‘rehabilitation’ by itself no longer fit the broader spectrum of care Mentis plans to provide.”

Effective immediately, CORE’s four treatment facilities in Dripping Springs, Texas and its outpatient and day program facility in Austin, Texas will now operate under the name Mentis Neuro Health. These additional facilities complement Mentis’ existing presence, totally 127 beds and more than 463 employees (includes all six facilities and corporate headquarters).

Mentis plans to continue to look for opportunities that support its growth strategy and is exploring both additional acquisitions and the development of new facilities.

“The addition of CORE is the first of what we hope is many strategic acquisitions that strengthen our ability to impact the quality of life of the patients we serve,” Mr. Mee added. “For us, it’s all about the patient at the end of the day and helping the maximum amount of patients possible is our ultimate goal.”

For more information, please visit the Mentis Neuro Health website: www.mentisneuro.com

Contact: Pat O’Reilly, Vice President of Development, Mentis Neuro Health
281.615.6942 or poreilly@mentisneuro.com

About Mentis
Mentis Neuro Health is a leader in the provision of post-acute rehabilitation for persons with an acquired brain injury, addressing the sequelae of mobility, social interaction, communication, employability and re-entry into their homes and communities. The company employs a transdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who draw upon a broad spectrum of innovative rehabilitation programs and processes, as well as additional support services, in the development of personalized treatment plans that improve the quality and sustainability of care provided to each individual patient. The company currently operates six neuro health facilities located in Texas and Ohio, and each facility is specially designed to deliver “Excellence in Individualized Care.”

By |2017-06-26T15:50:08+00:00May 2nd, 2017|News|

Improving Quality of Life for Both Patients and Their Support System Post Brain Injury

A shocking 917,000 Americans are diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Specifically, an ABI is an injury to the brain that happens after birth and could include stroke, tumor, aneurysm, viral encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and anoxia/hypoxia.

Unfortunately, once a brain injury patient is considered stable, many insurance plans will not continue to cover a hospital stay, pushing the patient’s family members to consider —with the physicians—the best course of action. This often means that loved ones assume they can take the patient home and care for him or her there. The extent of care needed can be easily misunderstood, yet many family members feel a great responsibility to take on the caregiver role before all gains can be made in post-acute settings.

“The impact of a brain injury isn’t felt only by the patient. It is felt by the entire support network,” said Laura Wiggs, VP of Clinical Services with Mentis Neuro Health.

“It’s important to have a safe setting to address patients’ and family members’ concerns and create an individualized treatment plan that can help them adjust to a potential, new way of living,” Wiggs added. Mentis prides itself on delivering the highest level of post-acute neurorehabilitation to the patients it serves tailored to re-integrate patients back into their community as successfully as possible.

With services including in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, day treatment and long-term residential care, Mentis customizes treatment plans to individual needs throughout the care continuum.

“We offer a lot of education both to the patient and their support system, which is absolutely critical,” Wiggs explained.

Finding customized treatment that will arm brain injury patients and their families with the tools, techniques and counseling to reintegrate into the community is a key part of the rehabilitative process. However, family members often think once patients are up, walking and talking, that they’re ready to resume activities formerly performed. Many times, the patients even say that they’re eager to return home and get back to work. Taking those steps too quickly can be detrimental for both the patient and the extended family. (See “Returning to Work after a Brain Injury: Fastest Isn’t Always Best” article for common risks.) Cognitive rehabilitation after a patient is released from the hospital often delivers the greatest likelihood for a return to normal life. This care continuum can help both brain injury patients and their loved ones to better understand the physical, cognitive, mental and emotional needs, and put a plan in place for patients to thrive.

With clinics across Texas and in Ohio, Mentis Neuro Health is ready to be an integral part of the recovery process for brain injury patients through meaningful neurological rehabilitation with a careful eye on enhanced quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about the various programs offered at www.MentisNeuro.com.

By |2017-09-05T10:00:38+00:00March 17th, 2017|ABI|

Returning to Work after a Brain Injury: Fastest Isn’t Always Best

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the patient’s return to work can have innumerable paths based on the severity of the injury, but comprehensive evaluations and therapy are critical to success.

“I understand that these folks are eager to get back to work and need that paycheck,” said Laura Wiggs, VP of Clinical Services with Mentis Neuro Health. “The biggest mistake we see is rushing the return to work too early.”

People with a mild TBI have a much better likelihood of returning to work quickly, according to Wiggs. Those with moderate to severe injuries may not be able to go back to work without significant accommodations made by their employers.

Since TBI patients typically have limited responsibilities before a hospital discharge, it can be challenging to understand their full needs at that point. The only demands put on a person with a brain injury while still in the hospital include turning on the TV, eating, getting up to walk and possibly completing some paper tasks, Wiggs said. A patient at this phase can look pretty good so a caregiver often thinks their loved one is ready to move home. “That’s when things often fall apart,” Wiggs said.

Common complaints from people with TBI are struggling to keep up with things, having poor organizational skills, becoming overwhelmed easily, cognitive and/or physical fatigue, overstimulation to noise or activity going on around them and being quick to anger. Wiggs said many struggle with having to do multiple activities at once and even prioritization. “These things are really hard, especially right at first when a person with a brain injury is trying to get back into the swing of things,” Wiggs added.

Once a patient has been discharged from the hospital, Mentis Neuro Health, a leader in the provision of post-acute rehabilitation for persons with an acquired brain injury, begins with evaluations across cognitive abilities, including neuropsychological, speech, occupational, physical and social arenas.

“We guide the treatment specific to each person’s needs with the ultimate goal of returning to work,” Wiggs added.

If a person with a TBI aims to return to a physical job, such as working in a plant with 12-hour shifts and is required to climb a ladder, Mentis Neuro Health prepares the patient to take on the physical responsibilities required by that job. In contrast, preparations for a traditional office employee are needed as they prepare to work long hours in front of a computer, doing data entry. Wiggs refers to this type of counseling as task simulation.

“We’re also working on developing strategies to compensate for possible memory impairments, organizational problems and speech issues,” Wiggs said.

Customized methods that work for each individual are essential. Wiggs clarified that one patient may be able to use a smart phone for a lot of reminders, while another may need to write reminders down and carry an old fashioned, paper-type planner to stay organized and on track. Some of this has to do with learning styles, Wiggs said, but what worked for someone before may not work after a TBI.

Wiggs said that people are always shocked at how tired they are both physically and mentally once they return to work. They may need strategies to overcome the fatigue—from aerobic exercises for muscle strengthening and good sleep techniques to sometimes even taking 15-20 minute breaks during the work day. In some instances, the return to work after a brain injury may only be a part-time role, although a phased approach may get the individual back to work full-time at some point.

With clinics across Texas and in Ohio, Mentis Neuro Health is ready to jumpstart TBI patients’ recovery process with meaningful rehabilitation therapy with a careful eye on the goal of returning to work. Learn more about the various programs offered at http://www.MentisNeuro.com/.

By |2017-10-11T13:19:41+00:00February 26th, 2017|TBI|