From The Chairman

Medicine: an ever-changing practice; a blend of art and science in a continuous state of evolution. But the practice of medicine goes beyond clinical care: it extends to an equally ever-changing environment of policy, regulation, fiscal cognizance, and—in this high-touch world—patient satisfaction.

It is this context that drives us to adapt, re-examining and reinventing the manner in which physical medicine and rehabilitation is delivered; and it is the same context that has ushered in Rusk’s own reinvention and reinvigoration.

In this issue of RUSK, you will read the next installation of how quality patientcentered care is being enhanced by our multiple pristine, state-of-the-art facilities. The spring 2012 relocation of outpatient musculoskeletal rehab to the new, multidisciplinary Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC) was a significant success; our latest achievement has seen our adult outpatient services newly housed in NYU Langone’s Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Rusk’s space in ACC was tailor-made, with cutting-edge equipment and comfortable patient care areas as well as a modern environment in which to house our administration, education and research divisions. The final stage of the transformation will be in 2013, when Rusk’s 34th Street inpatient beds will move into renovated spaces located on 17th Street, in NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases. As you will read here, Rusk’s presence is already strong at 17th Street, with our orthopedic rehab unit taking the lead in discharging patients before noon, an important accomplishment that has improved patient flow and increased therapy services.

At the same time, we continue to nurture the spirit of innovation that drives improvement in outcomes and our understanding of processes underlying recovery from disabling injuries and diseases. This issue explores Rusk’s ongoing pursuit of novel treatment approaches and programs to address the health of the whole person, including our innovative yoga program for lower limb amputees as well as how the power of art and play improves function and quality of life.

Last, research and education remain a significant priority at Rusk, as evidenced by the recent grant funding awarded by the National Institute of Aging for research in functional visuomotor rehab, described herein. Our research efforts will be further detailed in our next issue of RUSK, where you will learn about our very recent influx of grant awards from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for training psychology rehab interns; examining links between prosthetic treatments, devices and support to patient outcomes; and for our TBI Model System of Care—one of only 16 rehabilitation centers in the country to receive such NIDRR funding.

It is a time of change, transition, growth and expansion, and I look forward to sharing more of our progress and news in future issues of RUSK.

Steven R. Flanagan, MD

The Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Medical Director, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

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