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Competition at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games starts today, providing vital physical and mental rehabilitation opportunities for athletes
More than 600 military Veterans from across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Great Britain are in Louisville this week to compete in the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games through July 16. The Wheelchair Games are co-presented each year by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. For many injured Veterans, the Wheelchair Games provide their first exposure to wheelchair athletics.
"Every year, our members look forward to this event for the adaptive sports competition and the chance to reconnect with peers," said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force Veteran and national president of PVA, who himself will compete this week.
"The PVA mission is to ensure Veterans with disabilities have the same life ex
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$2.8 Million Grant To Fund Nurse Practitioner Students At Binghamton University
Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing received a $2.8 million grant in July from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program to provide financial support for graduate nursing students. HRSA’s goal in funding the grant is to increase the number of advanced-practice nurses trained as primary-care providers in rural and underserved areas.
The Decker School received $1.2 million from HRSA in 2017 and launched its ANEW Scholars Program, which supports students in Decker’s Family Nurse Practitioner program who are from rural areas and wish to practice in those underserved areas once they are credentialed. The previous grant funded two cohorts of students, including 15 students who graduated in May.
“We understand how difficult it is to recruit healthcare providers to rural areas,” said Nicole Rouhana, who co-wrote bo
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Danbury Hospital’s Most Vulnerable Patients Are Getting Healing Hugs
Hugs matter. And for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), hugs can change their lives. With the goal of delivering the highest quality care to every NICU baby, Danbury Hospital launched Healing Hugs, a new service where trained volunteer cuddlers provide comfort to babies in the Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
These are the words on the wall in the Dr. Seuss-themed hallway outside Danbury Hospital’s NICU. The colorful and uplifting hallway leads into a bright and welcoming NICU where the smallest and sickest babies are provided lifesaving care. Danbury Hospital is one of only a few in Connecticut that has a Level IIIB NICU. Neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day to care for very small or very sick babies.
A NICU baby has a different newborn experience than a baby tha
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Cedars-Sinai Grants Address Homelessness And Other Critical Needs
Cedars-Sinai is deepening its commitment to the health and wellbeing of underserved populations in Los Angeles County by significantly increasing its financial support for safety-net organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness and others who are vulnerable.
The institution is contributing $15 million to 108 nonprofit programs and organizations that foster housing stability, provide sustainable programs for homeless residents and build clinical and financial capacity at community clinics. The grants, announced this month, also will support mental health training, services for LGBTQ+ and veterans' groups, as well as a range of social services provided by several Jewish organizations.
Cedars-Sinai contributed $5.9 million last year to safety-net organizations in the Los Angeles region.
The effort to address homelessness and housing stability comes at a critical time for th