LASCI Hosts Motivational Program for MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute’s SCI Peer Group

In addition to paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of injury, spinal cord injury affects several body systems. The physical and emotional impact is devastating, and the resulting complications demand the intervention of a specialized rehabilitation team.

That’s why the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio’s CARF Accredited Spinal Cord Injury Program offers patients individualized treatment by a team of clinicians specializing in spinal cord injury. After a comprehensive evaluation, the treatment team, patient, and family collaborate to set a realistic treatment plan and goals to return patients to their maximum level of independent functioning.

LASCI founder Bert Burns, a C-6 quadriplegic, visited with the MetroHealth Rehab SCI Peer Support Group on Monday 21, 2012 as part of a free motivational program that we offer to assist people with independence and goal setting after SCI.  UroMed representative Vicki Sizer also attended the event with Bert to help answer questions that participants may have had following the program.

Bert answers questions during the MetroHealth SCI Peer Support Group meeting.

Bert answers questions during the MetroHealth SCI Peer Support Group meeting.

During his presentation, Bert covered many of the topics that he is frequently asked questions on, including:

  • Work/School
  • Dating
  • Sexuality
  • Marriage
  • Children
  • Sports
  • Bladder/Bowel Management

If you’d like to attend one of Bert’s upcoming engagements, please visit our website at  And feel free to contact us to invite Bert to participate in your program.

We're pretty sure Pepsi, the service dog, was more interested in the snack bar than he was in Bert!

We’re pretty sure Pepsi, the service dog, was more interested in the snack bar than he was in Bert!

About MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute
The MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio has a number of programs, support services, and clinics to help patients with spinal cord injuries improve their functional abilities and adjust to a change in lifestyle. They serve patients with all levels and severity of spinal cord injury. Their designated 29-bed SCI/Multiple Trauma Unit is home to a program that treats more than 200 SCI patients annually. To provide continuity of care, patients with spinal cord injury are followed through outpatient services and programs.  Learn more at:

The MetroHealth SCI program offers the following specialized services:

  • Easy Street environment
  • ADL apartment
  • Community re-entry
  • Driver rehabilitation
  • Adaptive equipment/assistive technology training
  • ERGYS – electrical stimulation bicycle ergometer
  • Body-weight support system
  • Computer lab
  • Academic and vocational re-entry
  • Home evaluation
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
  • Spasticity management
  • Wheelchair mobility, seating, and positioning
  • Bowel/bladder management – mrodynamics
  • Sexual dysfunction counseling
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Tendon transfer

Skin care – wound management


UroMed offers free LASCI motivational events like this one at MetroHealth Rehab as a means of giving back to the community that we serve.
UroMed offers free LASCI motivational events like this one at MetroHealth Rehab as a means of giving back to the community that we serve.

The MetroHealth Spinal Cord Injury program interdisciplinary team may consist of all or some of the following:

  • Physiatrists
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Case managers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Rehabilitation psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialists
  • Art therapists
  • Music therapists

Other professionals who may be involved in the program include:

  • Consulting physicians/specialties (i.e. neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pulmonary medicine, infectious disease, urologists, pharmacists)
  • Spiritual/pastoral care providers
  • Respiratory therapists

UroMed Sponsors UC Health’s Drake Center Urology Conference

UC Health hosted a urology conference on May 15th at the Drake Center in Cincinnati, OH, and UroMed was present as a sponsor and participant.

The conference focused on Neurogenic Bladder issues and attendees were eligible to receive 4 nursing contact hours.

The educational topics featured at the conference included:

  • Anatomy of the urinary tract
  • Voiding of the bladder
  • Physiology of erectile function
  • Urinary retention
  • Severe organ dysfunction

UroMed representative Vicki Sizer was available to help answer questions on UroMed’s services and available resources for both clinician and patient education.

UroMed had plenty of information on hand for both clinicians and patients.

UroMed sponsors events like the Drake Center Urology Conference as a means of improving the level of care available to the community we serve.   We focus our community sponsorship efforts on three primary areas:

  • Condition-related associations that focus on education, awareness and support
  • Sports programs for the disabled
  • Leadership and motivational programs for disabled youth

Most of UroMed’s customers experience urological or incontinence issues, and have conditions like Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida, Transverse Myelitis or Multiple Sclerosis.

Additionally, many of our employees volunteer their time and efforts at various community events. Many of our employees have a personal connection to the following non-profit organizations, as 20% of our customer care associates either has a disability or has a family member with a disabling condition.

About Drake Center: 

Drake Center, a member of UC Health, is the region’s premier provider of  inpatient services including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, pulmonary care and ventilator weaning, stroke recovery care, and advanced wound care.

Additional Resources

If you are a clinician and would like to learn more about  UroMed Continuing Education programs, please see:

Dorland Health and UroMed have created a continuing education website to help educate healthcare professionals about the importance of proactive treatment in the quest to enhance the daily lives of patients who have neurogenic bladder or urinary incontinence.

Dorland’s Urology Health Portal offers 12 continuing education articles for healthcare professionals. The CEU credits available in this program are applicable for:

  • Case Managers
  • Disability Management Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Urological Nurses
  • Life Care Planners
  • Social Workers

Access your educational options at:

Download all 12 articles as a PDF: Continuing Education Articles

Act Now! The Dorland Health CEU courses will be free for all participants until June 4, 2012. 


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