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

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-841-1233.

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