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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on August 06, 2009

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Receives Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is proud to announce that it has received a $12,500 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which recognizes organizations that help people living with paralysis and their families become more integrated members of society.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland will use the grant toward the purchase of the RT300 Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycle. As a restorative therapy tool, the cycle stimulates muscles and creates patterned movement of the arms and legs, enabling patient's muscles to work and perform active cycling even though there has been a loss of voluntary control of these muscles.

"We deeply appreciate having been chosen as a recipient of a 1st Cycle 2009 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation," said Doris B. Reinhart, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Vice President and Administrator. "This grant will strengthen the care and services we are able to offer to our community."

The award was one of 86 grants totaling almost $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide. Since inception of the program in 1999, nearly 1,600 grants have been awarded, totaling almost $13 million.

"The Quality of Life program recognizes and supports organizations that assist individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers in ways that more immediately provide them with increased independence, well being, and improved access," said Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "Throughout the past ten years, we have had the privilege of being able to impact the lives of thousands of people living with paralysis through these deserving organizations. As Dana Reeve used to say, ‘our Quality of Life program is about freedom' and we are pleased to do our small part to assist Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland in fulfilling its mission."

The Reeve Foundation's Quality of Life grants are awarded twice a year and are divided into three categories, Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Some grants are also funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, named after the famous actor and his wife, is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit the Website at or call 800-225-0292.

The first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland (ARHM) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that has operated since 2001 and is part of a network of health care facilities owned by Adventist HealthCare, Inc. It provides comprehensive rehabilitation programs for patients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders to increase functioning and enable their return to home and/or work with as much independence as possible. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations and the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Inpatient program, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland has achieved specialty CARF accreditation in both Stroke and Amputee Rehabilitation.

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