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Philadelphia, Pa Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has joined the American Hospital Association, HealthPartners and more than a dozen national organizations in a nationwide effort to educate millions of Americans about the problems faced by returning veterans and their families. Through the Joining Forces education campaign and curricula, medical professionals across the nation can now receive training online on how to deal with the health issues facing our nation's troops as they return home from service. Additionally, outreach efforts are designed to inform the varied individuals and organizations that service men and women and their families might turn to for help about these available resources.

"We are proud to offer our expertise to the Joining Forces Program," said Jack Carroll, Ph.D., M.H.A.President /CEO of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Returning veterans are suffering from the types of injuries-- brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations-- that Magee has been treating for 50 years, and that type of specific experience, and the lessons learned from it, need to be available to those who need it the most."

The Web site, www.joiningforcesonline.org  will house the four-part series which addresses the most common issues our returning soldiers face including challenges of reintegration, a general overview of health care issues faced by returning military, mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as links to a variety of other resources. 

The program was first developed in 2007 by Minnesota-based HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, the Minnesota Army National Guard and Minneapolis Veterans Affairs. Since that time, the American Hospital Association has recruited a variety of organizations including the American Medical Womens Association, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the American Association of Nurse Executives and many others to help promote the program.

"What began as an effort to educate health caregivers in one community in Minnesota about the special needs of returning veterans and their families has grown into a collaboration among national organizations involving hospitals, doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and many others all across our nation," said Rich Umbdenstock, President and Chief Executive Officer, the American Hospital Association. ԓJoining Forces tells an important story about the debt we owe our troops and the enormous level of support they enjoy back home.

"We have been extremely pleased with the response of veteran, health and social service organizations across the country," said Dr. Carl Patow, executive director of HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education. "With their support, were able to generate greater awareness among health care professionals, which in turn helps ensure improved care for our veterans and their families."

For more information about the program, go to www.joiningforcesonline.org.  The Joining Forces curricula is available to anyone and can be used to meet continuing education credits for physicians across the nation.

About AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 4,800 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.

About HealthPartners
Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of healthcare companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. It is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community. For the third year in a row, HealthPartners is rated one of the best commercial health plans in the nation by U.S. News&World Report, NCQAs ғAmericas Best Health Plans 2007Ҕ and is ranked Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Minnesota-Wisconsin RegionӔ by J.D. Power and Associates.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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