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At Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, caring for its patients doesn’t stop when they re-enter their communities.

It’s just beginning.

One way that Magee provides life-long care is through its Peer Mentoring Program, which helps those who are just learning to deal with their disabilities and new life by having those who have already learned to cope—and thrive—share their experiences.

Magee is currently seeking those who have successfully learned to live with their amputations, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries to become Peer Counselors.

“We’re looking for people to provide our patients with practical tips and serve as a support system,” said Nancy Rosenberg, who oversees Magee’s Peer Mentoring Program. “Basically, we’re looking for people who want to make a positive difference in someone’s life.”
After receiving four hours of training in basic counseling (spread out over two evenings) Peer Counselors will visit or make phone calls to patients and their families and participate in support groups each month.

The Peer Mentoring Program is also asking the family members and significant others of those with disabilities to become involved, sharing their experiences with those who are just learning to accept, adjust, and maneuver in their new—and old—roles in a patient’s life.

The next training sessions are Thursday, October 15 and Thursday, October 22.

To learn more about Magee’s Peer Mentoring Program, or to become involved, call Marie Protesto or Sonya Dibeler at 215-587-3174 or send an email to peers@mageerehab.org.

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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