Spaulding Selected by NIDRR as an SCI Model System Site

BOSTON, MA- Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital announced today that its Spinal Cord Injury Program has been selected as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System site by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) program was established by the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the early 1970s. The grants are awarded in five year cycles by NIDRR through an extremely selective process with only 14 national sites. NIDRR awards SCI Model Systems grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Each site provides the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and community reentry. Dr. Leslie Morse will serve as Program Director and Dr. Ross Zafonte will serve as Administrative Co-Director.

"Being selected by NIDRR as an SCI Model System site is a tremendous achievement and recognition for Spaulding and the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This grant will enable us to effectively harness the convergence of science and medicine that Spaulding can provide to push our understanding of the biology of recovery and improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries," said Dr. Ross Zafonte, VP of Research, Education and Medical Affairs, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Chairman of the Harvard Medical School Department of PMandR at Spaulding.

This funding will allow Spaulding clinicians and researchers to improve both regional and national understanding of SCI treatment models. Each SCI Model Systems site contributes to the national SCI Model Systems Database for a better understanding of long-term health outcomes. Spaulding will also expand its participation in collaborative research and expand education and outreach efforts to inform individuals with SCI, their family and care givers, health care professionals and the general public about our work.

"The SCI Model Systems grant recognition by NIDRR serves to both further enhance Spaulding as a national leader in rehabilitative care and research as well as also providing our talented clinicians the tools to greatly enhance the knowledge base of SCI for the communities we serve. From those who are just beginning their recovery from SCI to those who have lived years post injury, this grant will enable Spaulding to have a greater ability to make a positive impact on their lives," said David Storto, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

About the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
A member of Partners HealthCare, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital-Boston (main campus), a 196-bed facility, as well as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. Additional locations include the two long-term care facilities Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Spaulding Hospital North Shore and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty-three outpatient sites throughout the Greater Boston area. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey with a #5 ranking in 2011. For more information, please visit

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