New Site Latest in Expansion of Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

September 16, 1997
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Physicians at Johns Hopkins have opened a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility in Lutherville, Md., offering a full spectrum of services designed to improve patients' quality of life and help them return to their regular lifestyles.

The facility, which opened Sept. 15 at 2360 W. Joppa Road in the Green Spring Station office complex, is staffed by a full-time physician director, a psychologist and 11 physical, occupational and speech therapists.

"Using a coordinated team approach we can help restore the health of patients with complex rehabilitation needs," says Timothy R. Dillingham, M.D., medical director of the center. "We will continue to provide services such as physical therapy for patients with simpler needs, but we can also pool our skills to better rehabilitate those who have suffered spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, and strokes."

Dillingham, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Hopkins, has seven years of rehabilitation medicine experience.

"There is a movement of expansion in rehabilitation medicine," says Barbara J. de Lateur, M.D., professor, director and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Hopkins. "The current philosophy is to look beyond the physical needs of patients who have lost mobility to address the psychosocial issues that accompany these injuries."

With the addition of the Green Spring facility, the department provides full services in three locations.

In June, the department opened a rehabilitation center at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in East Baltimore. This January, a 14-bed inpatient unit is scheduled to open at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, the department operates outpatient and inpatient rehabilitative services at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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