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Hamilton Health Sciences

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Hamilton Health Sciences is a community of 15,000 staff, physicians, researchers and volunteers that proudly serves southwestern Ontario residents. We also provide specialized, advanced care to people from across the province.

Program Description:

The inpatient Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences is a High Intensity Spinal Cord Injury Regional Rehabilitation Program. Patients admitted to the program are from the Hamilton and surrounding areas. The program serves adults who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) either due to a traumatic injury or non-traumatic condition. The unit has 13 beds and serves approximately 85 patients/year. Patients are served by a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapist and assistants, social workers, pharmacists, recreation therapists and dieticians. Many patients continue their therapy program in the outpatient program also located in the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. While involved in the in- and outpatient programming patients may also participate in the hydrotherapy programs housed at the centre.

Implementation in Action


Consortium Members

Site Leads

Kimberly Young – Program Director

Stephen Patton – Clinical Manager

Implementation & Evaluation Specialists (IES)


Jennifer Duley – Physiotherapist

Site Implementation Team (SIT) -  Tissue Integrity/UTI


Zaher Elazar – Charge Nurse

Reenal Shah – Occupational Therapist

Michelle Read – Physical Therapist

Tracy Vandelaar – Social Worker

Rob Murphy – Community Partner - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Ron Rattie – Community Partner - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Kristy Hamilton – Community Partner - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Carmen Carmazan – Education Facilitator

Alison Smith – Occupational Therapist

Diana Herrington – Physical Therapist

Meghan Mackie – Physical Therapist (on leave)

Mirella Anton – SCI Rehab Intake Coordinator

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