The spinal cord is the main pathway for transmitting information between the brain and the nerves that lead to muscles, skin, internal organs and glands. Injury to the spinal cord disrupts movement, sensation and function. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) requires ongoing management of impairments and prevention of related problems. VA has the largest single network of SCI care in the nation. VA integrates vocational, psychological and social services within a continuum of care and addresses changing needs throughout the Veteran's life. VA provides supplies, preventive health care and education for Veterans with SCI. VA also maintains medical equipment. VA's SCI specialty care focuses on the prevention or early detection of complications of SCI, with multidisciplinary teams providing annual comprehensive evaluations.
Our Mission as the Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Clinic (SCI/D) is to promote and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of Veterans with spinal cord injury and/or disorders. Our mission is accomplished through a comprehensive health care delivery system that includes rehabilitation; medical care; patient and family education; and psychological and social care.
The SCI/D Team. The Spinal Cord Clinic at Dayton VAMC is an Outpatient Support Clinic affiliated with the Spinal Cord Center at the Cleveland, Ohio VAMC. Together the two hospitals provide a full-range of care to Veterans who have sustained an injury or a generally stable neurological impairment of the spinal cord.
The SCI/D Team includes the SCI/D Coordinator (Social Worker), Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, consultative services of other PM&R specialties, and other services required to sustain care as the Veteran's clinical needs dictate. The SCI/D Clinic staff will provide a multidisciplinary consultative service to monitor all admitted SCI/D inpatients; assist the admitting service in providing for the unique patient care needs; advise staff regarding pertinent SCI/D practice guidelines and standards of care; and assist with coordinated discharge planning.
The SCI/D team will:
Who is eligible?
Eligibility as defined by VHA SCI/D policy is determined by the Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D) team based upon a review of records, and a comprehensive health examination, if necessary. All Veterans (inpatients and outpatients) diagnosed with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) will be identified and referred to the SCI/D Clinic for evaluation. A multidisciplinary team of clinical staff will coordinate SCI/D services across the continuum of care. Special Events Physical activity, friendly competition and recreation therapy engage the mind as well as the body and can contribute significantly to an improved quality of life. VA's four national rehabilitation special events provide disabled and elderly Veterans with challenging opportunities to accomplish feats many may have believed were no longer available to them because of their disabilities or their age. These sports and leisure activities provide our Veterans unique environments for self-development, camaraderie and a well-earned sense of accomplishment. 28th National Veteran's Wheelchair Games Games If you need additional information, please contact: Janet Sutherland: SCI/D Coordinator (937) 268-6511 ext. 2618 Marlene Davis-Pierce: SCI/D Nurse (937) 268-6511 ext. 2236.