Over 80 nurses, therapists, case managers, and physicians from all over Northern California attended Santa Clara Valley Medical Centers’ (VMC) second annual Spinal Cord Injury Symposium on May 17. VMC has cared for patients with Spinal Cord Injury for over 40 Years. Dr. James Crew, Chief of VMC’s Spinal Cord Injury Service, discusses VMC’s mission of education, “Part of our mission is to educate our colleagues about best practices in SCI care. We have been lucky enough to develop multidisciplinary expertise in SCI management from the intensive care unit to inpatient rehabilitation and on to home. Our knowledge base continues to expand, as treatment strategies evolve for those with SCI. In the 1970s, the average length of stay on inpatient rehab was 100 days after SCI in the United States, now it is about 30 days. We are all trying to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, but trying to do so safely in order to allow patients and their families a smooth transition as they return home.”
VMC was able to fulfil that mission with yet another successful conference. Our attendees, visiting from partnering hospitals such as Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Kaiser Vallejo, Kaiser Vacaville, Natividad Medical Center and Regional Medical Center rated the conference highly. The conference grew in size from last year by 15%. Our Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Census increased by 18% after last years conference, and we will continue to track for this year.
VMC Rehab looks forward to continuing this tradition as we grow our conference, serving our mission to put patients first by disseminating education in best practices for Spinal Cord Injury care.