Beechwood NeuroRehab History

Nearly a century ago, visionary Mollie Woods founded our parent organization, Woods.  She had two simple goals – to advance the quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities.   In 1979, we took that commitment to the next level with the establishment of a specialized brain injury rehabilitation program now known as Beechwood NeuroRehab.

The program came about due to the need to provide specialized services to meet the needs of individuals who sustained a brain injury. Throughout our history, since 1979, the program has grown and evolved providing specialized services to hundreds of adults.  Beechwood NeuroRehab is regarded as one of the nation’s premier brain injury rehabilitation programs, and has maintained CARF accreditation since 1994.  Now in its fourth decade the program continues to evolve with the development of a transdisciplinary neurofunctional approach.  The addition of a Brain Injury Clubhouse program further enhances the wide array of services for which Beechwood NeuroRehab has come to be known.  Our ability to serve individuals with a wide range of functional levels is a hallmark of our services enabling those individuals to move through a continuum in order to achieve their highest level of functioning.  An affiliated program of Woods, Beechwood NeuroRehab started in 1979, as a community-integrated program for individuals with acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders. The program provides a comprehensive continuum of residential and rehabilitation services for medically stable adults, age 18 or older, who are in need of post-acute rehabilitation and life-long living supports.

WHAT IS ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY?

In 1997 the Brain Injury Association of America adopted a definition for acquired brain injury (ABI) as an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative.  The injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity, or the functional ability of the cell. These changes in brain cells then affect thinking, feeling, and behavior, and the ability to perform in everyday life.

ABI includes both brain traumatic and non—traumatic causes of brain injury:

  • Traumatic brain injury is an insult to the brain caused by external physical force
    • Includes concussions
  • Non-traumatic brain injury includes many other types of injury to the brain, including:
    • Brain Tumors
    • Anoxia/Hypoxia (near drowning, heart attack)
    • Infections of the brain
    • Cerebral Vascular Accidents (strokes)
    • Ingestion of Toxic Substances
    • Epilepsy

A broad range of brain injury rehabilitation services and vocational services, as well as medical, nursing, and case management distinguishes Beechwood NeuroRehab as one of the premier national providers of brain injury rehabilitation. Vocational and clinical rehabilitation services are available on an outpatient basis to those living in the Greater Delaware Valley. All rehabilitation plans are individualized, and each person is served by a transdisciplinary team of brain injury professionals. Beechwood has maintained CARF accreditation since 1994.  Now in its fourth decade the program continues to evolve with the development of a transdisciplinary neurofunctional approach. The addition of a Brain Injury Clubhouse program in January 2014 further enhances the wide array of services Beechwood NeuroRehab has come to be known.  Our ability to serve individuals with a wide range of functional levels is a hallmark of our services enabling those individuals to move through a continuum in order to achieve their highest level of functioning.