SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is proud to announce a partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) to develop a series of educational classes for healthcare professionals. The curriculum will focus on the rehabilitation process, providing case managers and social workers with the skills to evaluate patients' rehabilitation needs, to assess the available treatment options and to support family involvement. The sessions will follow the entire transition of patient care from an acute hospital setting to a rehabilitation facility, including the coordination of ground and air ambulance patient transfers.
The collaboration was initiated when leaders at both organizations recognized an opportunity to improve patient rehabilitation outcomes by educating healthcare professionals on the importance of timely patient transfers to appropriate facilities for specialized therapies. In healthcare, this ideal is commonly referred to as "the right care at the right place at the right time."
The first class in the series is titled, "Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injuries: Where Do We Go From Here?" presented by RIC's Director of Global Services, Rebecca Brashler, LCSW. The session will debut today at the American Case Management Association (ACMA) National Conference in Tampa, Florida. Case managers in attendance will receive continuing education credit for their participation.
Following the initial class, Angel MedFlight is sponsoring on-site presentations for hospital case management departments in some states upon request. The class will also be available online through the Commission for Case Manager Certification's (CCMC) PACE Provider Directory in May 2016.
"We are honored to partner with RIC on this educational series. We are committed to supporting healthcare professionals nationwide," Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight said. "The guidance that case managers and social workers provide patients and patients' families throughout their transitions of care is crucial for optimal outcomes. These classes offer additional understanding of the rehabilitation process and available therapy options."
Founded in 1954, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation's top-ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Ranked #1 by both U.S. News & World Report and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction.
With a record eight multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education's National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, bionic medicine/rehabilitation engineering research, and pediatric orthopedics, RIC operates the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world.
RIC also operates its 182-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 40 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwest, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.
About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services with a fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight's compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals simplify the coordination of air ambulance transfers for patients, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.
Available around the clock, the Angel MedFlight team coordinates every detail of Bedside-to Bedside® patient transfers to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Angel MedFlight's operational excellence in air medical transport is accredited by NAAMTA, an ISO 9001:2008 organization.
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