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THERAPEUTIC RECREATION DIRECTOR RECEIVES AWARD
(November 5, 1999) Bert Rappaport, Director of Therapeutic Recreation,
is the 1999 Commissioners Award recipient at Helen Hayes Hospital
in West Haverstraw. The Award is presented annually by the New York
State Department of Health in recognition of staff who have made extraordinary
contributions the hospitals mission, have exhibited outstanding
leadership and teamwork skills, and are committed to the provision of
high quality health care. Dr. Antonia C. Novello, Commissioner of Health
of New York State, presented the Award to Mr. Rappaport during a recent
visit to the rehabilitation hospital.
In nominating him for the
Award, Deborah Juarbe, Director of Professional Services credits Mr.
Rappaports perseverance, creativity and enthusiasm with providing
the momentum for the Therapeutic Recreation Department to expand into
new programs, while excelling in the provision of numerous patient services.
Mr. Rappaport has been instrumental in establishing a popular Performing
Arts Program at the facility. The program regularly bring patients and
visitors together for socialization, a valuable facet of the rehabilitation
process, while simultaneously attracting community members to the hospital.
In addition, Mr. Rappaport oversees the hospitals aquatics and
wellness programs, which provide ongoing exercise opportunities to individuals
with various disabilities. Working with his staff, he has expanded patients
computer and internet accesss, utilizing them for treatment, educational
and leisure purposes. The departments internet connection has
become extremely popular with patients, who are able to keep in touch
with family and friends via email.
Mr. Rappaport, who has been
with Helen Hayes Hospital for eight years, oversees a staff of ten therapists
and assistants. The Therapeutic Recreation Department employs a broad
variety of recreation and leisure activities, which are an integral
facet of a patients total rehabilitation process. The staff assists
patients in learning new leisure skills and enjoying former favorite
activities, thereby facilitating the transition back home and to the
community and enabling individuals to regain a rewarding quality of
Mr. Rappaport received his
Masters in Therapeutic Recreation from The Pennsylvania State University
and his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst. He serves on the board of the Rockland Chapter of the American
Red Cross and the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. Mr. Rappaport, his
wife Terri and daughter Amy, are residents of Upper Nyack, New York.
1997 Median Salary in Recreation Therapy
(11-2-99) Median salary for recreation therapists
is $26,800 (1997). Cl ick here for complete
listing of median salaries in each state.
The 1999 ATRA Award Winners
submitted by Laurie Jake
(October 15, 1999) The Distinguished Fellow
Award was received by Dr. Mary Ann Keogh Hoss for her achievements in
over 20 years of service to Recreation Therapy, particularly in the areas
of Activities for Elderly and her work with Ethical guidelines for ATRA.
The Outstanding Professional Award was given
to Mike Hasl for his work in Co-authoring the new 'Guidelines for Internships"
publication as well as his involvement as the Exhibitor Specialist and
his active involvement in his local chapter CDARTA.
Member of the Year Award was given to Bettyann
Cramer-Manchin for active work within her chapter, her assistance with
coordinating one of the ATRA Academies, and her successful recruitment
of new ATRA members.
The Individual Citation Award was given to
Pamela Clark, an Administrator at Inova Cameron Glen Care Center for her
constant support of her staff and their involvement with their professional
The Organization/Institution Award was given
to Atascadero State Hospital, who employ over 50 people in their Activities
Therapy Department, with plans to hire even more in the near future and
their work in sponsoring educational opportunities for Therapeutic Recreation
Professionals and students. and their efforts to promote legislation to
ensure that RT services are provided by competent Certified Professionals.
The Scholarly Achievement Award was given
to Dr. Linda Buettner for her research, articles, and teaching in the
area of TR and diseases of aging. She has authored a book on TR for the
Nursing Home. She has worked as the Treatment Network Coordinator for
the ATRA Gerontology Treatment Network. She has presented at the Alzheimer's
Association and the Gerontological Society of America on the use of TR
in nursing homes.
There was a tie for the Chapter of the Year
Award, so both the New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania and the Arkansas Chapter
received the Award.
Certificates of Recognition were given to
Mary Ann Aquadro, Debra Blair, Suzanne Lesnick-Emas, Marjorie Malkin,
Bryan McCormick, and Becki Chilcote-McGrath.
Dr Lee is new Associate Professor at IU
submitted by David Austin
(9-10-99) Youngkhill Lee, Ph.D., has assumed
the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and
Park Administration at Indiana University. Dr. Lee will primarily teach
in the area of therapeutic recreation. While specializing in physical
medicine and rehabilitation, he has published numerous papers that have
examined the role of leisure in the process of adjustment to spinal cord
injuries. He serves as an Associate Editor for Therapeutic Recreation
Journal and the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.
|Relevance of the MDS 2.0 and Section T (Recreational
by Bill Bryan, Ph.D., CTRS, R.N., LNHA
For complete article go to NTRS
(4-19-99) The Health Care Financing Administration
(HCFA), responsible for the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS)
program, is also responsible for the development and implementation of
the Minimum Data Set (MDS), used in every nursing home in the country.
The MDS, for Medicare recipients, is used as both a clinical and a reimbursement
tool. Use of the clinical portions of the MDS determines into which one
of the 44 Resource Utilization Groups (RUGS) categories a nursing home
resident will be placed. Along with the RUG-level of determination, a
dollar value is assigned to each RUG category.
NTRS urges all CTRS's who work in long term
care settings to utilize Section T in order to demonstrate to HCFA the
relevance of "recreational therapy". Widespread use of Section
T will demonstrate to HCFA staff that recreational therapy is a major
part of the rehabilitation process, and should be viewed as one of the
rehabilitation therapies, receiving equal reimbursement.
For additional information, please contact
Lora Serra, MA, CTRS, NTRS Liaison to HCFA, at (718) 240-5104 or via e-mail
New Online Resource Wires
Rehab Professionals and Students to Jobs, Continuing Ed
Scott Kulstad, M.Ed., ATC/R, 612-672-7104
Dennis O'Donnell, M.H.A., P.T., 612-944-6659
MINNEAPOLIS, March 16, 1999--Rehab jobs,
continuing education and resources are now just a click away with RehabQuest.com,
a powerful new online service that brings multiple rehab resources together
on one Web site.
Appropriate for clinicians, instructors,
administrators and students in 11 rehab disciplines, the site is the first
Internet service to offer free custom rehab job and continuing education
searches, e-mail notification, and access to geographic-specific information.
RehabQuest.com is a new venture of the rehabilitation division of Minnesota-based
Fairview Health Services, a hospital and health care system.
An animated character guides users through
current job, continuing education and resource postings in disciplines
that range from athletic training and occupational therapy to orthotics/prosthetics,
a comprehensive Internet library, and such helpful business travel information
as area-specific weather and news. Organized by state, region, top 20
rehab facilities, and specialization, easy-to-follow directions help users
to narrow information or job searches, and to learn more about postings.
RehabQuest.com is free to rehab professionals
and students searching for jobs, continuing education and resources. Staff
recruiters, course organizers and vendors post vacancies, courses and
products on the site for nominal cost.
For more information or to unsubscribe, please
send a separate e-mail to email@example.com, or call 612-537-7194.
Austin Receives National Literary Award
(1-25-99) The National
Recreation and Park Association recently presented their National Literacy
Award to Dr. David R. Austion of Indiana University. This award was presented
in recognition of literature that has national significance and makes
major impact on the field, stirring professional awareness; creating new
concepts in recreation, parks and conservation; and motivating action
on behalf of parks, recreation and conservation.
(1-25-99) The following
awards were presented at ATRA's Annual Conference in Boston, MA.
Wagner, Sandra Negley, Gloria Gram
Goldenburg, Jodi Dively-Sprouls, Diane Baumann, Mary Ann Keogh Hoss,
Ann James, John Jacobson, Nancy McFarlane, Dr. Linda Buettner, Annette
Jacobs, Karen Kay Gray
Affiliate of the Year Award:
(Cincinnati-Dayton Area Recreational Therapy Association)
Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Center for Recreation and Disability Studies at the University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill
of the Year:
Professional of the Year:
Dr. Nancy Rogers
(1-11-99) The Leisure and Aging Section of
the National Recreation and Park Association and Department of Recreation
and Sport Management at Indiana State University have created a new electronic
discussion group, LASnet, for professionals, students, and educators
who work with older adults in recreation and leisure services. Professionals
in park and recreation departments, adult day care centers, long-term
care, senior residential communities and other activity or recreation
based environments may be interested in the group. The discussion group
will provide a forum to share programming ideas, solicit feedback, share
resources, and announce relevant conferences, publications, etc.
Membership in the group is not restricted to Leisure and Aging Section
members. We are hopeful that members of many professional associations
will participate in the group.