Northridge Hospital Medical Center's Acute Rehabilitation Brain Injury Program

Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles County is a full-service, non-profit facility that has served the needs of Southern California patients for more than 50 years. Founded in 1955, the hospital has evolved into a 411-bed facility with more than 800 physicians and 60 medical specialties. This includes the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who suffer from a number of disabling conditions, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). Northridge Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, the nation's leading health care accrediting organization and was chosen as the “Favorite Hospital” in a poll conducted by the Los Angeles Daily News.

In addition, the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation facilities (CARF) for maintaining a comprehensive full-service program.

As a significant department of the Northridge Hospital, the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine is a full-service rehabilitation program that focuses on helping patients of all ages recover from traumatic injury. This comprehensive rehabilitation program, founded in 1974, offers both inpatient and outpatient services to individuals who are trying to regain independence and control of their lives following a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke or multiple trauma. Under the direction of Board-certified Physiatrists and an entire Rehabilitation Team, the program delivers exceptional patient care and individualized treatment plans to maximize each patient's potential for complete recovery and independence.

To increase treatment options for the more than 700,000 Americans who suffer from TBI every year, the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine's Brain Injury Program offers a full spectrum of services, including coma recovery, acute rehabilitation, post-acute treatment, physical and emotional support for the patient and their families and community reintegration. To develop the best treatment plan for each patient, the Center uses a comprehensive team approach, involving every TBI program specialist to evaluate each patient and help develop a plan that focuses on serving the patient's physical, emotional and cognitive rehabilitation needs. Family participation during rehabilitation is critical for the patient to reach complete independence, which is why Northridge Hospital's TBI program offers comprehensive family support and training.

Thomas L. Hedge, Jr., MD, serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and is certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as spinal cord injury medicine. Dr. Hedge serves on the board of the Stroke Association of Southern California and the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International. For the past 25 years, Dr. Hedge has served patients by offering his expertise in the rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, chronic pain, amputations and neurological disorders. Dr. Hedge and his team strive to help each patient overcome both physical and emotional challenges while achieving the highest level of independence possible.

The Center for Rehabilitation Medicine's Brain Injury Program also includes a comprehensive Day Treatment Program, the first hospital-based program of its kind in the San Fernando Valley. The program is specifically designed to help patients with brain injuries join the community by successfully returning to their daily lives. To do this, the patients and their families are given a number of tools by a team of skilled therapists who specialize in occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, neuropsychology, therapeutic recreation, social services and medical management.

To refer a patient with TBI to Northridge Hospital Medical Center or to learn more about TBI treatment, please call 818-700-5648 or visit their website at


[Last revision: December 2009]

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