On Shaquille Vance’s road to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Methodist Orthotics & Prosthetics has been with him literally every step of the way.

An above-the-knee amputee from a football injury, Vance has been competing in track and field events since 2010 with the use of a prosthetic leg made especially for sprinters known as a “cheetah.” The Flowood clinic fit him with the device and has been providing the athlete with sponsorship and clinical support ever since.


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Adrian Benson’s new ride recently caused some rubber-necking as he whizzed through the parking lot of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Assistive Technology Clinic in Flowood.

People don’t expect a wheelchair to have a chopper-style front fork or reach speeds of 12 miles per hour.

But the innovative design suits Benson’s active lifestyle.


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Dr. Stuart A. Yablon of Madison has rejoined the staff of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson as medical director for the brain injury program. He is board certified in brain injury medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation and was project medical director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Mississippi from 1998 to 2007.


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As he visited his brother, Chris Green, at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Blake Ganzerla never noticed the colorful fabric bags hanging on the backs of patients’ wheelchairs.

The 10-year-old was too focused on helping Chris overcome a traumatic brain injury.

But six years later, the Madison teen is all about keeping the bags in production. As his Eagle Scout project, he launched a drive to supply donated fabric to the volunteers who make the coveted carryalls.


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Not everyone would travel over two hours for a doctor’s appointment, but it makes sense for Shameka Price of Sardis.

Since sustaining a spinal cord injury in 2012, Price has relied on the expertise of staff at Methodist Rehabilitation Center to meet her medical needs. So when she learned the Jackson hospital had added outpatient urology services, the 24-year-old hit the road once again.


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Check out the services available for people with spinal cord injuries at a Community Resource Fair, set for 12-2 p.m. May 22 in the BankPlus Conference Center at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. The fair will feature Methodist Rehab’s Assistive Technology Services, Therapeutic Recreation Program, Spinal Cord Injury Support Group and Navigator Program.


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When Methodist Rehabilitation Center opened four decades ago, no one was more ready for the moment than Lamar Myers.

A quadriplegic since age 16, the 20-year-old Morton native had been languishing in the “rehab” wing of a Vicksburg charity hospital for two years.

“It was really just a place to put you,” he said. “The rehab part was making souvenir plaques and ceramics. I even had to share a wheelchair until I got my own. One guy would use it the morning, and I would use it in the afternoon.”


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center recently named three staff members as its Employees of the Year.

Carlene Bass of Jackson was named Support Services Employee of the Year. She serves as unit clerk for the hospital’s brain injury program.

Conitra Williams of Madison was named Clinical Services Employee of the Year. She serves as shift manager for the hospital’s brain injury program.


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After just a few months in America, little Liam Frost is already a lot like his Hattiesburg peers.

He loves snacking on Cheerios, bedeviling his big sisters and snuggling in his mother’s lap for story time.

It’s a slice of family life Liam never knew in China, and Keith and Jennifer Frost are grateful they can give the almost 2-year-old a home.


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When the Ole Miss Sigma Nus chose Marcus Banks as the recipient of funds from their 2015 Charity Bowl, he was honored.

But his father Melvin knew one tiny detail should be out in the open first.

“One of the first things he said to us was, ‘Let’s go ahead and get this out front—I’m a Mississippi State fan, I graduated from State—don’t hold it against me,” said Taylor Massengill, philanthropy chairman for the March 27 event.


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