JACKSON, Miss.—What began as a couple of buildings and a train set has become a full-fledged holiday tradition at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

In the Jackson hospital’s second floor Atrium Mall the sounds of an old locomotive pulling out of the depot filled with holiday passengers signals the approach of Christmas.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Christmas safety tag campaign is catching on with retailers across Mississippi.

Two weeks ago the Jackson hospital began offering stores that sell bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards safety information tags to place on those popular Christmas gifts. The tags, which feature the hospital’s injury prevention mascot, Sammy Safety, encourage parents to buy safety helmets and knee and elbow pads when they purchase any toy with wheels that children can ride.


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JACKSON, Miss.--Singers and musicians from around the state perform at Methodist Rehabilitation Center during the holiday season. The noon performances in the Jackson hospital’s two-story Atrium Mall are free and open to the public.

“The performances have become an annual tradition,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. “These groups donate their time and talent to perform for our patients, staff and visitors. The songs they sing and music they play mean so much to all of us.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Now in a new home, the staff at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Quest program hopes to help even more brain-injured patients find their way back to their schools, jobs and lives.

The community-based treatment program, the only one of its kind in Mississippi, is now in a larger building designed for the specific needs of its patients.

“It’s a great facility,” said program coordinator Joyce Leverenz. “We’re not so spread out anymore and now we can communicate better since the entire staff is together in one place.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Singers and musicians from around the state will perform at Methodist Rehabilitation Center during the holiday season. The noon performances in the Jackson hospital’s two-story Atrium Mall are free and open to the public.

“The performances have become an annual tradition,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. “These groups donate their time and talent to perform for our patients, staff and visitors. The songs they sing and music they play mean so much to all of us.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center is placing safety information tags on bicycles, scooters, roller blades and skateboards in Mississippi stores—all in an effort to encourage parents to remember to buy safety helmets and knee and elbow pads when they purchase any toy with wheels that children can ride.

The safety tag campaign is part of Think First, Methodist Rehab’s statewide safety and injury prevention program that aims to prevent spinal cord, brain and other traumatic injuries by focusing on bicycle, automobile, firearm, boating, swimming and diving safety.


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JACKSON, Miss.—The holiday season is an exciting time for children, but Methodist Rehabilitation Center urges parents to use a bit of caution this Christmas.

Dr. Rahul Vohra, Methodist Rehab’s medical director, encourages families to buy safe, age appropriate toys and to always remember to buy protective gear for all children who receive scooters, bicycles, skateboards and roller blades as gifts.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Dr. Mark Sherer, a neuropsychologist and director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been elected to fellow status by the American Psychological Association.

To be eligible, fellow candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology, five years of experience and evidence of outstanding contributions in the field of psychology, according to the APA.


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JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi Hospital Association Society for Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteer Services has named Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Andrew Noland a volunteer of the year.

Noland, 84, of Jackson, began volunteering in 1996 at the Jackson hospital, making deliveries to patient rooms and cheering up patients and families. He has also given his time to the United Way, the Splendors of Spain exhibit and is a docent at the Governor’s Mansion.


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CLINTON, Miss.–Ever since a 1986 motorcycle accident left David Smith with a spinal cord injury, he’s had to rely on a wheelchair to get around. But these days he’s leaving the chair behind and setting his sights a lot higher.

When the 34 year-old Pearl resident isn’t driving his new Kenworth 18-wheeler cross-country, he’s scaling a three-story rock wall and thinking of the day he’ll be outdoors climbing up a real rock.


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