JACKSON, Miss.—Millions of travelers will be hitting the highways, not skyways, this holiday season in a rush to gather with family and friends. Most people will be concerned about not forgetting Christmas gifts, but Methodist Rehabilitation Center urges families to remember that safety is perhaps the best gift of all.

Dr. Rahul Vohra, Methodist Rehab’s medical director, encourages families to use appropriate car seats and seat belts for children and to always buckle up.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Joy Jones says she had always wanted to be an artist. But a bout with a rare connective tissue disorder almost took from her the means to be creative. Almost.

Until February, the works of Jones, an award-winning artist, are on display at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s art gallery in the gift shop in its Atrium Mall. Nine of her vibrantly colored pieces show off her skills using oils, pastels and watercolors.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Some dogs were just born to help others, says Suzanne Sims.

Take Adam, for instance. The 10 year-old Australian shepherd has been lending a warm paw to people with problems for seven years since a holiday visit to Methodist Rehabilitation Center changed his world.

“He was a rescue dog and he just took to therapy and helping others,” Sims said. “We had visited Methodist Rehab just before Christmas and my heart went out to all the patients who didn’t have family to come visit them over the holidays so we decided to make it an annual event.


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JACKSON, Miss.—The Wilson Research Foundation has received a $100,000 donation from an anonymous donor to fund research at the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

The donation will be given over a five-year period in installments of $20,000 each year.


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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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