JACKSON, Miss.--Hundreds of health care workers crowded into Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s two-story Atrium Mall to show their sympathy and generosity for those killed in terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh.

Methodist Rehab officials estimate more than 500 attended the hour-long memorial service where prayers were said and donations were taken for the American Red Cross disaster relief fund. The audience also learned how they could donate to memorial funds for the families of fire fighters killed at the World Trade Center.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Scott Therell loved to kneeboard before he lost the use of his legs in a 1995 car crash. When he left the hospital he vowed he’d find a way to water ski once again.

“I didn’t know what kind of water sports were available for the disabled,” said Therell of Chunky. “I had tried to kneeboard, but it was tough without the use of legs.”


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MADISON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center is working with American Medical Response and the Madison fire and police departments to encourage children to think first about safety during National Childhood Injury Prevention Week (Sept. 1-7).

As part of Think First, the Jackson hospital’s statewide injury prevention program, Methodist Rehab employees will promote the Sammy Safety Seatbelt Patrol at Madison Ridgeland Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 7:30-8 a.m.


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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s newest employee, Sammy Safety, is teaming up with the Reservoir Patrol at the Ross Barnett Reservoir to encourage boaters to always think first about safety, especially during the long Labor Day weekend.

Sammy, his Methodist Rehab co-workers and Reservoir officers are promoting the Sammy Safety Boat Patrol which reminds both children and adults to always wear their life jackets, follow safe boating rules and act responsibly on and in the water.


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SARDIS LAKE, Miss.—When Jackson resident Josh Sharpe looked out over the water at Sardis Lake and prepared to race in the Dragonfly Triathlon, he faced a greater challenge than the other few hundred competitors.


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JACKSON, Miss.—What a difference three days can make in a young man’s life.

When 15 year-old Charlie Rogers left his Nashville home and climbed into a van bound for Jackson, Miss., he had high hopes for a new life. For ten years Charlie has made it without the use of arms or legs.

In the span of three days, that changed as Orthotic & Prosthetic technicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s east campus worked around the clock to design, construct and fit artificial arms and legs for Charlie.


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FLORENCE, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s newest employee, Sammy Safety, heads back to school Thursday, August 23, from 7 to 8 a.m. to encourage students at McLaurin Elementary School in Florence to always think first about safety.

Sammy and his Methodist Rehab co-workers will team up with the Rankin County Safe Communities, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department and the Central Mississippi Trauma Region to promote the Sammy Safety Seatbelt Patrol which reminds both children and adults to wear their seatbelts at all times when in motor vehicles.


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MADISON, Miss.--Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s newest employee, Sammy Safety, heads back to school Monday, August 20, from 7 to 8 a.m. to encourage students at Madison Avenue Elementary School to always think first about safety.

Sammy and his Methodist Rehab co-workers will team up with the Madison Police and Fire Departments to promote the Sammy Safety Seatbelt Patrol which reminds both children and adults to wear their seatbelts at all times when in motor vehicles.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Sitting cross-legged on the floor, Dr. Terry Horn makes a final turn of his socket wrench to secure a $15,000 force-measuring platform into place. For him, the maintenance of the sensitive instruments in his laboratory is a labor of love.

Dr. Horn, the director of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Motion Analysis and Human Performance Laboratory, has in three years transformed the forgotten storage space on the hospital’s second floor into a state-of-the-art research lab—the only facility of its kind in Mississippi and one of only a few in the United States.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Returning to classes can be an exciting, but dangerous time of year, warns a Methodist Rehabilitation Center physician.

“Children are at increased risk of vehicle-related injuries at the beginning of the school year because there are so many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and because people often change their driving patterns,” said Methodist Rehab medical director Dr. Rahul Vohra. “It’s also a time when many teenage drivers are heading to school behind the wheel for the first time.”


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