JACKSON, Miss.—As a part of Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide injury prevention program, physicians and staff at the Jackson hospital are working with firefighters and paramedics to encourage children in Mississippi schools to always think first about bicycle safety.

Sammy Safety, Methodist Rehab’s injury prevention mascot, and the Jackson Fire Department have teamed up to teach students at McLeod Elementary School in Jackson proper hand signals and the importance of always wearing bike helmets. The Think First team encourages students to:


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JACKSON, Miss.--After a traumatizing burn accident, Melissa Nixon is moving forward and giving thanks to those who helped piece her life back together.

With a cheerful smile and dancing blue eyes, Nixon walked around the east campus of Methodist Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday afternoon, greeting her caregivers with red roses and hugs to show her appreciation.


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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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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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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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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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