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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.

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.”

JACKSON, Miss.—In the midst of an ongoing nursing shortage, it’s no secret that a career in nursing is a long and hard road. Any nurse can tell you that. But what’s not so commonly known is how rewarding it can be—both emotionally and financially.

JACKSON, Miss.—Sandra Walker, director of volunteer services at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, has been named the Mississippi representative to the board of directors of the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Service in Hospital Organizations (SDVSHO).

SDVSHO selects one person from each southeastern state to be on its board of directors each year.

JACKSON, Miss.—Dr. Mark Sherer, a neuropsychologist and director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named a fellow by the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Sherer, a board-certified neuropsychologist and clinical associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, conducts research and assists with the development of inpatient and outpatient brain injury programs at Methodist Rehab.

JACKSON, Miss.—Brad McFadden, 23, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in 1993, will speak to 15 fourth and fifth graders on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the conference center at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. McFadden, who is a quadriplegic and a University of Arizona sophomore, will talk about diving safety and the many sports, including quad rugby and tennis, he plays.

JACKSON, Miss.—After nearly 26 years of treating and helping the physically disabled, Dr. Jack Aldridge is leaving Methodist Rehabilitation Center to fight his own fight—a battle with multiple sclerosis.

Friends, colleagues, former patients and staff honored him at a hospital reception for his lifelong commitment. Two of those guests brought a very special person to the party. Eliska Lee Brown, who recently celebrated her second birthday, is the child of spinal cord-injured Joey Brown and his wife, Rosemary. She is also Dr. Aldridge’s godchild.

CLINTON, Miss.—Erin Pryor, a physical therapist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, and Fair, a golden retriever, will show 120 day-campers at the Clinton YMCA how they work with spinal cord and brain-injured patients at the Jackson Hospital.

Their presentation, set for Monday, July 16, at 1 p.m., is part of Think First, an MRC-sponsored injury prevention program aimed at young children and teenagers that tries to prevent spinal cord, brain and other traumatic injuries by focusing on bicycle, automobile, firearm, boat, swimming and diving safety.

JACKSON, Miss.—A dedication ceremony in Jackson marked the opening of the state’s first apartment complex designed for the physically disabled and built with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Mississippi Methodist Accessible Housing, Inc. (MMAH), a not-for-profit corporation formed by Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC) to increase housing options for the physically disabled in Mississippi, worked to secure a section 811 program grant from HUD to build the complex.

JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center honored one of its most loved and valuable staff members with a birthday and anniversary party.

Fair, a golden retriever who is turning four, is celebrating two years of working with spinal cord and brain-injured patients at the Jackson hospital. He was trained by Canine Companions for Independence of Santa Rosa, Calif., to work with patients who have disabilities or limitations. He is one of only five facility dogs working in the organization’s eight-state Southeast region and the only one in Mississippi.