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Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is Looking for Amputee Peer Mentors

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Peer Support Program provides patients and caregivers with a sense of social support, while providing practical information and tools to learn how to adapt and re-enter the community with their disability.

And they need your help.

The Peer Support Program is looking for people who have successfully adapted to living with an amputation for 2 or more years and who have a desire to give back to the community to become volunteer Amputee Peer Mentors.

Magee's monthly Peer Support Programs are patient-driven groups that present different topics at each of their monthly meetings, such as assistive technology and travel. For the newly injured and their families, this connection to Peer Mentors and support groups is beneficial to their emotional recovery in a variety of ways, including:

- Providing a safe, supportive, and confidential atmosphere where one can openly express feelings in a non-judgmental environment

- Teach coping skills and strategies.

- Reassure individuals that they are not alone during their difficult times

- Provide a place to make friends who are experiencing similar circumstances

- Gain invaluable knowledge from someone who has experienced situations similar to the individual.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to the next Peer Training Sessions, being held on Tuesday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. You must attend both sessions to complete the training. Lunch will be provided.

For more information contact Magee's Peer Coordinators Office at 215-587-3174.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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