Stroke Survivors Head Off to Camp

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 | 0 comments

About 100 stroke survivors and caregivers boarded buses at the Sutter Cancer Center Friday, Sept. 27, that were taking them to the 11th annual Sutter Stroke Camp at the Silver Spur campgrounds in Tuolumne.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

Founded and organized by the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, the Sutter Stroke Camp was the first of its kind in the United States and has spawned other, similar stroke camps across the nation. The camp begins on Friday evening and ends Monday morning, when the campers catch buses back to Sacramento. Read More

Adora Matthews, M.D. Appointed Medical Director of Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Adora Matthews, M.D.

Adora Matthews, M.D.

Adora Matthews, M.D., has been appointed as Medical Director for the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute (SRI). Dr. Matthews comes to SRI after a two-year stint as medical director for Carolina’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence, S.C., a 42-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation facility.  She previously served as medical director for 13 years and associate medical director for two years, at the 88-acute bed inpatient hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence, S.C.

Dr. Matthews received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., and attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her residency in physical rehabilitation medicine at the University of California Los Angeles Multi-Campus Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident Training Program in Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. Matthews is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

As medical director for SRI, Dr. Matthews will provide and supervise the medical care provided; consult on patients in need of acute physical rehabilitation to provide input into therapy services; provide leadership in strategic planning, program development and research; and serve as a consultant for other hospital programs that interface with SRI.

Occupational Therapist Helps Patients Live Life to Fullest

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 | 0 comments


Brandy Cosgrove, Occupational Therapist, Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

The field of occupational therapy had never occurred to Roseville resident Brandy Cosgrove, occupational therapist (OT) at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute. Instead, she pursued studies to become a physical therapist.  She became interested in this line of work as a teenager in high school after a friend’s father had accidentally fallen off a roof and became paralyzed.  Cosgrove saw first-hand how the therapists interacted with the father and the family.

During her studies she job shadowed an OT and fell in love with this profession. She quickly changed from physical therapy to occupational therapy in order to work with patients who had been injured or had suffered a debilitating illness.  While Cosgrove mostly works with patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, she also works with stroke patients and other patients who have undergone orthopedic repairs.

Traumatic brain injury comes from an impact to the head from a direct blow or from sudden movement such as severe shaking. Most patients suffered Read More