Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration between Sheltering Arms and VCU Health, has announced the grand opening of the Dallas Disbro Ability Center this month. This spinal cord injury and complex care recovery unit within the hospital features a dedicated gym with advanced rehab equipment and technology, patient education, nutrition and therapy rooms, and a Bioness vector track on the unit for gait training outside of the gym.
The unit is named in honor of Dallas by The Luck Family, who made a historic gift to the Capital Campaign for Convergence. “My wife Lisa and I were excited by the technology, sophistication, quality of life, and how this place will change lives forever,” said Charlie Luck, CEO of Luck Companies. “Dallas has been a true inspiration for so many, especially to those with spinal cord injuries. My family and I thought it was fitting that this specialty unit at Sheltering Arms Institute would bear his name.”
Dallas, a friend of The Lucks, survived a diving accident at age 26. He sustained a C5 spinal cord injury, which necessitates the use of a wheelchair most of the time. Following the accident, Dallas decided to live larger than his injury and give back to others with disabilities. After the surprise unveiling of the plans for the center in March, Dallas said, “I could not hold back the tears and was overrun with emotions… It was a moment that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I am truly honored and eternally grateful. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Dallas Disbro Ability Center and I look forward to being part of it!”
The spinal cord injury and complex care unit is one of four specialty units within the new hospital that provides state-of-the-science, individualized rehab care for various injuries and illnesses. The 212,063 square foot facility, constructed specifically for physical rehabilitation and research, has all private spacious patient rooms, a 9,251 square foot main therapy gym, and three satellite gyms, and state-of-the-art patient care technology and rehabilitation equipment.
“The Luck Family and Dallas Disbro exemplify the passion and commitment that Sheltering Arms Institute has for providing the best rehabilitative care and reinventing rehabilitation for life beyond limits,” said Alan Lombardo, CEO of Sheltering Arms Institute. “With input from experts, patients, and their families, we have created a hospital that is unique to the Mid-Atlantic region with the most advanced technology and environment for healing and recovery.
Sheltering Arms Institute is located on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park near Short Pump.
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ChildSavers expands school-based therapist program with Richmond Public Schools
A program expansion is offering more students in the Richmond-area access to mental health services in school.
ChildSavers recently added Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary, and J.H. Blackwell Elementary to its school-based therapy program.
School-based therapy increases access to trauma-informed mental health services by embedding clinicians in schools. ChildSavers’ partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched during the 2017-2018 school year with funding from the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant.
The nonprofit now serves 10 schools within the Richmond Public Schools system with therapists in Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle and Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Henry L. Marsh III Elementary (formerly George Mason Elementary), Overby-Sheppard Elementary and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary.
“Providing mental health services at school breaks down barriers and allows more students to access trauma-informed therapy,” said Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO and president. “The program is also an important opportunity to bring mental health resources to students of color, specifically Black youth. This is important work and we’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with Richmond Public Schools.”
ChildSavers uses school-based therapy as a critical tool to address racial disparities in mental health services among adolescents. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it. Black Americans are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, such as homelessness and exposure to violence.
Ninety-one percent of the youth served in the school-based program are Black.
Therapy sessions are held via Zoom to align with Richmond Public Schools’ virtual learning plan during the pandemic. Teachers, staff, and parents can refer students to the service and therapists are currently accepting new clients.
“Expanding the therapy program helps us create safer and more inclusive school cultures,” said Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent. “We see positive results in academics and social well-being in our schools with therapists. Not only are clinicians providing critical therapeutic services, but ChildSavers’ school-based teams are also serving as valuable resources for teachers and staff by helping them navigate challenging situations.”
For more information about ChildSavers, visit www.childsavers.org.
Voter Registration Deadline Extended to Thursday
If you couldn’t register to vote yesterday, you have until 11:59 PM on Thursday to get registered.
A federal judge Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote until 11:59 p.m. Thursday. This change comes after online voter registration and many other state services were left in the internet dark for a good portion of Tuesday after a construction project cut a very important cable in Chesterfield County. The deadline applies to in-person and online voter registration.
“What we have here is a case where somebody forgot to call Miss Utility in Chesterfield County,” said U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. during a brief hearing.