Recognized as a national leader in the treatment of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, the brain injury service at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) was the first program of its kind established in the Midwest and has been helping people rebuild their lives since 1979.
Today, RIM treats more brain injury patients than any other program in the state. Our high patient volume and diverse patient population mean our team of experts is experienced in treating all types of brain injuries, including the most complex cases. Furthermore, recent data shows that upon completion of their hospital stay, RIM's brain injury patients have a very high return-to-home rate when compared to other rehab facilities and national statistics.
RIM's brain injury program has also earned the rare distinction of being federally designated as one of only 16 centers of excellence in the country for the treatment of brain injuries. Known as the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), this program is a joint partnership with Detroit Receiving Hospital. This unique partnership between an expert trauma center and a leading rehabilitation facility allows for efficient and continuous care of persons with brain injuries.
In addition, SEMTBIS conducts groundbreaking research in the field of rehabilitation medicine, sharing the resulting innovations with other brain injury providers worldwide. Clinical researchers study issues such as medication effects, course of recovery, psychological factors and treatment outcomes. This ongoing research is vital to future advances in the treatment and recovery of persons with brain injuries.
Another unique aspect of RIM's program is it's affiliation with the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University. Because RIM is part of a large academic health care system, patients have access to a variety of medical specialists and resources. This means each patient's care is managed from the initial acute care stage, through the rehabilitation stage, to the outpatient setting where follow-up services continue to assist patients in maintaining a healthy and independent lifestyle.