What is a Model System?
The Model Systems program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), provides assistance through federal funding to establish innovative projects for the delivery, demonstration and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational and other rehabilitation services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). NIDRR awards SCI Model System grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern Memorial Hospital (also known as the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System) has been chosen by NIDILRR as one of 14 SCI Model System Centers that will work with other Model System Centers across the United States to demonstrate improved care, maintain a national database, participate in independent and collaborative research, and provide continuing education relating to spinal cord injury.
Who directs the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System?
The Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS) is led by David Chen, MD, medical director of the spinal cord injury rehabilitation program at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Allen Heinemann, PhD, Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes at RIC. The project is a collaborative effort of RIC and the acute spinal cord injury program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH).