Pennsylvania Support Groups
Learning to cope with a spinal cord injury may be the biggest challenge ever faced by an SCI patient and his or her family. It is good to know that you are not alone in such a difficult situation. SCI support groups provide the opportunity to make friends with people undergoing similar challenges and also offer the opportunity to learn more about SCI and how to deal with it.
Different SCI groups have different focuses. For example, some groups focus on helping people recently injured cope with their altered lifestyle, while other groups focus on providing recreational activities for people with SCI. If you have the opportunity, investigate several SCI groups before deciding which you want to join. Some people may find that they benefit from belonging to more than one group.
Because support groups change or disband without notice, please call ahead to get the group’s latest information before you make a trip to their meeting place. We have endeavored to make the following list of SCI groups in Pennsylvania as complete as possible.
If you cannot find an SCI group in your area, you may want to consider establishing one. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association offers helpful information on starting your own support group, including information on starting a chapter of their organization:http://www.spinalcord.org/index.php. The Delaware Valley Spinal Injury Association can also provide information on starting your own group:
Delaware Valley Spinal Cord Injury Association
2610 Belmont Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131
Bruce McElrath at (215) 477-4946
Good Sheperd’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
If you are living with a spinal cord injury, Good Shepherd’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group allows you to meet and socialize with others with similar conditions. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. There is no cost and no doctor prescription is required.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
850 S. Fifth Street
Web site: http://www.goodshepherdrehab.org/spinal-cord-injury-support-group
Mimi Lang, spinal cord resource nurse, at (610) 778-9291.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
2005 Valley View Blvd.
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
Call for information on HealthSouth’s support groups.
Phone: (800) 873-4220
Central PA SCI Networking Support Group
Provides support and friendship for new and old injuries, their families and friends.
Web site: http://www.centralpasci.com/index.html
Hershey Medical Center SCI Support Group
Meets every month on the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. and is an informal support group for persons with SCI and their families. The activities include lively discussions, occasional speakers and vendor representatives.
Penn State-Hershey Medical Center
3 So. Dining Rm
500 University Dr.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033
Cindy Hulse, CRRN, at (717) 531-7010
HealthSouth Greater Pittsburgh Rehab Inpatient Support Group
Support group involves inpatients only.
Greater Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Hospital
2380 McGinley Rd.
Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 15146
Phone: (412) 856-2584
Kristy Nauman, P.T. SCI Program Coordinator, at (800) 695-4774 firstname.lastname@example.org
Magee Rehabilitation SCI Resource and Support Group
For more information call or contact Marie Protesto by e-mail.
6 Franklin Plaza, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
Phone: (215) 587-3174
Fax: (215) 568-3736
Web site: http://www.mageepeers.org/believe.php
Marie Protesto at email@example.com
HealthSouth Harmarville SCI Support Group
SCI and family support group meets every second Tuesday of the month 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in OT unit #1.
320 Guys Run Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15238
Phone: (412) 828-1300, Ext. 7235
HealthSouth Nittany Valley SCI Support Group
Bi-annual events and e-mail support. Call for more information.
HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital
550 W. College Ave.
Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, 16823
Traci Curtorillo at (814) 359-3421, ext.5658
Reading SCI Support Group
The support group meets the third Saturday of every month. Call for more information.
HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital
1623 Morgantown Road
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19607
Phone: (610) 796-6000
Robin Goodman at (775) 610-2466
HealthSouth – Rehabilitation Hospital of York
No formal group meeting but please contact Tammy Derk for SCI resources in the York, PA, area.
HealthSouth – Rehabilitation Hospital of York
1850 Normandie Dr.
Phone: (800) 752-9675
Tammy Derk at (717) 767-6941 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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