Lakeview Blog

Lakeview Celebrates Extension of the VA TBI Pilot Program

Lakeview will take a moment of silence on Thursday August 14, 2014 along with our nation’s Veteran Heroes, to celebrate as President Barack Obama signs into law continued funding to rehabilitate veterans with traumatic brain injuries.  Last week, Congress passed a $16.3-billion VA bill that included a measure sponsored by Senators Cory Booker, D-NJ, and Dean Heller, R-NV, authorizing a three year extension for the VA TBI pilot program that provides assisted living and neurorehabilation to those with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, a program that has supported numerous veterans in Lakeview programs who have achieved successful outcomes from blast and brain injuries.According to the Department of Defense, more than 300,000 service members have suffered TBI since 2000, primarily from blast injuries.  Unfortunately, the injuries have become a grim signature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where improvised explosive devices were widely used to attack our service members.Lakeview is honored to be a contracted civilian provider providing neurorehabilatation and brain injury services in WI and NH to our returning service members. We have had the privilege to support and serve a number of service members in our programs, and have seen firsthand the benefit of continued neurorehabilatation focusing on community re-entry.Lakeview thanks our advocates, Wounded Warriors and Congress for their tireless work to ensure the supports and services we owe the men and women who serve our country.  For more information: Stars and Stripes

Lakeview Schools Add Compass Learning to Curriculum

In collaboration with Compass Learning personnel, both Lakeview Special Education accredited private schools (Waterford, Wisconsin and Effingham, New Hampshire) are implementing Compass Leaning tools.  The teachers, staff and administrators have completed the 5 hour training to implement Odyssey.  The Compass Learning Odyssey® suite of learning solutions includes lessons and activities that are based on current and confirmed research about the way today’s students think and learn.  Odyssey curricula for primary and secondary students facilitate differentiated and personalized instruction, while formative assessments and reporting tools help drive data-driven decision making (   Lakeview’s teachers have identified individual lessons for students based on instructional data and students will begin the New Year using the Compass Learning Odyssey Program as part of our on-going efforts to utilize best practices in education and treatment of youth with autism, TBI, behavioral challenges and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Congratulations to Lakeview’s Theresa Stevens, RN, MS, CRRN, CIC, Leader in Infection Control

Lakeview is pleased to congratulate Theresa Stevens, RN, MS, CRRN, CIC who has been recently elected to the Board of Directors for the South East Wisconsin Chapter of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Theresa’s appointment to the APIC Chapter Board of Directors is a great acknowledgment that helps showcase Theresa’s passion for improving patient care. Theresa serves as the Wisconsin facility’s Certified Infection Preventionist and continues to help guide our facility through improving our infection prevention and infection control practices. Theresa received her Associates Degree in Nursing from the College of Lake County, IL in 1980, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Milwaukee, WI in 1989, and her Masters of Science in Management and Business in 1993, from National Louis University, IL. She is Board Certified as a Rehabilitation Nurse and as a Board Certified Infection Preventionist. Her APIC SE Chapter 30 Board of Directors two- year appointment commenced 12/6/12.

Lakeview NH Director of Nursing to be Honored by NH Nurse’s Association

Anne Ulman, RN, BSN, Lakeview NH Director of Nursing, will be recognized at the October 18, 2012 Annual Convention of the New Hampshire Nurse’s Association.  Ms. Ulman will be the recipient of the NH Champion of Nursing Award, a statewide honor given annually to an individual who has had a positive impact on the profession of nursing.  The awardee is deemed to have contributed by demonstrating characteristics and practices that support individual nurses and the nursing profession, and is someone who has provided leadership and involvement in the nursing community.  Ms. Ulman has been the leader of nursing at Lakeview for many years, joining the organization in early 2003.  Under her direction, Lakeview’s depth and breadth of nursing services, including nurse and nurse’s aide fully staffed programs, 24/7 nursing coverage across all residential units, nurse administered medication rounds and team nurse health management, have developed to serve adults and youth with increasing medical complexity.  Along with leading a department of over 30 nurses, Ms. Ulman also spearheads facility-wide health and wellness initiatives and education and assists in coordinating Lakeview’s multi-specialty physician services.


Dr. Amanda Goza Now Lakeview NH Youth Program Director

Dr. Goza is Director of Lakeview's Youth Services, joining the organization with over a decade of clinical leadership and management experience. Dr. Goza received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and completed her APA accredited internship and fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia Hospital's Treatment Center for Children.


Lakeview Wisconsin’s Bariatric Specialty in Obesity Treatment

Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of obesity.  While many recognize the high rates of obesity and obesity-related health problems in the US population, Lakeview has focused on the risks and challenges of obesity among individuals with medically complexity, brain injury, developmental disabilities and other neurobehavioral disorders.  As a leader in the field, Lakeview’s full continuum of specialized, comprehensive bariatric services are delivered through a team-based, person-centered model.  Services include dedicated programs for children, adolescents and adults with obesity, from medically complex care in our hospital, to rehabilitation programs, and community integrated services in supported residences or through home health models.


Factors Influencing Post-Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation Treatment Outcome

Lakeview NH’s Director of Quality Improvement, Nicholas Cioe, PhD, CRC, recently presented his research on brain Injury treatment outcome at the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) conference in Miami.  Brain injury has a tremendous effect on the United States.  The medical system has a continuum of care available but many of these services are extremely expensive.  Despite the effectiveness of residential post-acute brain injury rehabilitation (PABIR) resistance to provide adequate funding remains because of a dearth of randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies demonstrating effectiveness.  Some research suggests observational trials are typically more representative of community samples and yield conclusions similar to RCT studies. 


Research on Biomarkers in Diagnosing TBI and PTSD

In response to an Army Small Business Technology Transfer Program RFP requiring university collaboration, Empirical Technologies, Inc. (ETI - an engineering firm) and the University of Virginia (UVA), have partnered to develop tools to differentiate between mild TBI and PTSD, using neurobiologically based biomarkers.   This research project, entitled ‘Non-Invasive Assay to Discriminate between Mild TBI and PTSD’, is a multi-center study under the direction of UVA School of Medicine leader in neuropsychology and concussion, Dr. Jeffrey Barth, at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) - Charlottesville, and involves former DVBIC-Charlottesville Site Director and current Research Coordinator, Dr. Tina Trudel (Lakeview COO and UVA Asst. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences).  This research is based on the literature on differences between psychological and concussive issues, wherein the measure of visual tracking was evident in the concussion literature (but not for PTSD), as well as the measure of postural stability wherein imbalance was associated with concussion in athletes, but again was not associated with PTSD.


Brain Injury Professional Special Issue on Neurotechnology

Dr. Tina Trudel, President/COO of Lakeview has been working within the Lakeview programs and field of neurorehabilitation, to increase the use and development of technology.  She recently edited a special issue of the North American Brain Injury Society’s (NABIS) publication ‘Brain Injury Professional’, featuring articles on applications of technology in neurorehabilitation.  Her Guest Editor column notes:

For the last few years, I have been privileged to serve on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the World Congress of Neurotechnology, which met in Rome in 2010 with representatives from around the world, presenting papers on topics that at times seemed more science fiction than science.   The World Congress is now the World Association of Neurotechnology and has evolved as an international on-line forum ( covering the areas of neuroresearch, neuropsychiatry, neuroplasticity, neurooncology and neurosurgery. Myself and others have sought a space for applied technology and neurorehabilitation within this realm of high-tech, heady science.  In this arena, technology transfer, venture capital, clinical trials, government approvals and intellectual property rights are as passionately discussed as any scientific findings, and clinical rehabilitation applications share the screen with nanobots carrying designer molecules across the blood brain barrier!


Lakeview Announces That Nicholas Cioe, PhD, Joins New Hampshire Operations as Director of QA

Lakeview is pleased to announce that Nicholas Cioe, PhD, has joined our New Hampshire operations as Director of QA commencing 09-17-2012.  Dr. Cioe recently served as Clinical Program Manager of the NeuroRestorative program in Paducah, KY in 2011-12, where he oversaw program development, leadership, scheduling, supervision, training, internal investigations and other aspects of clinical operations.  Previously, Dr. Cioe served as both a Rehabilitation Counselor in brain injury rehabilitation settings (2007-2011) and early in his career provided direct care to youth with neurodevelopmental disorders at the Sargent Rehabilitation Center of Rhode Island (2004).  Dr. Cioe was the Program Evaluator and Facility Information Analyst Consultant for the Evaluation and Developmental Center of Carbondale, IL, where he revised data and reporting systems, developed and established Information technology plans, and oversaw preparation for CARF accreditation.