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NICoE Features and Articles

Managing Pain at the NICoE  
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 6/3/2014 
The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) provides service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and individually tailored outpatient evaluation and treatment program. Utilizing some of the latest available evidence-based technology, clinical knowledge and techniques, providers conduct a series of evaluations to determine what kind of pain a patient is experiencing upon arrival to NICoE. Providers assess how pain interferes with a patient’s overall functioning in order to create a targeted, individualized treatment plan for managing their pain.
Neuropsychology at the NICoE 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 3/27/2014 
At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the interdisciplinary, holistic, patient-centered approach to care for patients with co-morbid traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions, focuses on optimum healing (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) and utilizes more than 16 different disciplines. One of these disciplines is Neuropsychology, which is a field of Psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes by attempting to study, assess, understand and treat behaviors directly related to brain function.
Military Brain Injury Research Advancing Patient Care 
By: Joshua Stueve, as seen on Health.mil
Posted date: 3/25/2014 
Combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions are considered the invisible wounds of war, affecting thousands of service members and their loved ones each year.
Sleep Problems Associated with Brain Injury 
By: Dr. Anthony Panettiere, neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence
Posted date: 3/17/2014 
Advances in personal protective equipment have helped minimize injuries to the head, chest and abdomen, resulting in lower death rates among U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. What would have been a lethal injury to the head in the past, now, thanks to today’s combat helmets, for example, results in traumatic brain injury (TBI) instead. Here at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., we clinically treat, perform research and educate service members, their family and health providers on the best practices for handling the aftereffects of TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
NICoE Physician Receives SOCOM Patriot Award 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 11/21/2013 
BETHESDA, Md., November 21, 2013: Navy CAPT Robert Koffman, MC, Senior Consultant for Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Health at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), was awarded the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Patriot Award, presented by ADM. William McRaven, the commander of SOCOM. Koffman is an active duty Navy Psychiatrist assigned to the NICoE, which is the Military Health System’s (MHS) clinical research institute for service members adversely affected by the combination of traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress.
The Grand Opening of the NICoE Satellite Center at Camp Lejeune 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 10/15/2013 
On Wednesday, October 2, the Intrepid Spirit opened its doors at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Intrepid Spirit is a satellite center for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, MD, and is the second satellite center to be built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held to celebrate the successful partnership between the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Department of Defense working towards a common goal—superior care for service members who have suffered a combat-related traumatic brain injury.
Profile of a NICoE Psychiatrist: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychological Health Conditions and their Impact on Service Members 
By: The Strategic Communications team
Posted date: 8/15/2013 
The interaction of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions frequently results in a unique set of behavioral symptoms that can impair physical functioning, interpersonal relationships and an individual’s overall cognitive and emotional stability. As Dr. Linda Fuller, a board-certified psychiatrist at the NICoE, points out, “traumatic brain injury often goes hand in hand with anxiety and depression with profound grief for the losses our service members have experienced along the way”. With this in mind, the Behavioral Health program at the NICoE was designed to provide evidence-based care and treatment recommendations using VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines and aims at improving the overall health of all NICoE patients.
Streamlining the NICoE Audiology Program at the NICoE 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 6/19/2013 
Traumatic brain injuries can create a ripple effect throughout the body. As an institute for traumatic brain injury and psychological health treatment, research and education, physicians at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), address many of these corollary deficits experienced by service members. In the case of auditory (hearing and balance) deficits two audiologists, Lt. Jessica Snyder and Dr. JoManette Nousak, provide hearing healthcare treatment to the service members seen at the NICoE.
National Social Work Week at the NICoE 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 3/14/2013 
An interview with CDR Pettit and Ihsan Rogers – Social Workers at the NICoE
 
Social workers at the NICoE play a key role in fulfilling the clinical mission of the organization. They are responsible for providing family-focused therapy services and help manage a patient’s transition from the NICoE, ensuring he or she continues to receive the quality of care they came to expect from the NICoE.  Commander Wendy Pettit, United States Public Health Services, Acting Continuity and Family Services Chief and Ihsan Rogers, Continuity Manager, both contribute to managing different facets of the processes surrounding patient care.
NICoE-ECHO Project 
By: The Strategic Communications Team
Posted date: 3/7/2013 
ECHO is an acronym for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes.  Project ECHO was developed at the University of New Mexico (UNM) to enhance the state’s capacity to treat Hepatitis C within their own healthcare system. 
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