Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ
May 20

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Former president Ronald Reagan said it best: “Sounds, whether we produce them or receive them, are an integral part of our lives. “


Even though every May since 1927 has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month, President Reagan made a proclamation on May 21, 1986 officially declaring its yearly observance. Better Hearing and Speech Month aims to raise awareness about communicative disorders and the treatments that are available.


Heightening public awareness is imperative in the fight against speech and hearing disorders. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million Americans aged 18 and older experience some form of hearing trouble, 7.5 million Americans have some issue using their voices and between 6-8 million Americans have some form of language impairment.


Hearing loss can be caused by head trauma, loud noise, diseases and viruses, genetics, aging, malformations, tumors, infection and otosclerosis. Speech disorders—such as apraxia, dysarthria, stuttering and aphasia—can be caused by ALS, dementia, Huntington’s disease, some cancers, brain injury and stroke.


Better Hearing and Speech Month’s 2015 theme is “Early Intervention Counts,” focusing on the importance of getting screened and taking preventative measures for hearing loss and speech issues. 


Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation has hearing centers in both the Pomona and Somers Point campuses. With advanced technology, a caring and qualified staff of professionals and a full-spectrum of hearing services, Bacharach offers quality hearing care for those with a wide-range of auditory issues.


Both hearing centers see patients of all ages—from newborn to geriatric. The services include complete evaluation services, auditory brainstem-evoked response testing, otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE), custom hearing aids, state-of-the-art digital technology, assistive listening devices, central auditory processing evaluations, computerized balance testing and education and support groups.


For speech-language complications, Bacharach has a speech pathology center that has licensed speech pathologists that are specialty trained to improve speech function and communication skills in adults and children.


At the speech pathology center, services include improving speech and sound articulation; refining language skills; evaluating and treating cognitive impairments, voice disorders and chewing and swallowing problems; working with employers, schools and the hearing center; and training on Dynavox and PECS systems for electronic communication.


To receive more information on the speech pathology center, call 609-748-5360. To contact the hearing centers, call 609-748-5370 for Pomona and 609-652-2244 for Somers Point. 


Pictured left to right: Janet Revelle, AuD, director of audiology; Lauren Reale, AuD; and Michele Bruno, AuD

May 12

American Stroke Month

Every May, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association sponsor American Stroke Month. Even though stroke is the number five leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, most people don’t automatically think of stroke as a top health concern. However, stroke affects every gender, age and ethnic background, so American Stroke Month aims to make people more aware of the disease and learn that it is preventable, treatable and beatable.









A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or a clot blocks the brain’s blood supply. Without the needed blood and oxygen, brains cells start to die, resulting in a loss of brain function. This causes weakness and numbness in limbs, dizziness, difficulty speaking and problems with vision. Immediate medical attention is necessary to limit the complications.


The Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s CARF-accredited stroke specialty program provides patients with a comprehensive team who create an individualized plan of care. The team includes a physiatrist, rehab nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, recreational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and case manager. 


Using state-of-the-art technology and specialized stroke treatments, Bacharach offers the best in stroke rehabilitative care and  patients make faster and more complete recoveries than the national benchmark. These specialized treatments include Vital Stim® swallowing therapy, Bioness upper and lower extremity electrical stimulation,  Biodex Unweighted Body Support System, driver re-education and much more.


To find out how you or someone you love could benefit from Bacharach’s stroke program, call (609) 652-7000.


Pictured: Maria Ramundo, Ph.D., clinical coordinator Bacharach's stroke team

May 05

Bacharach Hospital Foundation 2015 Golf Outing

Despite unseasonable chilly weather for May, there were still 108 golfers who braved the cold, showed up to the Linwood Country Club and came ready to play in the 24th annual golf outing in support of the Bacharach Hospital Foundation. 


This year’s event sponsor was Cape Bank, who generously added Bacharach to its list of 

community partners last fall. Cape Bank joined AtlantiCare, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi, Holy Redeemer and Innovative Risk Solutions as major sponsors of the event, which netted more than $83,000.


More than 125 wonderful organizations and individuals contributed to the event, including silver sponsors Brown Brothers Harriman, McPeak Investment Group, MEDHOST, Perskie Mairone Brog & Baylinson and Shore Medical Center.


The tournament was formatted as a shotgun scramble, meaning that all the foursomes teed off at the same time at different holes. The low-gross—number of strokes including penalties—winning team was Innovative Risk Solutions. The low-net—final score with handicaps deducted—winning team was Holy Redeemer.


Pictured from left to right: Jim Lowe, Bob Mairone, Erica Tomasko and Joe Chott

Apr 29

McPeak Joins Bacharach's Board of Governors


A warm welcome to Neil McPeak Jr., who recently joined Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s Board of Governors.  He is currently a financial advisor and certified financial planner practitioner (CFP) with the McPeak Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.


A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School. While there, he was captain of the rowing team his junior and senior years. Before he joined McPeak Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Neil trained with the U.S. Rowing National Team at their Olympic training center in Chula, California


Bacharach holds special meaning for Neil.  After he developed two bulging discs during his Olympic training program, Neil came back to New Jersey so he could explore treatment options closer to home. After doing extensive research, he and his family decided that rehab was the best option. Neil started a personalized rehab program at Bacharach that consisted of strengthening, core work, hamstring and glute work and soon he was standing and sitting more easily.  Currently, Neil enjoys rowing, biking and lifting weights.  Neil’s background and unique perspective will be a true asset to the Bacharach board.



Apr 22

Torticollis in Infants

Torticollis is a musculoskeletal condition affecting infants and babies that inhibits full head movement due to a shortened neck muscle. The head of a baby with torticollis tilts to the affected side with the chin rotated towards the opposite shoulder.


Congenital torticollis is the most common form. While it is present at birth, it typically takes several weeks for parents to notice something is wrong because babies don’t have control of their head at birth. Congenital torticollis is often associated with plagiocephaly, which is when one side of the head or face has a flattened appearance. The cause of congenital torticollis is undetermined, but theories suggest that intrauterine position, decrease in blood supply and trauma to the sternocleidomastoid muscle during pregnancy or birth could all be possible causes. 


Acquired torticollis typically occurs within the first four to six months of childhood. Children may develop this condition from sleeping with their neck in the wrong position or from 

any injury to the neck or head. Unlike congenital torticollis, there is no asymmetry to the face, and the condition is usually benign. However, treatment is still necessary because it can be a sign of more serious problems.


Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation offers physical therapy for babies with torticollis. A physical therapist will evaluate the strength and range of motion of the neck and arms, as well as 

assess motor skills. Along with physical therapy sessions, parents will be given at home exercises for their babies to stretch tight areas, work on increasing rotation and refocus alignment. With consistent treatment, patients will get 85 to 100 percent better in three to seven months.


If you are concerned that your baby may have torticollis, ask your pediatrician for a physical therapy prescription to evaluate your child.

Apr 15

Spring Lecture Series

Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s spring physician lecture series was designed to educate and inform our staff about current issues, technology and treatments available in rehabilitation. The spring lecture series will consist of three presentations taking place on March 31, April 8 and May 6.


On March 31, Dr. Priyesh Thakkar from Regional Nephrology Associates gave a presentation on hypertension. Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure, which is a common condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is too high. This can cause other health problems, particularly heart disease.


Bacharach’s own Dr. Marianne Sturr gave a discussion on April 8 about concussion management. As Director of the Brain Injury Unit at Bacharach, Dr. Sturr has a lot of experience treating patients who have sustained concussions. She recently received a subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine, making her an expert on evaluation and treatment of concussions.


The spring lecture series will come to an end on May 6 with Dr. Manish Trivedi, an infectious diseases specialist, giving a presentation on urinary tract infections (UTI). While mild UTIs are common, more serious symptoms will occur if the infection makes its way to the kidneys. He will review the protocols and procedures for treating UTIs in the rehabilitation setting.

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