With a culture of caring and more than 50 years of excellence in disability treatment, Magee Rehabilitation is a renowned provider of healthcare services for workers’ compensation injuries.
If appropriate, our return-to-work plan begins on the day of admission. Our team of rehab professionals is focused on helping each patient achieve his or her highest level of functioning.
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Brain Injury/Concussion
- Multiple Trauma Injury
- Complex Orthopedic Injury & Joint Replacement
- General Rehabilitation
- Dual Diagnosis (Spinal Cord Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury)
- Ventilator Weaning
- Wheelchair/Seating Clinic
- Worksite Safety Evaluations & Ergonomic Training
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
- Assistive Technology
- Upper Limb Clinic
- Comprehensive Outpatient Evaluation
What Sets Magee Apart?
Magee is nationally recognized for providing outstanding outcomes for the most medically complex patients. Magee partners with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to form one of only 14 federally designated Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers in the country. We offer the full continuum of care, including inpatient, outpatient and Day Rehab programs. We also offer a community-based Wellness Program and Gaining Ground, an activity-based neurological recovery program.
- Art Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Spirituality Center
- Community Skills Center
- Concierge Services
- Lifetime Follow-up Clinic
- Patient & Family Teaching
- Support Groups & Peer Mentors
- Vocational Counseling
These days Dr. James Isenberg is a familiar face at Magee Rehabilitation. The mathematician and college professor is often seen motoring down the hall in a power wheelchair with his signature Boston Red Sox hat. He and his wife, Pauline, are part of the Magee family and regulars at Magee events celebrating patient successes, raising funds for support services and interacting with staff.
There was a time, however when Jim first came to Magee that his demeanor was not so positive.
Once Jim was ready for rehabilitation, Pauline’s job in Washington, DC drove their initial search there, however, after careful research, the Isenbergs chose Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. “Magee’s specialization in spinal cord-injured patients with a ventilator, and their connection with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Neurorecovery Network, gave us confidence this was the best place for Jim. We also noted that Magee has a very active rehabilitation program for patients like Jim,” recalls Pauline. Read MoreRead More
Daniel Gaines came to Magee for rehabilitation after being injured on the job while working as an arborist.
The accident left the 24-year-old with both spinal cord and brain injuries. As a patient at Magee, Daniel participated in multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment, including physical, occupational, speech, recreational, and art therapies.
When Daniel first arrived at Magee, he was dependent on a ventilator to help him breath and had no sensation. His initial occupational therapy goals were very basic: tolerate being upright without feeling dizzy and begin use of his arms and hands for self-care and feeding. The use of assistive technology was key in helping him accomplish tasks of feeding himself, holding a toothbrush and washing his face. His left hand was actually stronger than his right, so the therapy team focused on helping him adjust to using his non-dominant hand for things like cell phone and computer use.
Physical therapy focused on several things. Initially the goal was for Daniel to be able to tolerate sitting upright throughout the day, to hold his head up without support, to be able to sit with less support, and to initiate weight bearing through both legs. He did have some movement in his left leg. As time went on, he became stronger and his goals progressed to standing, walking, and even climbing stairs. His determination and willpower remained consistently strong throughout.
Art therapy became an integral part of Daniel’s weekly therapies, which was surprising to him, as he had little prior experience with art. Painting with his non-dominant hand was a challenge, but it helped Daniel work toward his fine and gross motor skill goals, as he learned to depend on this hand for all activities of daily life. His paintings reflect his love of nature and were later used to create note cards for Magee.
Today, Daniel resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his Dad. He continues therapy on an outpatient basis and is able to walk independently. He continues to work on his cognitive skills to prepare him for future school and work.
Prior to his injury, Daniel was an avid hiker and had enjoyed hiking in many beautiful places across the United States. Among his favorites are the Wasatch and Uintah mountain ranges of Utah, where he hiked with friends as well as solo. Daniel continues to enjoy hiking with a walking stick. An active outdoorsman, his goal is to return to school to complete a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management with a focus on disability services. He’d like to find ways to improve the adventure experience for people with disabilities.Read More
Magee’s Workers’ Compensation Team Members
Ruth Burnett, BSN, CRRN, CCM, CDMS, WCCM-MD
Ruth Burnett, BSN, is a Registered Nurse, Certified in Rehabilitation (CRRN), Case Management (CCM), and Disability Management (CDMS). Her experience includes workers’ compensation Medical Quality Assurance, Medical Care Coordination, and Case Management.
As Magee’s very first Worker’s Compensation Nurse Navigator, Ruth provides a guiding light for patients navigating the already complex world of rehab with the added intricacies of attorneys, insurance adjusters, and employers. She serves as a liaison from the rehab team, proactively providing updates on each patient’s progress with all involved.
Ruth’s background as a nurse, along with years working in case management and disability management, bring a unique sensitivity to her current role. Ruth joined the Magee Rehabilitation team in 2016.
Remi Ojumu, MSW
Remi Ojumu, MSW, joined the staff of Magee in 2003. In her role as Workers’ Compensation Case Manager, Remi acts as a liaison between the care team and the external workers’ comp case manager, providing updates on the treatment plan, patient progress and expected discharge needs. Remi works collaboratively with Ruth Burnett, Magee’s Workers’ Compensation Nurse Navigator, as well as the Magee care team, to control costs while working towards the best possible patient outcome.
Remi’s areas of interest include disability management and spinal cord injury, and she has presented nationally on these topics. Remi holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Arcadia University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers, and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.