New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Celebrates National Rehabilitation Week

9/17/2016 - 9/25/2016
Location: New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
335 Brighton Avenue Portland Maine 04102

Nearly 70% of people in the United States will experience some type of rehabilitation in their lifetime. From September 17-25, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland will be celebrating the contributions of disabled people and the positive impact of physical rehabilitation during National Rehabilitation Week. This year, our National Rehabilitation Week celebration them is “The Power of Rehabilitation, “ and we have planned events to celebrate our Superheroes: our staff, patients, and their families.   We will also be raising money for The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. It also works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities.

Our first event, on Saturday, September 17th, is an Instrument Petting Zoo from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in our Café Brighton.  This event is being held in conjunction with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  What is an Instrument Petting Zoo?  It is an opportunity for children to touch, play and hear instruments with demonstrations by professional musicians. About 600 people experience the petting zoo during each of the three Discovery Concerts per season. What instruments? Violin, Viola, Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpets, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba and assorted Percussion instruments.

On Monday, September 19th, Walt and Ellie Christie will join us to share their amazing comeback story, as told in Walt’s Book, Rising Above the Wave. In 2011, Walt suffered a stroke on a flight over Japan at the same time that Japan was experiencing an earthquake and tsunami. As Japan recovered, Walt, Ellie, and their family faced their new reality with courage and resilience, returning home to Maine to rehabilitate and rebuild their life. 

Tuesday, September 20th: Rehabilitation gets you back in the game!  Sports and recreation can be a major part of helping our patients return to independence.  Our 1st ever Cornhole Tournament will be held from 12:00-1:00 in our back parking lot with staff, former patients, and local celebs.  Along with the game will be our Abilities Fair, featuring displays from local recreational groups, including Basics Fitness; Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training at Pineland Farms; Maine Adaptive; Brain Injury Voices; and Back in the Maine Stream.

Wednesday, September 21st: Our inspirational Patient Awards Ceremony will run from 3:30-5:00 in Café Brighton, celebrating the achievements of our patients, who truly are superheroes.

Thursday, September 22nd: At NERHP, we are fortunate to have many artists among our patients, staff, and friends of the hospital, and our walls are lined with their beautiful work. At our Artists’ Tea from 4:00-6:00 in Café Brighton, we celebrate their contribution to the hospital. This year’s special guest, Hilary Zayed, is an NERHP volunteer who teaches our Friday Art Class. Hilary’s latest achievement is a book, Reinventing Oneself After Loss An Artful Insight, chronicling her journey with art after Brain Injury.

On Friday, September 23rd, our therapy dogs will visit and bring their very special superpower, the ability to make everyone around them happy. 

On Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th, NERHP is sponsoring the PSO Pops! Classic Rock concerts, featuring hits by Kansas, Heart, Boston, Pat Benetar, and more!

These events are open to the public; for more information, contact Kellie Selberg at 662-8082 or

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Kellie Selberg

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Kellie Selberg

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