Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital to host Kids Day activities in partnership with the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation

Sarah Jane Brain Foundation In The News


Contact: Molly Nance
Director Marketing & Strategic Planning
402-483-9572 or

May 21, 2011

Lincoln, Neb. – Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital will host an outdoor Kids Day event on Saturday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. The family-friendly learning event will take place in Madonna’s east parking lot, outside the entrance to The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, 5401 South Street. Presented in partnership with the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha, Safe Kids Coalition Nebraska, Brain Injury Association of Nebraska and ThinkFirst Madonna, the event is FREE and open to the community.”

Activities include:
* Adaptive sports demonstrations, including wheelchair basketball
* Free crafts, games and activities, such as face painting
* Information booths and presentations, such as how to prevent sports concussions and other injuries and where to get the best possible care when accidents happen.
* Video presentations with representatives from the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation who are organizing a national network to implement a seamless system of care for all children and young adults with pediatric acquired brain injury (PABI).
* Tours of the all-new Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital (1:30 and 2:15 p.m.)
* Play in the all seasons Woods Family Therapeutic Playground

In 2009, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital was named the State Lead Center of Excellence for the PABI (Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury) plan for Nebraska to implement the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) developed by the National Advisory Board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. Madonna represents the state in efforts to expand research, develop protocols and build awareness of PABI, the leading cause of death and disability for children under 15 years of age in the United States. More than 3 million new cases resulting in 643,000 emergency room visits, 80,000 hospital admissions, 17,000 permanent disabilities and 12,500 deaths occur each year to children and young adults up to 25 years old in the United States. The mission of the Sarah Jane Brain Project is to fully fund and implement the National PABI Plan, which creates a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care that is universally accessible for all children and young adults with PABI, regardless of where they live in the nation.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital opened The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in July 2011 with $1.2 million funding by the Git-R-Done Foundation. The new facility provides the most advanced rehabilitation care for children from infant to 18-years of age. The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital at Madonna is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission as a Pediatric Specialty Program in areas of comprehensive inpatient hospital, brain injury, spinal cord injury and comprehensive outpatient programs.


Madonna’s approach to rehabilitation is much more than just therapy, it’s rebuilding lives and families; and putting hopes and dreams back together. Through internationally accredited rehabilitation programs, Madonna provides individualized treatment to help every patient heal and ultimately live life to the fullest. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 5401 South Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506; 402-489-7102;