United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Long Beach Healthcare System

Spinal Cord Injury/ Disorder HCG (SCI/D)

About the Program

Chief: Sophia Chun, MD
Nurse Leader: Suzy George, RN
Phone: 562-826-5701

SCOPE OF SERVICES
The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Health Care Group (SCI/D HCG) has a long history of excellence in the provision of specialty care, education, and research. Our modern facility is named after Dr. Ernest Bors, our first chief and a pioneer in the field of SCI medicine. We believe that excellence in patient care requires that:

  • Comprehensive patient care addresses the medical, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, vocational aspects of patients and their families;
  • A continuum of accessible services be provided;
  • Patients and families be involved in their care and be provided with hope, acceptance and mastery of their lives.  

Our team of experienced healthcare professionals includes physicians, surgeons, urologists, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse case managers, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, a registered dietitian, recreation therapists, kinesiotherapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, vocational rehabilitation therapists and respiratory therapists and speech therapists.

HIGHLIGHTS OF SERVICES OFFERED

SCI Inpatient Services:
Our Inpatient Staff offer exceptional health care services coordinated by experienced and compassionate SCI Specialists, nursing staff and therapists who specialize in providing personalized attention to the veterans they serve.  Call our toll free number to inquire about a referral.

  • Inpatient medical
    • Medical management of all medical issues that can be associated with an acute spinal cord injury such as respiratory, musculoskeletal issues.
  • Inpatient surgical care
    • Urological and pressure sore/wound intervention.
  • Inpatient Ventilator/Pulmonary care
    • Specialty staff providing medical treatment to ventilator dependent persons.
  • Rehabilitation program (CARF Accredited):
    • For newly injured or diagnosed persons or those with new functional goals. Rehab Team includes:  physician, case managers, physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiotherapy, recretation thrapy, social workers, and vocational rehabilitation therapists.
  • Inpatient Annual Evaluation: 
    • Yearly evaluation addresses SCI mobility issues, general health care, cardiovascular, urological, respiratory, as well as other medical and psychosocial needs.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Care:
    • Patient services address medical intervention and therapies for recovery of strength, endurance and function as well as development of compensatory skills. Medical and therapy components are enhanced with the integration of social service.  The MA Service maintains close ties with LBVA Neurology Department as well as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to further benefit patients through access to organized activities and programs.
  • Psychological and Social Work service

SCI Outpatient Services:
Our Outpatient Clinics offer exceptional health care services coordinated by experienced and compassionate primary care providers and nursing staff that specialize in providing personalized attention to the veterans they serve.  Clinics are accessible to individuals with physical impairments and disabilities.

  • Primary Care (M-F, 8am – 4:30 pm, appointment needed): 
    • Our goal is long-term maintenance of health and fitness. Treatment promotes general health care and wellness with a focus on preventing secondary health conditions and functional losses.

Physician health examinations include:

  • Cardiovascular risk assessments
  • Cancer screenings (colorectal, prostate, lung, skin)
  • Blood chemistry analysis (cholesterol, lipids, glucose, thyroid )
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Hearing and audiometric testing (referral)
  • Vision screening for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration (referral)
  • Immunizations (influenza, pneumonia, tetanus)
  • Lifestyle consultation that addresses exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, injury prevention
  • Annual Physical Evaluation (appointment needed):
    • Yearly evaluation addresses SCI mobility issues, general health care, cardiovascular, urological, respiratory, as well as other medical and psychosocial needs.
  • Urgent Care Clinic (established patients - no appointment needed)
    • Monday – Friday Clinics, 8am – 4:30 pm (same day appts.)
  • Urology Clinic (appointment needed): 
    • Urinary Track Symptoms, Cystoscopy, Urodynamics, and Lithotripsy.
  • Shoulder Clinic (appointment needed):
    • The clinic offers evaluation and therapeutic intervention in the prevention of upper extremity overuse phenomenon.
  • Personal Care Services (By referral only)
  • Diabetes Clinic (appointment needed)
    • The Diabetes Clinic was developed to improve the cardiovascular survival of people with SCI through prevention, management and treatment.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Program (by referral only)
    • Pressure ulcer/Wounds treatments addressed through high pressure oxygen treatment (by referral only).
  • Hypertension Clinic (appointment needed):
    • The Hypertension clinic was developed to improve the cardiovascular survival of people with SCI through prevention, management and treatment.
  • Psychological  Services (by referral only):
    • For people with SCI and their families, counseling on issues related or unrelated to SCI.  These may include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, social issues – dealing with other people, sexuality marital interaction, motivation, panic, pain, etc.
  • Social Work Services (by referral only):
    • For people with SCI and their families; counseling and assistance with issues related or unrelated to SCI.

SCI THERAPY SERVICES:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Kinesiothrapy
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy and Counseling
  • Driver Training
  • Recreation Therapy Program
  • Wheelchair Evaluation & Repair
  • Prosthetics Service

Web sites:
The following is just a small listing of the many Web sites (and phone numbers when available) related to spinal cord injury and disorders. This will get you started and linked to other sites that may be of interest.
California Paralyzed Veterans Association - http://www.calPVA.org
Ph# (562) 826-5713
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) - http://www.pva.org
Ph# (800) 424-8200
Mission:  quality health care, rehabilitation and civil rights for veterans and all citizens with spinal cord injuries and diseases. PVA offers numerous publications, fact sheets and clinical practice guidelines for SCI and supports research

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Resource Center - http://www.paralysis.org
Ph# (800) 539-7309
The goal is to help people navigate the chaos of paralysis with reliable information and a message of hope.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association - http://www.spinalcord.org
Ph# (800) 962-9629
Educates and empowers persons with a spinal cord injury/disease.

The Spinal Cord Injury Information Network - http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu
Located at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, provides detailed information on any topic related to paralysis.

Care Cure Community - http://www.sciwire.com
Offers bulletin boards on SCI and other information.

Craig Hospital - http://www.craighospital.org
Federally supported educational materials are available online with an emphasis on aging with a disability.


Services

Services
Dental Service
Medical Patient Services
Mental Health Care
Pharmacy
Primary Care
Research
Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders
Surgical Patient Services
Comprehensive Rehabilitation
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Diagnostics & Molecular Medicine
Human Resources
Library Services
Patient Business Office
Patient Education
Pastoral Care
Social Worker
Veterans' Affairs
Veterans & Family Assistance