The One Fund Boston, the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) recently announced the creation of the One Fund Center, a collaboration offering ongoing care to those affected by the often invisible, yet persistent injuries sustained during the Boston Marathon bombings. The One Fund Center will bring together resources and medical expertise from the MGH, MEEI and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to coordinate personalized care and support for the injured and their families, evaluate and address the limitations created by physical injuries and invisible wounds, and work toward increasing the overall health and well-being of those affected by the tragedy.
Created with $1.5 million from the One Fund Boston, the One Fund Center will serve patients who have had difficulties with tinnitus – persistent ringing in the ears – and other hearing-related problems; mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety; and traumatic brain injury and its associated symptoms such as headache, and difficulties with cognition and balance.
“Much like veterans who can suffer adverse effects after returning from combat, many of those who were near the site of the marathon bombings continue to experience a wide range of complex issues,” says John Herman, MD, associate chief of the MGH Department of Psychiatry and a member of the advisory panel for the One Fund Center. “The physical and psychological scars of such a significant and tragic event often require long-term, coordinated treatments to help alleviate the lingering debilitating effects.”
MGH psychiatrist Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD, medical director of the One Fund Center, says the center will serve as an additional resource for patients. “We recognize that the path to recovery is a collaboration involving every aspect of a patient’s care and well-being.
It is our hope – and ultimate goal – to offer as many options as possible for survivors to successfully manage and recover from the lasting effects of this tragedy.”
In coordination with MEEI, care for hearing loss and tinnitus will involve medical evaluation, state-of-the-art testing, acupuncture and stress management techniques. The MGH will respond to ongoing mental health needs and, in conjunction with Spaulding, offer support and services to those suffering from traumatic brain injury.
The One Fund Center also will collaborate with the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine to help patients learn relaxation response elicitation techniques, stress awareness and coping strategies and will draw upon the expertise and experience of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program.
For more information about the One Fund Center, contact One Fund Boston at 855-617-FUND.
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