Center for the Intrepid 

The CFI was born in the spring of 2005 when Arnold Fisher and the Board of Directors of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes proffered a rehabilitation facility. Secretary of the Army Harvey accepted the proffer and funds for the facility were received from over 600,000 Americans. Ground was broken for the four story, 65,000 square foot outpatient rehabilitation facility and two new, 21 handicap- accessible suite Fisher Houses on 22 September 2005. The ribbon cutting for the CFI and the new Fisher Houses was held on 29 January 2007 and patient care began in the facility on 15 February 2007.

 

The threefold mission of the CFI is to provide rehabilitation for OIF/OEF casualties who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss, to provide education to DoD and Department of Veteran's Affairs professionals on cutting edge rehabilitation modalities, and to promote research in the fields of Orthopaedics, prosthetics and physical/occupational rehabilitation. The staff and equipment for the building were selected to provide the full spectrum of amputee rehabilitation as well as the advanced outpatient rehabilitation for burn victims and limb salvage patients with residual functional loss.    

 

Through the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team, we provide state-of-the-art amputee care, assisting our patients as they return to the highest levels of physical, psychological and emotional function.

The CFI is under the command and control of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at BAMC. Lieutenant Colonel  Brandon Goff, MD (PM&R physician) is the director and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Alderete, MD (Orthopaedic Oncology Surgeon) is the medical director/chief surgeon. The partnership between the Department of Orthopaedics and the Department of Rehabilitation is a one of a kind interaction made possible by the CFI's existence in the DoD. The removal of financial factors and competing interests makes this multi-disciplinary program truly patient-centric with all members involved striving for the optimal outcome.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Rehabilitation

Patients are challenged and reconditioned by a team approach integrating the following:

  • Physical medicine

  • Case management

  • Behavioral medicine

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physical therapy

  • Wound care

  • Prosthetic fitting and fabrication

  • Demanding sports equipment

  • Virtual reality systems

Innovative Technologies

Patients have access to several highly advanced technologies that allow them to rehabilitate  in an efficient, effective and entertaining environment:

  • The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) - provides virtual reality training

  • The Motion Analysis Lab - allows specialists to detect gait deviations not discernable to the naked eye

  • The Firearms Training Simulator - reacquaints patients with their weapons systems

  • The Flowrider - integrates balance, core strength training, and excitement into the rehabilitation process. 

In-House Prosthetic Fitting and Fabrication

The CFI has its own department  dedicated to the fitting and fabrication of prosthetics. The engineers and designers are on the cutting edge of prosethetic fabrication and have created numerous patents and innovations. This department utilizes technology such as osseointegration which involves direct skeletal attachment of prosthetic limbs.

Funding provided by the San Antonio Military Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Alumni Association.

410.494.4994

SAMMCAA@datatrace.com

110 West Road, Suite 227 

Towson, MD 21204

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