Idaho Doctors' Hospital Announces Idaho's First Traumatic Brain Injury Summit with Remarks by Senator Mike Crapo

May 14, 2013Press Releases

The Healing Center at Idaho Doctors Hospital is pleased to announce the first Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit to be held on Tuesday, May 28th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello. Senator Mike Crapo will present opening remarks for the summit and participate in a roundtable discussion and press conference. There will be an expert panel presentation followed by a question and answer session for members of the audience. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University, the Healing Center at Idaho Doctors Hospital, and the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital. The Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit will focus on finding solutions for Idaho residents who have experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury, also referred to as TBI, as well as prevention policies.

TBI is defined as one or more concussions caused by trauma (a bump, blow or jolt), such as when the head is forcefully hit by an object, when a person falls and hits their head, when a person is close to an explosion, or when an object penetrates the skull and comes into contact with brain tissue. Many members of our military, for example, have experienced TBI as a result of being near to an improvised explosive device when it detonated. Also, many athletes have received a TBI as have people in automobile accidents. Every TBI is unique, which requires individualized treatments. Unfortunately, the best medical care available has not provided a satisfactory method to achieve full recovery for many people who receive a TBI. Louis Kraml, CEO of Idaho Doctors Hospital and Bingham Memorial Hospital explained, “At the Healing Center, we believe better outcomes will be achieved by employing cutting edge research. Aegis of Bingham Memorial will identify treatments that have long lasting, positive effects. Bingham Memorial Hospital and Idaho Doctors’ Hospital are currently participating in a national study for which they are paying for all the costs. It is our way to express thanks and bring productive lives back to our country’s heroes.”

A comprehensive strategy for TBI is needed because it is a complex problem that not only impacts the health and functioning of the injured individual, but also their family members and employers. The CDC reports in the United States there are 3.5 million people who experience a TBI every year. According to the CDC, TBI is a contributing factor to 30.5% of all injury-related deaths in the United States. As such, we believe that TBI has reached epidemic proportions. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force reports that the national cost of TBI is estimated to be $60 billion annually. Idaho’s strategy for addressing the TBI epidemic must include education, prevention, early detection and intervention, provision of the most effective therapies and rehabilitation, as well as community health strategies. We cordially invite all members of the public and all other interested parties to attend the Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit on May 28th at 9:30 am in the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello. This event is free of charge. For more information contact Dr. Bernadette Howlett at the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital (208-782-2953).

Media Contact:

Bernadette Howlett, PhD

Director, Aegis Research Institute