Transition Support Program Manager
Laura O’Pry, RN, BSN, CCM, CRRN has over 13 years of experience working in both brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. She continues to work both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, while assisting patients with community re-entry. The positions Laura has held during her tenure at Shepherd include ICU nurse, staff nurse, and Nurse Educator. Currently, she serves as the Manager for the Transition Support Program. This position includes supervision of Transitional Support Case Management, Life Skills Training, Peer Support Programs and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. These departments work together collectively to maximize client and family independence and autonomy by providing education, guidance, and support upon discharge home to improve health and safety outcomes, ultimately preventing unnecessary re-hospitalization. Laura serves on the Utilization Review Committee and reviews records on each patient readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of inpatient discharge, critically examining healthcare services provided to patients prior to returning to the community. She supervised the PCORI Improving Health System Grant in 2016 with the focus to promote patient self-efficacy in an effort to reduce re-hospitalization. She is currently supervising a 3-year research grant aimed at supporting caregivers of people with brain injuries. Laura’s departments were featured in the Shepherd Center’s 2017 winter edition of the Shepherd Spinal Column, which is a quarterly magazine that features patient profiles, medical and treatment news, and research features. Laura provides many presentations to the community on behalf of the Shepherd Center regarding the value of transitional care post hospital discharge and its impact on reducing unnecessary hospital re-admissions.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST