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CONNECT Communities to Bring its Brain Injury Rehab Services to Hamilton

Ontarians after brain injury or stroke will benefit from a contract Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) signed Nov. 3 with CONNECT Communities to provide community transitional services in Hamilton, Ontario.

CONNECT, with locations in Langley and Lake Country, BC, has more than 23 years of experience making lives better after brain injury and stroke. Hamilton marks the third location for the company – its first outside of BC.

CONNECT Hamilton is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 and will serve 42 residents.

"I have to give credit to HHS for seeing CONNECT as a valuable resource for people after brain injury and stroke," says Patti Flaherty, President and COO of CONNECT. "We couldn't be happier to bring our Life Redesign ModelTM to Ontario."

CONNECT responded to an RFP issued by HHS in late 2015 and was chosen as the successful proponent. It wasn't until last month, however, that both the HHS board and the board of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) voted to approve the proposal.

"HHS is very excited to welcome CONNECT to Hamilton," says Teresa Smith, Vice President Adult Regional Care and Executive Site Lead, Hamilton General Hospital, HHS. "We look forward to working with the CONNECT team to enhance access to high quality, patient and family centred care for the ABI and stroke populations."

CONNECT's Life Redesign ModelTM creates an opportunity for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) to redesign their realities and build independent lives in their homes and communities. Based on the principles of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to rewire itself), self reliance and community interdependence, CONNECT's model has improved transitional outcomes and reduces long-term costs dramatically for those served in BC.