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Brain Injury Awareness Month


Bayhealth joins the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month this March.

A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year.

To help raise awareness of brain injuries, Bayhealth neurosurgeon James Mills, MD; his wife and two daughters; Bayhealth Vice President, Ancillary and Clinical Services Brad Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FACHE; and Bayhealth Manager of Neurosurgery Denise Redden were among a group of constituents invited to the Tatnall Building in Dover to speak about brain injury awareness with Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Governor Markell also signed a proclamation declaring March to be Brain Injury Awareness Month in Delaware.

“One percent of Americans have a brain injury, so in Delaware that translates to roughly 10,000 people – a significant number,” Dr. Mills said. “Whether the brain injury is acquired or congenital – the support people need is the same.”

Dr. Mills also serves as President of the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, which held its 24th annual conference at Dover Downs on March 13. The conference focused on prevention, education, advocacy, support and featured Bayhealth as a sponsor of the event.

Aligned with national initiatives to reduce the inherent danger of contact/collision sports in high school athletes, Bayhealth also provides a concussion clinic and Immediate Post-Concussion and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) to area high schools. Dr. Mills’ daughter, a student at Caesar Rodney High School, also spoke with Gov. Markell about the 5k race she organized which raised over $8,000 to go toward refurbishing helmets for high school baseball players.

Left to right: Linda Dene, BIAD treasurer; Angie Mills; Channah Mills; Tracey Landmann, BIAD board member; James Mills, MD; Governor Markell; Rebekah Mills; Andrew Burdan, BIAD board member; John Knotts, Executive Director, DE Commission of Veterans Affairs; Brad Kirkes VP; Denise Redden, Bayhealth Neurosurgery Practice Manager; and seated from left: Albert Weir, Commissioner, DE Commission of Veterans Affairs; Dr. Ron Sarg, Vice Chairman, DE Commission of Vets Affairs; and Bill Farley, Commissioner, DE Commission of Vets Affairs.

Brad D. Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FACHE, Bayhealth Vice President of Ancillary and Clinical Services; and Effie Elliott, PT, DPT, FACHE; Director, Bayhealth Rehabilitation Services

From left: Olivia Washinski, RN, Neurosciences Nurse Navigator; Denise Redden, Practice Manager Bayhealth Neurosurgery; Donna Dixon, LPN; Crystal Cottle, MA; James Mills, MD; and Volha Komar PAC.


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