President signs law designating TIRR Memorial Hermann as “National Rehabilitation Innovation Center”

TIRR Memorial Hermann is honored to be designated as a national rehabilitation innovation center as a result of legislation passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Jan. 5, 2023.

The Dr. Joanne Smith Memorial Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act of 2022 recognizes a leading class of pioneering rehabilitation research facilities across the country, including TIRR Memorial Hermann, which set the standard for ongoing study and patient care. Most importantly, the act ensures industry best practices and cutting-edge research are disseminated broadly to enable maximum patient outcomes. “From the earliest foundational days providing rehabilitation to individuals affected by polio, TIRR Memorial Hermann has been known for embracing innovation within our clinical, education, research and advocacy efforts. We join our colleague institutions in gratitude to all in Congress for this national designation and with reflection on the responsibility this brings,” said TIRR Memorial Hermann Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Abbott. “We will continue furthering the field as we create hope for the most complex patients, teach future clinicians, redefine medical