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Caring for Ukrainian War Victims

The Ben Taub and Henry J.N. Taub Foundation Helps Advance Patient Care, Education
and Research at Home and Abroad

A patient practices walking with his prosthetic in the H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The generosity of longtime donor, the Ben Taub and Henry J.N. Taub Foundation, is helping amplify Baylor’s impact at home and abroad near the battlefields of Ukraine. The Foundation has been a consistent supporter of the Henry J.N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine, which provides care at Ben Taub Hospital, one of the only Level I trauma centers in Harris County. The H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, one of the preeminent departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the United States, has also benefited from its steadfast support.

Part of the Foundation’s latest contribution to the H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is being used to assist in establishing rehabilitation centers of excellence in Poland and Ukraine to provide prosthetic and orthotic care to soldiers, civilians, and children affected by the ongoing conflict. Jared Howell, M.S., CPO, LPO, FAAOP, director of the Center for Prosthetic and Orthotic Care and Clinical Innovation and assistant professor in the H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is leading this effort along with Peter Lim, M.B.B.S., professor in the H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Howell, Dr. Lim, and other rehabilitation specialists in the Department are collaborating with prosthetists and orthotists from Poland and Ukraine, including providers from rehabilitation centers such as the Superhumans Center, the UNBROKEN Rehabilitation Center, and the Polytrauma Center of Excellence.

Together, they are developing standards, providing training, and creating long-term sustainable care models that enhance and expand care to vulnerable populations.

Through this collaboration, specialists were able to successfully treat and provide prosthetics to the project’s first group of Ukrainian soldiers last fall. In the future, these rehabilitation centers will help treat the tens of thousands of individuals with war-related trauma, amputation, and movement limitations in the region.