Amputee Clinic - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana

 

Amputee Clinic

Our goal is to be a national leader in amputation rehabilitation

Our Amputee System of Care is committed to providing state of the art, holistic, interdisciplinary care to the Veteran and active duty service member with limb loss. Our program received the CARF Amputee Specialty Accreditation in 2009 and has been on the forefront for using the latest prosthetic technology. We have partnered with the Amputee Coalition to offer certified peer visitors and have other Amputee Coalition certified programs coming in the near future.

What can you expect when you come to the Amputee Clinic?

  • An interdisciplinary team and comprehensive evaluation by several clinicians:  a physician, a physical therapist/occupational therapist and a prosthetist.
  • Your concerns and goals will be discussed. YOU are a member of the team and will have input during the visit.
  • Please plan on bringing or wearing shorts to this appointment if you have a lower extremity amputation so that we can offer a full assessment.
  • Appropriate prosthetic candidates will receive a prescription for a prosthesis and will be able to use the vendor of his/her choice.
  • Followup appointments once you receive your prosthesis.

Additional Amputee Services

  • Telehealth followup
  • Drivers training
  • VA Wellness Clinic (YMCA classes)

Considering an amputation?

Has your medical team discussed the possible need for an amputation? The Amputee Rehab Coordinator, Anita Munoz-Boyle,  is available to speak with you if you are considering an amputation or have an amputation scheduled and want to know what to expect. Call Anita at (317) 988-4823.

Current Prosthetic Users and Amputeees

If you are service connected for loss of your limb, you may qualify for a prosthetic service card. The VA’s Prosthetic Service Card, or PSC, is a card issued to eligible veterans that allows them to go directly to a local (non-VA) source to obtain needed repairs for a VA issued wheelchair, orthopedic brace, blind aid, or artificial limb. A PSC should include each item that an eligible Veteran has obtained from the VA by the medical center's Prosthetic department.

You can pick up an application in the Prosthetics department. This card allows you to get service on prosthetic limbs when you are on travel. Get more information from Shaun O'Brien, (317) 988-4835.

Caregiver Support Information

We also offer Caregiver programs and your Caregiver support social workers are Mary Burns-Verbarg (317) 988-4891, Family Caregiver Services;  and Heather Moss (317) 988-3788 for general caregiver support services.

Caregiver Support Coordinators facilitate and coordinate our Caregiver Support Program, developed to support Caregivers - our partners - in ensuring the best care of Veterans. The program provides a wide range of services to Caregivers of eligible Veterans of all eras. There are two Caregiver Support Programs: 1) Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers; and 2) Support Services for General Caregivers:

  • Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers: available to Caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. These Caregivers may be eligible to receive a stipend, access to health care coverage, mental health counseling, and enhanced respite benefits, along with travel, lodging, and per diem as required during training or Veteran medical appointments. Caregivers of eligible Veterans are urged to apply for the Program through our web site (http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_benefits.asp). Caregivers may also apply directly using Form 10-10CG through the Family Caregiver Support Coordinator. Mary Burns-Verbarg, MSW, LCSW, at (317) 988-4891.
  • Support Services for General Caregiver: This program is available to Caregivers who do not meet the criteria for the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. A General Caregiver is defined as a person who provides personal care services to an enrolled Veteran who needs assistance with one or more activities of daily living or needs protection or supervision based on symptoms or residuals of neurological care or other impairment or injury. The Program of Support Services for General Caregivers includes providing coordination of VA services and programs that help Veterans and in turn provide relief to the Caregiver. These services include adult day health care, respite, home health aides, skilled nursing, home based primary care and adaptive equipment. Additional support services offered are Caregiver support groups, educational workshops, supportive counseling, and referral to VA and community based resources and programs. In order for a Veteran to identify an individual as his or her Caregiver, a Release of Information must be signed by the Veteran and processed by General Caregiver Support Coordinator, Heather Moss, MSW, LCSW, (317) 988-3788.Are you a Veteran with limb loss and looking for recreational activities or opportunities? Please click here for a list of upcoming events. Check back often for updates. 
  • Veteran Amputee Support Group:  Veterans, at various stages of limb loss, meet in a safe place to support, discuss and learn from each other and medical experts to explore life after limb loss, Q&A with professionals from Prosthetics, PT/OT, Nutrition and Psychology. 4th Thursday of each month, 1 - 2 p.m. on the 4th floor, E wing, STICC Conference Room (E4035).  Questions: (317) 988-4823.
     

Recreational Opportunities

Are you a Veteran with limb loss and looking for recreational activities or opportunities? 

September 8 -13, 2019 National Disabled Veterans Tee Tournament  www.tee.va.gov

Research

Please click here for links to the latest amputee and prosthetic research.

VA Center for Excellence and limb loss research web site

Prosthetic Department Staff

• Ernest “Mickey” Howard, MA, CO (Southern Tier VISN 11 Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab Supervisor): Mickey graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.  Soon after, he finished the graduate certificate program in Orthotics while attending the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Finally, he received a Master’s of Arts degree in Physical Education at Ball State University.   Mickey has extensive experience in the field and has worked for well-known companies, such as Boston Brace, Henry Ford Hospital, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

•  Jay Sciortino, CPO (Certified Prosthetist Orthotist): Jay graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

• Jaclyn Redar, MS, CP (ABC Certified Prosthetist): Jaclyn graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise & Sport Science and completed her Master of Science degree in Orthotics & Prosthetics at Eastern Michigan University.

• John Pridemore (Prosthetic Technician): John has worked in the Orthotics & Prosthetics field since 1995 as a technician.

Questions?  Contact Us:

Jay Sciortino, CPO
Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Phone:  317-988-9695

Jaclyn Redar, CP
ABC Prosthetist
Phone:  317-988-3722

 

INDIANA AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUPS 

  • AOI/Community Rehab Amputee Support Group
    7343 Clearvista Drive Indianapolis, IN 46256  (317) 585-5400
    Indianapolis Amputee Support Group  meets 1st Wednesday of every month
    Location: Conference Room A (basement) 500 N. Meridian St in Indianapolis, IN 46208 at 6:00 pm. http://www.indianapolisamputeesupportgroup.com/

  • Amputee Support Group through Franciscan Health Rehab Services at 8051 S. Emerson Ave, suite 100 Indianapolis  (317) 528-8111  or AmputeeSupportGroup@FranciscanAlliance.org

AMPUTEE RESOURCES LIST 

Contact Info

Location

  • VAMC, D wing, 4th floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 317-988-4823

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.