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PIONEERING FLORIDA BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION SPECIALIST OPENS FLORIDA INSTITUTE FOR NEUROLOGIC REHABILITATION

 PIONEERING FLORIDA BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION SPECIALIST
 OPENS FLORIDA INSTITUTE FOR NEUROLOGIC REHABILITATION
 WAUCHULA, Fla., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- William H. Burke, Ph.D., a Florida-trained certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) known nationally for his work with brain-injured children and adults, has opened The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc. (FINR) here.
 FINR assumed the operations today of the former New Medico Rehabilitation Center of Florida (NMRCF). FINR is leasing the 800-acre campus facility from the New Medico Rehabilitation System, Inc., of Lynn, Mass.
 Burke said FINR, one of the largest private employers in rural Hardee County, will have a capacity for 110 clients and will retain the facility's 140-person staff.
 "Clients and staff will see no change at all in the immediate future," Burke said. He said FINR will expand programs and add staff over the next 12 months.
 "FINR will however operate with a new mission. It is our intent to make the institute a national center for research and professional training in the field of brain injury rehabilitation," Burke said.
 Burke said that since New Medico opened the Rehabilitation Center of Florida in 1986 it has provided quality care to brain-injured children and adults from Florida and throughout the country.
 The facility will operate without large corporate overhead through the use of on-site managers to better manage costs, Burke said.
 "The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation is designed to furnish high quality care while functioning within the cost-containment pressures facing all health-care providers in the 1990s," Burke said.
 Burke, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Disability Consultants, is executive director. FINR is a corporation controlled by Joseph Brennick, a son of New Medico owner Charles Brennick. FINR has no corporate affiliation with and will operate independently from New Medico.
 Burke developed three of the earliest residential post-hospital brain injury rehabilitation centers in the country. He is a clinician, administrator, and university professor who has published over 40 professional articles. Burke is senior editor of Rehabilitation and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. He received his doctorate degree from Florida State University and a master's degree from the University of South Florida. He will reside in Wauchula.
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