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Dear Chris: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the special care that was given to my mother, Evelyn DM during her stay in the month of February 2013. I want to thank you and your staff for the complete comfortable feeling I had while she was in your care. I wish all the patients that I got to know there were able to go home as well. Evelyn would like to go there to visit some of her acquaintances she made while she was there. She is doing remarkable, walking along with a cane. Whittier Home Health Care is providing their services to her. Again, thank you. Marion W. for Evelyn DM.


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Joan C. Breen, MD, Director of Day Rehabilitation Program

Director of Day Rehabilitation Program

Specialty: Neurology

Bradford, MA - Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Breen’s main focus is on improving the functional outcomes of neurologic patients living in the community.  Return to driving and employment are goals for many stroke survivors. Few outpatient programs report results of: return to driving, employment, functional outcomes, and blood pressure control. Dr. Breen’s recent study, which spans three years, followed 81 stroke patients and quantified their improvement using Whittier’s interdisciplinary outpatient program that addresses risk factors, physical, psychosocial, cognitive, communicative and vocational issues.

Their Community Based Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program achieved excellent outcomes including return to work, driving, improved blood pressure control, and other rehabilitation outcomes. 
Outcome data showed that their community-based team rehabilitation program successfully combined blood pressure, cardiovascular risk factor education and treatment with rehabilitation to maximize return to work, driving, community re-entry, blood pressure control, endurance, mood, and overall stroke recovery. 
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Dr. Breen graduated Cum Laude in Biology, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA and Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Miriam Hospital, Brown University, her Neurology Residency and a fellowship in Cerebrovascular Disease at Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Breen has recently been active as Medical Director of the Neurology Day Rehabilitation Program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital as well as Medical Director for the Seacoast Visiting Nurse Home Health Agency in North Hampton, NH. Dr. Breen has led Whittier’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program since 2007.

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Our professionals work 24-hours a day to provide the highest quality care. The staff represents a wide range of specialties, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and nutritionists. Together they create a restorative program suited to individual needs and then work to maximize the potential of their patients each day of their stay.

Your physician, in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, will develop an individual program of restorative care for you. It is our goal to provide all of our residents with an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

We have built our reputation on our quality nursing, medical and therapeutic team. The care and services they provide not only meet, but surpass state and federal guidelines.

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