The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Certified as ATCQA Teaching Center
November 20, 2012 -
In recognition of the Burke Rehabilitation
Hospital's high quality and diversified community-based Tai Chi and Qigong
programs, as well as its reputation as a world-class Rehabilitation and Research
Center, American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA) certified the Burke
Hospital as one of its official Teaching Centers.
that meet the strict requirements set forth by ATCQA can receive this
authorization. The requirements are comprehensive, covering the teachers (being
ATCQA certified), the details of programs offered, the physical facility, and a
commitment to serving the diversified needs of a community. All Tai Chi and
Qigong classes and workshops at Burke are taught or directly supervised by Sifu
Gene Nelson, owner of The Empire Tai Chi Group. Gene is an ATCQA level-III
certified teacher and serves on the national advisory board of the ATCQA.
According to Heather
Massimo, director of community wellness at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, "The
new certification reinforces Burke's commitment to providing the highest quality
fitness options for all community residents, even those with physical
limitations or underlying health problems".
Located in White
Plains, NY, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit,
acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in
Westchester County, NY dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers
both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a
disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both
an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world
renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while its
research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological medicine. All share
the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible
recovery from illness or injury.
Rehabilitation Hospital offers between 10 and 12 weekly Tai Chi and Qigong
classes, available during the mornings, afternoons, evening and Saturday. These
classes include comprehensive instruction in traditional Tai Chi, Balance
specific classes, programs for Special Populations including; those individuals
with Parkinson's disease, recovering stroke patients and individuals with other
neurological disorders, as well as those with acute balance challenges. In
addition there are regularly scheduled workshops designed to keep the community
abreast of the continued empirical evidence being compiled on the benefits of
Tai Chi and Qigong.
Information pertaining to Tai Chi and Qigong classes and workshops offered
through Burke contact, Heather Massimo at 914-597-2578.