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Kahns & Aphasia Center

Ruth Fink, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director of the MossRehab Aphasia Center (center) demonstrates Computer Laboratory software designed to assist with sentence structuring.

Transformative gift assisting patients with aphasia

Charles (Charlie) Kahn, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, have long supported and advocated for a wide variety of Einstein and MossRehab programs. Nowhere is their touch more evident or had a greater impact than at MossRehab’s Aphasia Center.

“We first learned about the Aphasia Center at a MossRehab event from a special guest speaker,” recalls Kahn. “Both Barbara and I were immediately struck by the life-changing work they were doing with patients who were working to overcome the effects of this little-known disorder.”

The Kahns have always had a great affinity toward Einstein and MossRehab. One might say it is a “family tradition” as Kahn followed in the footsteps of his father, Charles Kahn, Sr., who served on the board of the Jewish Hospital, on which Einstein Healthcare Network was founded. Kahn, Jr. went on to serve on the board of the Lucien Moss Home for Tuberculosis Incurables of the Jewish Faith, the predecessor of MossRehab, and continued his active support throughout the years helping to shape MossRehab as it now exists.

Participants work on the art of everyday conversation at a meeting
of the Constance Sheerr Kittner Conversation Café.

“Patients are experiencing real BREAKTHROUGHS due to groundbreaking treatments, the results are INSPIRING.”

Over the years the Kahns became close to many patients and staff at MossRehab, particularly at the Aphasia Center. “We are so impressed with the staff at the Aphasia Center and their efforts to help the patients,” says Charlie. “Patients are experiencing real breakthroughs due to groundbreaking treatments. The results are inspiring.”

Aphasia is a condition brought on by trauma impacting the left side of the brain. Caused by stroke, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury or disease, aphasia impacts an individual’s ability to communicate through spoken and written language.

The MossRehab Aphasia Center, founded in 1996, was developed to meet the long-term communication and psycho-social needs of these individuals. The center was designed to be a warm, welcoming place where people can find information and peer support, as well as participate in various groups and classes, research and advanced clinical treatments.

Charles and Barbara Kahn talk with Aphasia Center participants about the everyday challenges of living with aphasia.

The Aphasia Activity Center provides post-therapy services and helps to solve discharge issues, by providing a continuum of care and lifelong learning opportunities, using a social model of rehabilitation. Since aphasia affects the ability
to communicate through speech and the written word, rehabilitation in a social setting enables participants to practice communicating through supported conversation activities. Programs like the Constance Sheerr Kittner Conversation Cafés, the Talking Book Club and Computer Lab are some of the activities used to facilitate and support conversation and are making a significant difference in the quality of life for those with aphasia.

Prompted by these results, the Kahns saw a real opportunity to make a difference. So was born the Charles Kahn, Jr. and Barbara R. Kahn Scholarship Fund which helps to cover the nominal fee the Aphasia Activity Center charges for services.
“We are so grateful to have long-time supporters like the
Kahns who allow us to continually enhance our services and make sure they are accessible to all in need,” says Ruth Fink, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director of the MossRehab Aphasia Center. “Our services in the Activity Center are not covered by insurance so the scholarship fund allows patients to access our services who might not otherwise have the means to do so.”

As Fink explains, “These programs can help improve
the quality of life by reducing social isolation, one of the unfortunate results people with aphasia can experience.” The Kahn Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for participation in activities which promote language improvement.

The MossRehab Aphasia Center was among the first in
the country to offer life-long learning and social interactions for people with aphasia. Many of these services are made possible due to the support of generous donors, like the Kahns, who are inspired by the efforts of the staff to make a real change in the lives of others.

“The Kahns are helping to make our services accessible to all,” explains Fink. “They understand the important role these programs play in helping individuals assimilate back into daily life and their generous support will allow us to continue to provide for those in need.”

To learn more about how you can support the Aphasia Center at MossRehab, please contact Mary Detwiler at 215-456-7200 or detwilem@einstein.edu.