Hospital for Special Care Offers Free Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Screening for Veterans

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (November 11, 2009) – With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, our thoughts turn to supporting our veterans.  Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is offering screenings for the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan.  HSC is an extensive resource to veterans and their families on the education and treatment of TBI.

Many veterans may be suffering symptoms of TBI after exposure to bomb blasts, a blow to the head, the head striking an object or lack of oxygen.  However, these symptoms may not be recognized as a brain injury and as a result, veterans may not be getting the treatment they need.

The free electronic TBI screenings offered via phone and through will direct veterans to appropriate treatment if warranted.  In addition, HSC has created a package of educational resource materials for veterans and their families.

“This is an opportunity for us to help veterans affected by TBI get on the road to better health,” said Hospital for Special Care President and Chief Executive Officer, John Votto, DO, FCCP.  “At Hospital for Special Care, we understand the issue of TBI in returning veterans based on our experience in treating vets and others with TBIs.  What’s more, we have become increasingly concerned based on our research that some veterans may be suffering potential long-term effects from mild traumatic brain injury and not even know it.”

Traumatic Brain Injury can result in one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A brief loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory immediately before or after the injury
  • Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident
  • Persistent post-concussive symptoms such as irritability, headache and difficulty concentrating

If you know a veteran experiencing any of the above symptoms or a family member who wants more information about brain injuries, Hospital for Special care can provide the resources and education needed to gain a better understanding of the injury and its treatment.  Free informational materials are also available to veterans and their families.

To obtain these materials, or get further information, call Hospital for Special Care at (860) 612-6310 or contact via email at

About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury.  Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis.  Please visit for more information.


NBC, Meet the Mason Inc. Team!

Our office and some clients recently had the pleasure of touring the new NBC studios here in Connecticut. Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, or just don’t watch TV, you may have heard that they built a new facility that is the first high definition (HD) studio here in Connecticut.

I could describe it with all sorts of jargon that we tend to avoid like the plague, but I thought I would just for fun. Simply put, the new studio is “state-of-the-art, cutting edge, leading technology, and really is a true solutions provider.” In other words, it’s impressive.

In all seriousness, the tour was informative and an eye opener to how broadcast media is changing and how they’re also utilizing online and social media much more these days, including Twitter. NBC showed off all of its new capabilities, but what was really extraordinary is that the entire building is a studio in itself. There are no walls separating the newsroom from the news studio like the old building and there are also several areas throughout the building that allow for cameras and feeds to go live from, such as the front lobby area.

Truly a great time, but what I enjoyed most was that our clients were able to experience this as well! Here are some pictures capturing the fun! Enjoy.

WVIT News Director Mike St. Peter shows off the new studio set.

It’s not NORAD. It’s the new control room at the new NBC WVIT studio. Impressive!

NBC General Manager Don Doebler explaining the technology and capabilities of the new studio.

Getting miked-up and ready for our big moment. Myself (Derek Beere) and one of our clients, Susan Gates from the Hospital for Special Care, getting some last minute coaching tips from NBC political correspondent Tom Monahan.

A small crowd gathers and waits in anticipation for Susan Gates and Derek Beere to record their promotional segment teaser.

There we go! Recording our first segment teaser and nailing it after (ahem), three or four attempts!