Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is designated as one of the nation's 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is the only Model SCI Center in the Western United States. For information on current centers, please go to http://www.msktc.org/sci/model-system-centers.
The overarching goal of the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) is to generate new knowledge that fosters recovery of function, community re-integration, and wellness throughout the lifetime of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). RLANRC is designated as the Patient-Centered Medical Home for SCI in Los Angeles County; providing services to a large underserved and minority population. The objectives of our SCIMS will be achieved through four integrated categories of effort during the five years: 1) Comprehensive Service Delivery; 2) Participation in the National SCI Database; 3) Site-Specific Research; and 4) Collaborative Research Module(s).