On Feb. 22, 2018, Centria Healthcare was honored to have Tom Constand, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), on-site as a special guest speaker during our Company Lunch!
Giving Back to the Community
For more than a decade, Tom Constand has played an important role in BIAMI, as well as its parent organization, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). From 2005-2008, Constand served as a board member of BIAA, and in 2008, he won the organization's Community Service Award. He is also a past board chair of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit, a past advisory board member and executive committee member of the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and served as the first president of the Detroit AM Rotary Club.
During his visit to Centria Healthcare, Constand spoke about the impact of BIAMI, and how they work hard every day to help thousands of brain injury survivors across the state of Michigan through support groups, educational opportunities, and advocacy work. According to Constand, BIAMI is fighting harder than ever before to preserve No-Fault Insurance in the state of Michigan, a mandatory insurance policy for Michigan drivers that covers the full medical costs of anyone injured in an automobile accident.
"No-Fault Insurance is the one bridge that spans the treatment gap that exists across the country when it comes to brain injury," Constand said. "Our vision is to one day make that system of care accessible for all persons with brain injuries."
He added that No-Fault Insurance also acts as an economic engine, employing 25,000 - 30,000 people across the state.
Getting Help from BIAMI
Constand also opened up about his personal connection to brain injury; in 2010, his son was involved in a very serious accident that resulted in a three-day coma. Immediately following the devastating news, Constand was grateful for the assistance that BIAMI provided to him and his family as soon as he called for help.
"Just like that, the safety net that is the Association just displayed itself. I was given information, and I was met by a case manager at the hospital," Constand said. "When my son was released from the hospital, they told me that there was a number of rehabilitation facilities across the state of Michigan. It turned out, I had three rehab facilities within thirty minutes of my house! If I were in any other state, like Ohio or Indiana, we would've had to drive six hours or cross state lines to access this."
Ultimately, Constand's goal is to join forces with the disability community as a whole, and push for more access to life-changing resources and care providers. Throughout the month of March, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the association will be very active in the community. On March 14, Constand and his team are bringing a group of 250 people to the State Capitol in Lansing, where legislators will be teaching workshops on how to successfully advocate for themselves and others with disabilities. BIAMI will also be hosting panels and informational sessions across the state throughout the month. To learn more about BIAMI, or to get involved, please visit www.biami.org.
Pictured left to right: Scott Barry, CEO & Co-Founder at Centria Healthcare; Tom Constand, President & CEO at BIAMI; Chris Wilcox, President & Co-Founder at Centria Healthcare
Visiting Centria Healthcare
By the end of the Company Lunch, after meeting with various teams and departments across the company, Constand said that he had a great time visiting Centria Healthcare.
"When I walked in the door, I was so impressed. You could tell that the culture is very vibrant here, and that there is a thriving, beating heart to Centria," Constand said. "People are committed to the cause, internalized the cause, and care about what they do and you see that from everybody, no matter what room I went to."
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