Brooke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Bradley University (2000) and a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis (2009). She began her career as a physical therapist, specializing in neurological inpatient rehabilitation. With great joy and passion, Brooke has applied rehabilitation concepts to the development of a culture of mobility within the Franciscan Health system in Indiana. Her expertise is in developing interdisciplinary frameworks to accomplish early and progressive mobility from ICU through acute care discharge. Components of her mobility program include development and use of:
Interdisciplinary mobility rating protocols
Interdisciplinary safe patient handling protocols
Interdisciplinary mobility documentation
Continuous interdisciplinary mobility competence
Performance auditing tools
Brooke is the recipient of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (currently Shirley Ryan Ability Lab) Quality Fest Award in 2014 for her presentation titled “Changing Paradigms in Acute Care”. Brooke’s Progressive Mobility Program earned Franciscan Health Michigan City the Innovation Award at the Indiana Hospital Association’s Safety Summit in June 2017. She currently serves Franciscan Health Michigan City as the Inpatient Therapy Manager and Mobility Program Manager. Brooke enjoys sharing her work to enhance mobility throughout hospitals at home and abroad. She has presented nationally and internationally through the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, various state Hospital Associations, the American Hospital Association, and the Japan Academy of Critical Care Nurses.