Hughes honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

Brenna Hughes, MA, CCC-SLP from Community Regional Medical Center was awarded the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (CSHA) Outstanding Achievement Award.

Hughes was recognized (along with Community Regional’s acute speech-language pathology department) for working diligently over the past two years to screen all trauma patients admitted to Community Regional in order to improve inpatient and follow up services for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. The goal of the program is to evaluate every patient who meets mild TBI criteria and educate the patient and family members on what to expect prior to discharge from the hospital.

Mild TBI is known as the silent epidemic because problems that result from TBI may not be detected initially, such as memory deficits. Dealing with a brain injury can be a scary and frustrating experience for families. The department’s goal is to help bring families as much comfort as possible by providing information on what to expect and how to deal with a brain injury during the recovery process.

Mary Lisa Russell reported this story. She can be reached at