Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital Presents Spirit of Rehab Award

 Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital Presents Spirit of Rehab Award

Dr. Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH, and Maura Murray, Executive Director MSRH (left) present the Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award to Lori Kostich. 

(Hartford, Conn. April 28, 2015)  -- Speech Language Pathologist Lori Ann Kostich M.S. CCC-SLP, MSCS, received the third annual Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital’s Annual Town Meeting. This peer-nominated award is presented to a rehabilitation service line employee who exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the patient populations served.   

Dr. Bontke was the first medical director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut, now Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital (MSRH), and was known for her humanistic caring of patients with brain injuries. 

Kostich, a Madison resident, is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist at Mount Sinai Outpatient Rehabilitation Hospital/Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, where she has worked for the past four years.  

Lori is very passionate about her work. She frequently volunteers to take students and is eager to share her knowledge,” notes Amy Neal, PA-C, who nominated Lori for the award. “She is often willing to alter her schedule to accommodate early and late appointments requested by patients.  

“Lori views any new observation as a research opportunity even if it will ultimately benefit just one patient’s needs. Her dedication is ever-present and admirable among her peers,” she adds. 

“Lori is a shining example among the clinicians at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital and the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She exceeds expectations on a daily basis to provide excellent and compassionate care for our patients,” notes Dr. Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH. 

“Lori is well respected among her peers and she always puts her patients’ needs first by continually looking for personalized solutions that will enhance their lives,” says Maura Murray, Executive Director MSRH. 

This past fall, she was a speaker at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s national conference on evaluating and writing goals when working with people with MS. She is currently in the process of completing her findings for a Saint Francis grant on a patient-centered, cognitive-linguistic checklist to be used when writing treatment goals with MS patients. Kostich will also feature the checklist at a poster at the upcoming Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers conference next month.  


About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services are also Saint Francis Care Partners.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit