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Cathy Kelly, MML, MS, OTR/L - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Cathy Kelly, MML, MS, OTR/L

Director of Inpatient-based Rehabilitation Services | ChristianaCare


Cathy Kelly is director of Inpatient-based Rehabilitation Services at ChristianaCare.


Cathy has been an Occupational Therapist (OT) for over 30 years. She has extensive experience as an OT and as a manager in topics specific to acute care and acute rehabilitation, including recovery from neurological and neurosurgical conditions/injuries, orthopedic conditions, vision impairments (low vision or visual perception) and aging related changes in activity and cognition. As an OT, Cathy has partnered with local agencies and groups related to Trauma, Adults with Physical Disabilities, Dementia, Brain Injury, Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis and Visual Impairments.

In her administrative roles, Cathy has over 25 years of experience related to running high performing teams, aligning organizational missions and expectations with operational challenges, and pathways to developing a strong management team. Cathy values the roles of creating strong teams through a mindful and considerate leadership style.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Healthcare Management

Program Development

Clinical Operations

Staff Development

Education (3)

Immaculata University: M.S., MML, Management and Leadership 2019

Thomas Jefferson University: BSOT, Occupational Therapy 1988

Immaculata University: n/a, Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies, Biology 1986

Selected Papers and Publications (1)

An interdisciplinary approach to reduce hospital-acquired pressure injuries using a manual tilt-in-space wheelchair and seating protocol



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Selected Honors & Awards (1)

Use of Seating Protocol and Tilt in Space Wheelchairs to Reduce Pressure Injuries in Critically Ill Patients (professional)

Christiana Care Way Award

Speaking Style

Patents (1)

Wheelchair with Dynamic Occupant-Tilt Feature


Wheelchair with Dynamic Occupant-Tilt Feature; Developed for Pressure Ulcer PreventionWheelchair with Dynamic Occupant-Tilt Feature; Developed for Pressure Ulcer Prevention US US Patent Application filed October 2019.