Wendy Jensen, PT demonstrates the Lokomat Pro, a gait training robot
On February 13, Philip Perskie, Chairman of the Bacharach Board of Governors and Dr. Richard Kathrins, our CEO and President welcomed guests for a tour of the James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center. The Center, which showcases the latest in robotic technology, recently opened its doors for those recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders.
Roy Goldberg, Mike Fedorko, Philip Perskie
Neurological recovery has been shown to occur after repetitive patterning. Using robotic innovations, therapists help patients perform many more repetitions than can be performed via conventional therapy. Studies show that outcomes are substantially better than conventional therapy and that benefits are sustained over time.
The innovative new technology, the first of its kind in the southern New Jersey region, has been getting positive reviews from clinicians and patients alike. Sharon Grunow, OTR/L, Bacharach’s director of Occupational Therapy said, “The Center and its advanced technology has been so well received across the board. The level of our patient’s progress after using the robotic devices has been stunning and because they feel engaged in the activities they forget they are working out and have been experiencing remarkable results.”
Guests at the event were able to see the robots in action and were even given the opportunity to try them out for themselves. Betty Bacharach Howley, our founder Betty Bacharach’s great granddaughter, was in attendance, as well as Roy Goldberg, Neil McPeak, Ron Rossi and Mike Fedorko representing the Bacharach board. We were also honored that Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo was there.
Gianna Saraullo and Rachel Carlson explaining the Andago gait training robot
No other hospital outside a major metropolitan center offers this array of advanced technology in one setting. Philip Perskie said, “We are thrilled to bring this exciting innovative technology to the region, offering a level of care not previously available to the community. When we purchased the first exoskeleton on the market a few years ago, it became an eye-opening experience for our patients. This started the process and led us to explore other available robotic technology.”
Dr. Kathrins shared, “This equipment truly moves the rehabilitation process along and provides measurable, interactive therapies proven to be more beneficial than conventional therapy alone.”
Sharrie Rapagna, PT, director of Physical Therapy at Bacharach explained, “The Klinghoffer Center’s gait training robotics utilized in physical therapy are providing life changing results in both adult and pediatric patients. These devices are an important adjunct to the patients’ therapy program allowing the therapist to more effectively address physical limitations by using strengthening, balance, weight bearing, posture and progressive gait training to maximize functional mobility.”
Patients that have been working on the devices have shown significant improvement in a short amount of time and are reporting how good it feels to be upright, walking normally and bearing weight on their legs. Sharrie shared, “One of our pediatric patients that was not walking is now initiating taking steps with assistance and now wants to walk frequently throughout the day. An adult patient with a spinal cord injury that has worked on multiple robotic devices has progressed from requiring a walker to walking with a cane.”
Sharon provided us with an additional example of how the new technology has been benefiting patients, “One particular patient that started working on the InMotion Arm, a robotic assisted device that works a patient’s elbow and shoulder through repetitive exercises by following different patterns, was not able to brush his teeth or feed himself and had trouble picking up objects. Just four weeks later – he was not only able to complete these tasks – he was able to begin taking care of himself.”
Dr. Anmuth observes a patient using the InMotion ARM Robot
The Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center was made possible by a $1 million charitable donation by James Klinghoffer of Longport, N.J.