Betty Bacharach Howley, great granddaughter of the original Betty Bacharach, tries out the Pablo, a sensor-based device for uni- and bi-lateral training, with Dr. Craig Anmuth and Sharon Grunow, OT.
Bacharach’s newly opened James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center is a showcase for the latest developments in robotic technology for those recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders. We recently unveiled our new equipment, the first of its kind available in the southern New Jersey region. No other hospital outside a major metropolitan center offers this array of advanced technology in one setting.
On February 13, Philip Perskie, Chairman of the Bacharach Board of Governors and Dr. Richard Kathrins, CEO and President welcomed guests for a tour of this cutting-edge facility. Attendees were able to see the amazing technology demonstrated and were given the opportunity to try it out for themselves. We were proud to have Betty Bacharach Howley, our founder Betty Bacharach’s great granddaughter in attendance, as well as Roy Goldberg, Ron Rossi, Mike Fedorko and Neil McPeak, Jr. representing the Bacharach board. We were also honored that Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo was in attendance.
Thanks go out to Bacharach’s Sharon Cressman, OT, Wendy Jensen, PT, Nicole Notaro, DPT, and Gianna Saraullo, DPT for answering questions and demonstrating the Lokomat Pro, Andago, Erigo Pro and Armeo Spring robots for our guests. Anne Creelman, PT and Becky McGill, PT demonstrated the ReWalk exoskeleton. Stacey Jones, OT, Leila Kohute, OT, Sharon Grunow, OT, Fernando Colon, OT, Jesse Ohlsen, OT, Ingrid Kurtz and Katherine Orlando, OT also presented the upper extremity and cognition robots. Kristin Garland Barth, DPT, Elaine Vergara, PT, Danielle Conway, DPT, Rachel Carlson, DPT and Amanda Rencher, DPT also answered questions, spoke to guests and explained the underlying science behind the technology.
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, “When you see a spinal cord patient who hasn’t walked in years and this equipment allows them to walk it becomes an emotional experience for them, their family and everyone who cares for them, including our clinical staff. This equipment truly moves the rehabilitation process along and provides measurable, interactive therapies proven to be more beneficial than conventional therapy alone.”
The Klinghoffer Center was made possible by a $1 million charitable donation by James Klinghoffer of Longport, N.J. 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.