Tampa-area veterans now have access to earlier mobilization following a stroke
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoldierStrong, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advanced medical technologies to veterans, today announced that it is donating an EksoGT™ exoskeleton to Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to make advanced stroke rehabilitation available to Tampa-area veterans for the first time. The state-of-the-art device will be dedicated to mobilizing stroke patients earlier, for optimal outcomes.
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will host a donation ceremony, and a veteran will demonstrate walking in the device, on Monday, August 13th at 2pm.
This donation marks SoldierStrong’s 17th exoskeleton donation, and 13th exoskeleton donation to the VA system.
“We appreciate this generous donation, as it allows us to dedicate this device to offering advanced stroke rehabilitation. We look forward to seeing our veterans benefit from its use and recover quicker after suffering a stroke,” said Joe D. Battle, Medical Center Director of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics.
The EksoGT, by Ekso Bionics®, is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries. The exoskeleton suit enables patients to move earlier, more frequently, and with a greater number of high intensity steps during their rehabilitation.
Each year, 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide. Stroke rehabilitation is a critical part of recovery and helps people to regain their strength and function.
“Florida has the third largest veteran population in the nation, and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is a leader in rehabilitation with a commitment to the integration of assistive technologies in caring for its patients. We are proud to provide these clinicians with the EksoGT as a tool they can use to help veterans regain their independence and mobility following a stroke,” said Chris Meek, co-founder and Chairman of SoldierStrong.
About the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Activated in 1972, the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 Facility. JAHVH is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. JAHVH consists of five Veterans Health Administration facilities located in Tampa, New Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Lakeland and Brooksville, serving four counties in Central Florida. It is a part of the Veterans Integrated System Network (VISN) 8 that also includes facilities in Orlando, Gainesville, Lake City, Bay Pines, West Palm Beach, Miami and Puerto Rico.
SoldierStrong, previously known as SoldierSocks, helps American patriots literally take their next steps forward. Through educational scholarships and by harnessing the most innovative technology in advanced rehabilitation, we help our returning service men and women to continue moving in the only direction they should know – forward. Nearly every dollar SoldierStrong receives goes towards direct support of American patriots so that they can re-acclimate to civilian life. Our organization works to remind those men and women who sacrificed so much that we are forever thankful.
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