eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation
Wed, 04/20/2011 - 4:36pm | Sally Gammon
The legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.
We were innovators in 1908 when we began a home for orphans with disabilities and the elderly. We were innovators in 1967 when we opened one of the first freestanding rehabilitation hospitals in the country. We were innovators in 2003 when we opened a technology-supported independent living complex for people with disabilities. The list goes on and on.
In May, we will once again demonstrate our innovative spirit when we work with Berkeley Bionics to test and refine their life-changing eLEGS exoskeleton.
For people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), the eLEGS represents hope. Years ago, when I was a practicing physical therapist, the notion of an individual with spinal cord injury walking again was unthinkable. We were actually instructed to tell patients with SCI that they will never walk again. How things have changed!
Good Shepherd is one of only a few rehabilitation providers throughout the country that have been selected by Berkeley Bionics to test the eLEGS exoskeleton. We have been chosen to participate in this exciting initiative because we are a nationally recognized leader in the early adoption and use of rehabilitation and assistive technologies.
This is a truly hopeful time for people with spinal cord injuries, and we at Good Shepherd are truly excited to be a part of it!