GOOD SHEPHERD REHABILITATION NAMED ‘CENTER OF ROBOTIC EXCELLENCE’

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is one of four facilities internationally to be named as a “Center of Robotic Excellence” by Ekso Bionics®, an industry leader in exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial use.

As early adopters of leading-edge exoskeleton technology, the designated centers have committed to provide peer-to-peer support to train other facilities interested in becoming proficient in innovative approaches to rehabilitation. In addition to Good Shepherd, three other facilities earned the designation, spanning the globe from Arizona to Illinois to Costa Masnaga, Italy.

Each center will work with Ekso Bionics to aid in research and development efforts. The Centers of Excellence will gather clinical evidence and measurable results and create research protocols for proving standards of care for exoskeletons in rehabilitation.

“As an early adopter of exoskeleton technology, we look forward to continuing to develop innovative rehabilitation strategies and mentoring our peers so that even more patients can benefit from this life-changing technology,” says Frank Hyland, PT, MS, executive director, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, and administrator, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital.

“Collaborating with leaders in the rehabilitation industry is key to building clinical support on the benefits of exoskeletons to aid in early mobility for stroke and spinal cord injury,” says Thomas Looby, president and chief executive officer, Ekso Bionics. “We are proud to work with visionaries, like those at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, who are dedicated to helping patients with recovery and providing quantifiable insights into the strides they’re making walking with the exoskeleton.”

Fast facts about Good Shepherd’s use of robotic exoskeletons:

  • Good Shepherd was involved in the refinement of the EksoGT exoskeleton as it was being developed, acting as a beta test facility.
  • In 2012, Good Shepherd began using the original Ekso device with spinal cord injury patients.
  • With three devices in continuous use, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is the world’s leading clinical user of the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton.
  • Patients at Good Shepherd have taken nearly 5 million steps in the device, walking roughly the circumference of the moon.
  • Good Shepherd uses the robotic device to treat patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including stroke and spinal cord injury in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Good Shepherd therapists have participated in seven weddings, with the bride, groom and/or father-of-the-bride using the device, and one graduation.

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