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Revolutionary New Robot That Helps People Learn to Walk Again After Stroke or Disability to Be Launched at Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital offers a full range of inpatient, dayrehabilitation and outpatient services in partnership with the RehabilitationInstitute of Chicago. It is a member of the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network,which provides the one million residents of Chicago's Northwest suburbs themost advanced medical care. Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital and the AlexianBothers Hospital Network are nationally recognized for providing a continuumof care for stroke patients, from screening and acute treatment to post strokerehabilitation. The Alexian Brothers Hospital Network and the RehabilitationInstitute of Chicago share a dedication to providing the finest, mostcomprehensive rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.

Kinea Design is a committed practitioner of user-oriented observationaldesign research. By understanding real users, in real tasks, set in realcontexts, Kinea gains a thorough understanding of the terrain before itcommences design. Kinea Design believes that its user-centered approach,backed by a proven team of human-machine design engineers, clinicalresearchers and experienced commercial experts, uniquely positions it to bringtechnology into practice. Individuals interested in being research subjectsin the therapy program using the KineAssist robot should contact Linda Fosterat 847-640-5600, x3752.

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Alexian Brothers Hospital NetworkFirst Robot of its Kind in a Community-Based Hospital WHAT: Launch and demonstration of the KineAssist Robot, which represents a giant leap forward in safety and effectiveness for people learning to walk again after a stroke or disability The KineAssist(TM) Walking & Balance Exercise System, winner of the prestigious international Industrial Design Excellence Award, applies robotic technology to helping patients learn to walk, step sideways, climb stairs and regain the balance, strength and mobility to carry on daily activities. The new KineAssist Robot increases physical therapists' ability to safely challenge patients in real-life tasks, since it protects them from falling. Fully supported and held in a safe position even if they lose their balance, patients using the KineAssist Robot feel safer and more confident as they build strength and stamina. Its portability means it can be used in a wide variety of clinical settings, even outside. The KineAssist Robot enables physical therapists to safely perform more intensive and effective therapy, while enhancing the connection between them and their patients. This type of body weight support was previously limited to a treadmill with a harness. The KineAssist allows total mobility and removes the need for therapists to support the patient's weight, freeing them for other hands-on interaction. It also accurately records patient performance data and reports objective measures of progress. Developed through a joint venture of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Kinea Design, a company of expert physical therapists and engineers, the KineAssist Robot has been in clinical trials since 2004. This new prototype is being introduced at Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital following three years of successful clinical trials. WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10:00 a.m. WHERE: Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital 935 Beisner Road Elk Grove Village WHO: Mark Frey, Chief Executive Officer, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network Bruce Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital John Dunkin, Executive Director, Alexian Rehab
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