Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Acquires Ekso, A Wearable Robotic Exoskeleton That Enables Standing, Walking

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Device to be unveiled and demonstrated at The Buoniconti Fund’s 9th Annual Raise a Glass for a Cure on November 9.

The Ekso will be unveiled and demonstrated by former patient Frankie LaMacchia at The Buoniconti Fund’s 9th Annual Raise a Glass for a Cure on November 9 at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital will unveil Ekso, a wearable robotic exoskeleton and the latest in the hospital’s arsenal of rehabilitative technology, at The Buoniconti Fund’s 9th Annual Raise a Glass for a Cure on November 9, 2012 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

“We are very excited to introduce the Ekso in our continuum of care,” said Mary Schmidt Read, PT, DPT, MS, the Spinal Cord Injury Program Director and Research Coordinator at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. “In addition to standing and walking, working with the Ekso can improve a patient’s balance, motor function and range of motion. It also has a direct impact on a patient’s self-image and self-esteem.”

Magee acquired Ekso thanks to the support of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which contributed more than $100,000 toward its purchase. Ekso is an adjustable, portable, bionic exoskeleton designed to help patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness stand up and walk. With the patient providing the balance and proper body positioning, the physical therapist uses the control pad to program the desired walking parameters, such as step length and speed, as well as to control when the Ekso stands, sits and takes a step.

“Ekso Bionics is beginning to reshape today’s landscape and the future of rehabilitation with Ekso, and we are fortunate and honored to have a top rehabilitation partner and collaborator like Magee as one of the first Ekso Centers,” said Eythor Bender, CEO of Ekso Bionics. “Together, we are providing the best and most advanced patient care possible, backed not only by technical innovation and service, but by a team of consummate and dedicated rehabilitation professionals.”

The Ekso will be unveiled and demonstrated by former patient Frankie LaMacchia at The Buoniconti Fund’s 9th Annual Raise a Glass for a Cure on November 9 at the National Museum of American Jewish History. For information on tickets, please visit http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/philadelphia. For more information on the Ekso and Magee’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs, please visit MageeRehab.org.

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