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VA Long Beach Healthcare System

 

VA Long Beach to Receive Donation and Launch Moonshot Goal for Veterans

March 16, 2017

WHAT:
Donation Ceremony and Demonstration of “EksoGT” Exoskeleton Device

WHEN:
Friday, March 17, at 1000. Requesting media to arrive NLT 0930 a.m. for parking and set-up

WHERE: 
Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center Campus
Spinal Cord Injury Center (SCI) on South East corner of Campus      
5901 E. 7th St. Long Beach, CA 90822

WHO:
Donors: Soldier Strong and Fraternal Order of Eagles
VA Long Beach Leadership, VA Long Beach SCI Leadership and Physicians
Reps from Ekso Bionics (Maker)
VALB Spinal Cord Injury Navy Veteran to demonstrate device

(Interviews available with SCI Veteran, SCI Subject Matter Experts, Donors and VALB Leadership)

BACKGROUND:
VA Long Beach SCI Center was chosen by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Soldier Strong organization to be the recipient of an Ekso GT exoskeleton device. The Ekso GT and device and those like it, represent a potential paradigm shift in treatment options for those with certain types of spinal cord injuries and disorders. Designed to augment and improve a user’s current physical abilities, the device will be used in the rehabilitative process to help SCI Veterans stand, take steps and potentially regain some measures of independence. The demonstration of the device will be by a Long Beach VA SCI patient that became injured due to an automobile accident while active duty in the U.S. Navy.

VA Long Beach Healthcare System provides delivery of health care to more than 56,000 Veterans throughout Southern California including the City of Long Beach and all of Orange County. VA Long Beach is also home to one of the Department of Veterans Affairs largest Spinal Cord Injury Units with 90 Beds as well as the latest blind rehabilitation center, the Major Charles Robert Soltes Jr. O.D. Blind Rehabilitation Center with 24 beds.