2009-08-14 / Community

Kolody Foundation Brings WalkAide To Hospital

Left to right: April Lu, P.T.; John Pardo, V.P. Operations; Robin Blackwell, RN, V.P. Nursing; Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer; Larry Spiegel, D.P.T.; Bill Kolody, President, Kolody Foundation; Janet McGowan, RN, Nurse Manager TBI/Acute Rehabilitation Unit; Brenda Pitkoff, P.T. Director, Physical Therapy; and Eileen Olstrom, PTA. Left to right: April Lu, P.T.; John Pardo, V.P. Operations; Robin Blackwell, RN, V.P. Nursing; Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer; Larry Spiegel, D.P.T.; Bill Kolody, President, Kolody Foundation; Janet McGowan, RN, Nurse Manager TBI/Acute Rehabilitation Unit; Brenda Pitkoff, P.T. Director, Physical Therapy; and Eileen Olstrom, PTA. Soon, Peninsula Hospital Center patients requiring assistance walking due to foot drop will have a new, stateof the-art device, the WalkAide, to assist them during inpatient rehabilitation, thanks to a generous donation to the Traumatic Brain Injury/Acute Rehabilitation Unit from the Kolody Foundation.

Previous devices that were used to assist patients suffering from foot drop were often cumbersome and awkward for patients to use. The WalkAide features all of the very latest technological advancements, is non-cumbersome and simple to use. Employing Bluetooth Enabled data transfer technology, the WalkAide actually senses the angle and velocity of the tibia's motion to trigger customized stimulation at the appropriate time in the walking cycle, which promotes normal gait — even accommodating walking speeds and climbing stairs.

"This new technology will be a wonderful rehabilitative addition for our patients who need this type of therapy and assistance," said Janet McGowan, RN., Nurse Manager, TBI/Acute Rehabilitation Unit. "It is absolutely amazing to witness how effective this new device really is."

Bill Kolody, RN, and president of the Kolody Foundation, was happy to contribute the funds necessary to purchase this technology for the Hospital Center. "Our mission is to help people in our community and after learning about this device and how much of a difference it can make for the Hospital Center's patients who need it, we were very happy to make the donation," said Kolody.

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