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Hospital for Special Surgery Opens Pediatric Rehab Center

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NEW YORK, NY -- Hospital for Special Surgery announced Oct. 6 the completion of the state-of-the-art CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center, the first stage of the new Lerner Children's Pavilion to be opened in mid-2012. The 7,000-square-foot Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, now double the size and patient capacity of the former facility, was made possible through a $5 million gift from CA Technologies.

Last year, young patients made nearly 18,000 visits to HSS pediatric rehabilitation therapists. The new center will allow the hospital to accommodate more than 30,000 patient visits annually. Often, children will rehabilitate at the center after surgery at HSS, where surgeons perform 2,500 orthopedic surgeries for children and adolescents per year.

"Our physical, occupational and speech therapists build strong relationships with children and adolescents and their families, providing emotional support along with rehabilitation therapy," says Magdalena Oledzka, physical therapist and pediatric rehabilitation section manager. "The new center is designed to help us create a welcoming, safe and healing environment for our young patients and their families to complement the extraordinary care they receive in therapy."

The new center includes: 

    • a spacious physical therapy gym with brand new equipment including cardiovascular fitness, weight training, and exercise equipment; 

    • two occupational therapy gyms: one dedicated to provide sensory integration therapy with equipment that facilitates movement in space, such as suspension swings and ladder; and the second one is dedicated to developing fine motor skills; 

    • an expanded speech therapy suite; 

    • recreational toys and virtual reality software to improve balance, coordination and motor planning skills; 

    • an equipment clinic that specializes in wheelchair and mobility needs.

"In terms of recovery and treatment, it is important to have a space that encourages children and makes them feel at ease. The opening of this new center shows Hospital for Special Surgery's commitment to children and their care," says Dr. Roger Widmann, chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.

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