NeuroHope Awarded $36,000 Grant from OrthoIndy Foundation!

I’m thrilled to announce that NeuroHope is the recipient of a $36,000 program grant from the OrthoIndy and Indiana Orthopedic Hospital Foundation!  This generous gift is made possibly by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).  We are honored to have their support!

The OrthoIndy Foundation was created in 2012 with a mission to improve mobility and function for residents of Central Indiana.  The Foundation supports local programs that work specifically to increase self-sufficiency, promote wellness, and improve the quality of life for individuals in need.

NeuroHope centers its program on providing supplemental physical therapy services for individuals living with and recovering from neurologic injury.  Most patients attend NeuroHope because their insurance coverage has been capped.  These individuals need extended therapy and more time with specialists to work on goals that maximize recovery and improve their quality of life.   NeuroHope offers drastically discounted private-pay rates so that individuals have an affordable option to continue the care they need.

This award from the OrthoIndy Foundation helps fund the supplementary care we provide, and will ensure our program remains strong in 2017!

Physical Therapist Wendy Ahler Joins Our Team!

We are thrilled to announce that Physical Therapist Wendy Ahler has joined our staff!

Wendy is a graduate of Purdue University and earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994.  She has spent her clinical career working in a variety of settings including inpatient sub acute and acute rehabilitation, outpatient with an emphasis in neurological rehabilitation , inpatient medical surgical, and inpatient heart and vascular.

Wendy and her husband Steve live in Fishers and have two children.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her two dogs.

Welcome aboard Wendy!

NeuroHope Wins Inaugural ‘Care Innovation’ Award

emeraldgala_neurohope_redcarpet_croppedNeuroHope was thrilled and humbled to be honored by the Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions as the first ever recipient of the Care Innovation Award!

NeuroHope Founder and Executive Director Chris Leeuw accepted the award at the sold-out Emerald Gala at the Eiteljorg Museum on September 16th.

The Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions supports programs in central Indiana that are devoted to providing effective and efficient care for high-cost patients.  Their goal is to help organizations develop better ways to care for the most expensive healthcare conditions.  The Foundation is a supporter of NeuroHope’s mission to provide extended, affordable care for individuals recovering from traumatic injury, and its Board of Directors unanimously chose NeuroHope to be the inaugural recipient of the award.

emeraldgala_host“Spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke are extremely high cost injuries from the perspective of insurers and healthcare providers”, Leeuw said to attendees.  “As a result, time spent in recovery at the inpatient and outpatient level is limited.  Two-thirds of neurologically injured individuals are re-admitted to the hospital within one year of discharge.  At NeuroHope, we are creating a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation that blends physical therapy with affordable wellness programs to maximize recovery and improve quality of life.”

Since NeuroHope opened in February of 2015, the clinic has partnered with the University of Indianapolis, hired physical therapists, become credentialed with Medicare / Medicaid and commercial insurance, and was the catalyst behind a change in Indiana law to fund affordable recovery programs.  Most importantly, it has helped 31 patients on their road to recovery.

The clinic’s launch and early success would not be possible without support from forward-thinking entities like the Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions, which help NeuroHope offset the cost of the supplementary care it provides its patients.

It was a night to be remembered at the Eiteljorg, and NeuroHope was truly privileged for the recognition!











July 27 – Save the Date: 2nd Annual Open House!

It has been an eventful 2016 at NeuroHope! With your support and generosity our clinic has become a reality.

Celebrate with us! NeuroHope will host its 2nd Annual Open House on the evening of Wednesday July 27th!
(6:00 – 8:00 in the gym at 901 Shelby Street in Fountain Square)

Mike_frame_borderPlease join us for a brief evening of food, drinks, prizes, and recognition of the amazing staff, clients, and donors that have helped NeuroHope come to fruition. You are part of a movement that has created a functioning and innovative outpatient healthcare clinic from scratch. That’s right! I said OUTPATIENT!

We are now officially certified with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies to become the FIRST and ONLY outpatient clinic in Indianapolis that provides extended care and affordable rates for patients.

We are thrilled to be able to accept insurance, but unlike traditional healthcare providers, our care goes well beyond what insurance allows. We aren’t afraid to sacrifice a higher-paying insurance reimbursement for an affordable private-pay rate.

This is what makes us unique. And, this is why our rent-free relationship with the University of Indianapolis, and support from donors like you is so important.

Santos_standing_cropped_borderStrides over the last year:

  • Expanded into new space on the 3rd floor of the Southeast Community Services Building
  • Secured new therapy mats, parallel bars, and standing frames for our clients
  • Worked with 23 clients since we opened doors!
  • Credentialed with CMS and private insurance
  • Press! Read our Indianapolis Monthly article here. And our IBJ write-up here.

We are also proud to have been the catalyst behind a change in Indiana law that will help fund long-term rehab programs such as ours in the future!

We hope to be successful in securing a state grant that will let us open full-time in the next year, but in the meantime, we remain in fundraising mode to keep our services strong.

So, please continue to spread the word!  Bridge funding will be a key to our success.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on July 27th!

We Welcome Our First UIndy Intern!

We are pleased to welcome aboard our first intern from the University of Indianapolis!
Chris Lanning is a senior Exercise Science / Pre-Physical Therapy major at UIndy and will be with us until May as he completes his undergraduate degree.  He has worked as a PT-aide at Indy Pro Care Physical Therapy, and has prior internship experience at Methodist Medical Plaza.

Chris will be attending Trine University to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy this fall.  We are happy to have him!

Chris Named to IBJ’s “Forty Under 40” List

Every year the Indianapolis Business Journal selects forty individuals in the Indy metro area who “have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement before the age of 40.”  The annual list is meant to recognize some of our city’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, philantropists, and community leaders.   I am honored to be a member of the 24th class!

Chris&Kristen40under40A special print edition of the IBJ was dedicated to the class, and an in-depth profile of each member was included.  Read my segment here:

The class of 2016 was honored at a reception at the Skyline Club in the One America Building and will also have the privilege to preside over a $40,000 grant, provided by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), to local charities.

I can’t thank the NeuroHope team and our supporters enough for all that has been done to launch our clinic over the last three years.  Without their support NeuroHope would be an idea instead of reality.  And, we are only just beginning!

IMCU Contest: Vote for NeuroHope!

We have been selected as one of the Indianapolis area charities included in an Indiana Members Credit Union contest, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Just a few clicks of your time!  Simple, right?

IMCU is awarding $6,000 to the charity with the most votes from now until March 31.  All you need to do is:
1) Click here and scroll down to “NeuroHope”
2) Select NeuroHope (the button will turn gray)
3) Scroll further down and enter your email (for validation, not SPAM), and click “Vote in this poll”

That’s it.  A few seconds of your time can make the difference.  $6,000 on the line!  So please vote, and share the link to anyone you can.

YOU CAN VOTE EVERYDAY UNTIL MARCH 31!  So, if you really want to get on our good side, set up a reminder and start your morning off with a few clicks for NeuroHope.

Thank you all!


NeuroHope Featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine!

IndyMonthlyCoverGet your hands on this month’s Indianapolis Monthly magazine!

The November issue features a lengthy piece that details my injury, my recovery, the struggles my family and I went through to find long-term care, and what we are building at NeuroHope.

IndyMonthlyPagesThis is an article that was more than a year in the making.  We first reached out to the magazine’s editor, Megan Fernandez, in the summer of 2014.  At the time, we had just launched our initial crowdfunding campaign. The magazine was not able to cover the story, but Megan kept us in mind, and we reconnected this summer.

I met with the author, Jeff Vrabel, multiple times.  He visited NeuroHope twice, we had lunch once, and we spent a lot of time on the phone during the writing process.  It was humbling to see Jeff’s passion to tell my story.  He was focused on learning as much as he could about the complex topics of neurologic recovery and the insurance industry.  His effort shows.  He captures the message eloquently in the article.

This article is about more than my journey back from paralysis.  Jeff covered the bases. He took the time to speak with our staff and clients, the founder of Neuroworx, leaders from IU Health, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, and Senator Patricia Miller, who authored an Indiana law that passed this year to help fund recovery programs.

Read the online version of the piece here!

NeuroHope Back on Inside Indiana Business

If you missed our appearance on Inside Indiana Business last weekend, worry not!  Check it out through the link below:

I sat down in studio with Health reporter Barbara Lewis to provide an update about what has been an eventful year for NeuroHope, our supporters, and our clients.  In September of 2014, Inside Indiana Business was the first media outlet to tell our story.  At the time, our vision was merely an idea.  We had no clients, no clinicians, no operating space and no money.  You can watch the original clip here.

Since then, we've raised start-up capital, added an all-star therapy team, secured operating space, and changed a state law.  We have a long way to go, but we couldn't be more proud of our first year!

I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Inside Indiana Buisness for having me on once again.  We are offering a new paradigm in healthcare.  Extended treatment made available outside the boundaries of insurances allowances needs to happen in Indiana.  That is the goal we are striving for and are making available for our clients!

Thank's to all!


Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions Presents $10K Grant!

We are honored, humbled, and extremely grateful to be recipients of a 2015 grant from the Indianapolis-based Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions!

This generous donation of $10,000 to our mission of extended, supplemental rehabilitation for individuals recovering from neurologic injury provides a necessary bridge to ensure our doors remain open until we have access to the funds made available by Senate Act 166 next year.

The Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions assists organizations that are devoted to addressing the highest cost and most complex health conditions, and that develop programs, protocols, and approaches that are both more affordable and more effective than traditional models.  The NeuroHope model provides healthcare outsides the boundaries of high fee schedules and insurance allowances, and we are proud to have the Foundation's support!

The Foundation states their purpose eloquently in their mission statement:

The concept of better healthcare and better outcomes is achieved through the delivery of quality healthcare at the right place and right time. Included in innumerable studies of the U.S. healthcare system is the finding that the extraordinarily high cost all to often does not assure high quality outcomes. The Foundation will design, develop and implement better ways to care for the most expensive diseases and conditions through its own programs and in collaboration with partner organizations.

A special thanks goes to the Foundation's Chairman, Doug Stratton (pictured), and board members Eric Banter and Dan Kranjnovich, as well as staffer Peggy Johnson for their passion and interest in the NeuroHope vision.