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Chris Leeuw Awarded “Rosenbaum Friend of Physical Therapy” from INAPTA

NeuroHope Founder and Executive Director Chris Leeuw was presented with the 2018 “William T. Rosenbaum Friend of Physical Therapy” award by the Indiana chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY on September 22.

From the INAPTA: “The award is presented to honor and recognize the accomplishments of those persons outside our profession who, through their dedicated assistance and support, have promoted our ideals and improved our profession.”

Leeuw was nominated and presented with the award by Donna Peterson, who was recognized as the Schneider PTA of the Year in 2017.  Peterson was Leeuw’s primary therapist during his two month inpatient rehabilitation following his 2010 spinal cord injury.  Five years later, she joined NeuroHope when Leeuw and physical therapist Nora Foster first launched the clinic to provide long-term, affordable therapy for neurologic injuries.

Peterson’s remarks:

“Chris Leeuw’s life changed in an instant when a little over 8 years ago, a perfect late summer day and adventure left him paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a C4-C5 SCI. I had the fortunate pleasure of meeting Chris during the early days of this journey as one of his first physical therapists in acute rehabilitation.  I knew then that Chris, along with his family, had a special drive that the injury and the status quo of the health care system would not contain.

 Fortunately for Chris, he demonstrated early signs that his injury was incomplete and his potential for recovery was great. What he was lacking was time, as insurance was pushing for discharge from acute rehab and the intensive therapy that his injury indicated.  Chris and his family, not taking “no” or “that’s how the system works”, as an answer fought for an alternative and found a program in Utah that offered affordable, long term rehabilitation options. Chris thrived in this environment and was able to make huge strides in his recovery. Upon his return to Indiana, Chris vowed to make a difference and began his quest to develop and provide a similar option in Indiana and change the paradigm of rehabilitation and wellness for individuals affected by and living with paralysis in Indiana.  

That’s how NeruoHope was born. In the months and years that followed, Chris worked tirelessly to fund and open NeuroHope in February 2015, a non-profit outpatient clinic with a mission to provide affordable, activity-based therapy to people living with and recovering from neurologic injury.

In the last few years, not only has Chris opened NeuroHope, but he has been instrumental in changing legislation that allows funding for long term rehabilitation and wellness, promoted awareness of the needs of those with neurological injuries, been a mentor, inspiration and friend to patients and supporters of Neurohope, facilitated the strategic affiliation with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network as a one of only 7 Community Fitness and Wellness Centers in the U.S.,  and lead multiple fundraising efforts which have allowed Neurohope to expand to offset the costs in providing services to countless individuals.  On top of that, his most outstanding achievement was hiring me. 

In all seriousness, I have been honored to have the unique opportunity to watch Chris battle his personal physical challenges with SCI, but take an idea and turn it into reality that benefits countless individuals.   I knew early on, that Chris would always look for a new road, a new way, and never stop striving to be the best version of himself.  Chris, through his relentless pursuit of his vision, has provided others with the opportunity to become the best version of themselves and allow them every possible chance for maximum recovery and the best quality of life possible.

I am honored to present Chris Leeuw, my former patient, current boss and long-time friend with the 2018 Bill Rosenbaum Friend of PT Award.”

Pictures from Rehab Week London!

Rehab Week 2017 was a smashing success!

More than 1,200 attendees from around the world gathered at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the heart of downtown London for a series of conferences presented by the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART).  The event brought together healthcare leaders, clinicians, researchers, and manufacturers to discuss the latest advances in the industry and to connect the engineers that design rehabilitative products with the providers that use them with their patients.

Booths throughout the venue displayed the world’s most cutting edge therapy resources, and talks throughout the week discussed advances in neurologic recovery, the future of robotic devices, and ideas for integrating them into comprehensive therapy programs.

NeuroHope Founder & Executive Director, Chris Leeuw hosted a panel discussion titled:  “V.I.T. – Not Only For V.I.P.: How to Make Very Intensive Therapy Effective and Affordable”, that discussed the need for greater accessibility to the state-of-the-art interventions created to help injured individuals on their road to recovery.  The expert panel featured Dr. Gery Colombo (inventor of the Lokomat and CEO of Hocoma, one of the leading manufacturers for neurorehabilitation solutions in the world), Dr. Dale Hull (Founder & Executive Director of Neuroworx, a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic in Salt Lake City), and Dr. Volker Homberg (Secretary General of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation).

It is an exciting time in the world of neurorecovery!

Breakthroughs in research are taking place in labs around the world, and new forms of rehabilitation technology are reaching the market to help more people living with disabilities.  The goal of Rehab Week was to advance the conversation and find innovative ways to connect the industry to better serve the patients in need.

It was a fantastic week, and NeuroHope is proud to have been part of the conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Leeuw to Moderate at Rehab Week 2017

NeuroHope Founder and Executive Director, Chris Leeuw, will be the Moderator at the Rehab Week 2017 panel discussion, “V.I.T. – Not Only For V.I.P.: How to Make Very Intensive Therapy Effective and Affordable” July 20th in London.

Rehab Week is a series of conferences presented by the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART).  The event brings together healthcare leaders, researchers, and manufacturers from around the world to discuss the latest advances in the industry, and to connect the engineers that design rehabilitative products with the clinicians that use them with their patients.

The panel discussion on July 20 will focus on the importance of making state-of-the-art interventions affordable and accessible to the patients that need them.  Panelists will include: Dr. Volker Homberg, Secretary General of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Dr. Dale Hull, Founder and Executive Director of Neuroworx, Dr. Gery Columbo, CEO of Hocoma, and Dr. Marta Imamura, Medical Officer at the World Health Organization.

View the promo video for the panel discussion below, and learn more about Rehab Week by clicking here.

Video Transcript:

“There is a new paradigm of neurologic recovery that is taking place. Technology, state-of-the-art interventions, and new rehabilitative tools and devices are being researched and incorporated more and more into the recovery process.  It is a “cog” in the wheel of a comprehensive program that emphasizes high intensity, repetition, and continued access, so patients can be put in a position to maximize recovery and improve their quality of life.

There is a problem with the traditional healthcare model that centers around reimbursement instead of patient access.  Healthcare costs are rising and insurance caps for rehabilitative therapy are becoming more restrictive.   We are at a time where discoveries are being made and innovations are becoming available, but in most places, long term access to these resources are more limited than ever.

So, how do we fix it?

This is the conversation we will be having at Rehab Week in London. The Thursday panel will bring together healthcare leaders from leading hospitals, specialized rehabilitation clinics, the World Health Organization, and manufacturers of some of the most innovative technologies available.

I’m excited to lead the discussion because I’ve lived it.  I have battled back from my own spinal cord injury and been through the recovery process as a patient, and now, as a provider.”

 

 

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!

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