Grant will allow NeuroHope to expand rehabilitation and fitness center to provide long-term care for spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke survivors
NeuroHope, a nonprofit rehabilitation and wellness center for people recovering from neurologic injuries, has received a $1 million grant from the OrthoIndy Foundation to expand its continued care programs for spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke. As part of the expansion, NeuroHope has added staff, operating space, and opened an adaptive fitness center so people living with neurologic conditions can have affordable access to long-term rehabilitation programs when they leave the hospital.
“Neurologic injuries take months or years to maximize recovery, but patients are often discharged from insurance-covered care in a matter of weeks,” said Elliot Cohee, Director of Therapy at NeuroHope. “We are building a program in Indianapolis that provides a critical next step in care so patients can maximize recovery and improve long-term quality of life.”
John Ryan, CEO of OrthoIndy, agreed.
“Indiana is so blessed to have NeuroHope championing the continuity of care of Hoosiers,” said Ryan. “It is an honor for our OrthoIndy Foundation to support NeuroHope in their efforts to fill this critical gap in care.”
Since 2015, NeuroHope has helped hundreds of families on the road to recovery. The outpatient center added occupational therapy to its services, and grew its adaptive wellness center earlier in the year after winning a grant from Impact 100 of Greater Indianapolis. The new 3-year grant from the OrthoIndy Foundation will expand services to help more people after they are discharged from the hospital and traditional therapy.
NeuroHope was created after Founder and Executive Director Chris Leeuw suffered a severe spinal cord injury from a swimming accident that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. After traveling across the country to receive long-term therapy, he re-learned to walk and moved back to Indianapolis determined to open a center for others recovering from paralysis.
“These injuries are life-changing,” said Leeuw. “NeuroHope was created so patients have the support they need throughout their entire recovery process. By providing long-term, affordable access to therapy and fitness programs, this grant creates a continued care center unlike any in the community.”