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Marianjoy Begins Construction on Tellabs Center for Neurorehabilitation and Neuroplasticity

WHEATON, ILL., May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital recently began construction on the new Tellabs Center for Neurorehabilitation and Neuroplasticity (TCNN), a 4,800 square-foot treatment space dedicated to providing patients access to the latest innovations in rehabilitation technology. The center is expected to open in September 2016, and will be part of the Marianjoy Assistive Rehabilitation Technology Institute located on the main hospital campus in Wheaton.

Supported by a generous grant from the Tellabs Foundation, the center will be home to the hospital's most advanced technology for patients receiving treatment following a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, post-concussion syndrome and a variety of neurologic conditions.

"The creation of this new center will allow patients access to innovative physical rehabilitation delivered with the caring spirit they have come to expect from Marianjoy," said Kathleen Yosko, President of Marianjoy. "We are profoundly grateful to the Tellabs Foundation for their gift which will enable us to blend our history of 'high-touch' compassionate care with the 'high-tech' legacy of Tellabs."

The new treatment technology to be offered in the TCNN has the potential to dramatically improve outcomes for Marianjoy patients, approximately 70 percent of whom have some form of neurologic impairment. According to Dr. Jeffrey Oken, Vice President for Medical Affairs at Marianjoy, "utilizing the resources within this center, clinicians will be able to provide interdisciplinary comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services utilizing cutting-edge technology and evidence-based treatment protocols, which will optimize patient mobility and function."

The advanced treatment capabilities of the TCNN at Marianjoy will allow clinicians to begin interventions at earlier stages of recovery, promoting brain neuroplasticity – the capability of nerve cells in the brain to reorganize and reconnect to new neural pathways around damaged areas – which is a growing focus of research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Among the many new care offerings in the TCNN will be treatment utilizing the ZeroG® Gait and Balance Training System, a ceiling-mounted harness system that provides dynamic body-weight support to patients learning to walk after illness or injury. The center will also feature robotic devices including the Ekso™ GT exoskeleton and the Armeo®Power arm rehabilitation device. This equipment will be used in conjunction with traditional therapy designed to optimize patient improvement.

About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, is a specialty rehabilitation hospital located in Wheaton, Il. Dedicated to the delivery of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Marianjoy offers specialty programs for adult and pediatric patients requiring inpatient acute, sub-acute, or outpatient rehabilitation following an illness, accident, or injury. Clinicians and therapists at Marianjoy provide individualized intensive therapy for patients seeking to regain physical function and independence. For more information, visit www.Marianjoy.org.

About the Tellabs Foundation
The Tellabs Foundation was established by Tellabs, Inc., a global telecommunications equipment provider formerly based in Naperville, Illinois. The Tellabs Foundation supports the priority areas of education, health and the environment. Since 1997, the Foundation has given more than $20 million to nonprofit organizations.

For more information about this or any of the offerings at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital please contact John Brady at 630-909-7520 or via email at jbrady@marianjoy.org.

CONTACT: John Brady Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital P: 630.909.7520 | F: 630.909.7519 E: jbrady@marianjoy.org marianjoy.orgSource:Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital-chi