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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
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Burke therapists are seen here working one-on-one with patients.
Sandra Alexandrou, PT, Program Director for Burke's Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Programs (L) and Physical Therapist Jennifer Virga, PT (R), assist a spinal cord injury patient with Burke's Litegait® machine that offers patients supported suspension in an environment free from falls.
A Burke Speech Therapist conducts a “Swallowing” Test on a patient who recently had a stroke.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital first opened its doors in 1915 and served patients who suffered from pneumonia, ulcers, fatigue, cardiac problems and thyroid disease. Over the years, Burke’s comprehensive services have evolved making it a leader in rehabilitation medicine. Today, Burke offers in-patient programs for those who have experienced a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurological disorder, amputation, joint replacement or orthopedic surgery.

All Burke in-patient programs are supervised by full-time, specially trained physicians. Each program also employs a Director who is an expert in either physical or occupational therapy. As an acute rehabilitation hospital, Burke offers three times as much therapy then offered at a sub-acute or skilled nursing facility. Three hours of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy are offered each day and always based on the needs of each patient.

Burke utilizes the latest equipment available for these therapies, including the Litegait®,
Restorative Therapies’ functional electrical stimulation systems, and Saebo products. According to Sandra Alexandrou, PT, Program Director of the Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Programs at Burke, “We are always investing in new and emerging technologies that allow patients maximum recovery during their rehabilitation.”

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology, Burke also features a Medical Research Institute on premises specializing in rehabilitation research. This offers patients a Think Tank of the world’s brightest minds seeking (and finding) new ways to help heal the
body and regain function.

The institute is staffed with 75 scientists who conduct research in many areas, including robot assisted therapy for those who have lost mobility due to a stroke and non-invasive electro-stimulation for those with motor deficits following stroke or spinal cord injury. Burke utilizes a team approach to rehabilitation. Each patient receives the expertise of staff physicians, specialists, therapists, social workers, and even nutritionists. Burke also offers many additional services to assist patients in making their maximum recovery.

For example, Burke employs a full-time neuropsychologist to evaluate patients with neurological diagnoses to ensure that their psychological and emotional needs are also met. Patients experiencing a brain injury, stroke or other neurological disorder often also experience emotional effects from these life changing events. Burke’s staff is available to evaluate and treat these needs which can go unaddressed at facilities without this service. “When someone experiences a life changing medical event such as a brain injury or spinal cord injury, it’s important to treat the entire person, not just their diagnosis.

Our comprehensive services do just that,” Alexandrou added. For more information about Burke Rehabilitation’s programs, please call (914) 597-2500 or 888-99-Burke or on the web at www.

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