Though the new spinal center in Wisconsin is for veterans, its gleaming facilities won't be limited to those veterans who have sustained injuries in combat.
Most of the neck injury patients who will be treated there will have suffered damage to their spinal cords in car accidents and slips and falls, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Milwaukee VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center will have 68,000 square feet, or more than three times the amount of room the previous facility had.
Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the $27.5 million federally funded center. Patients will begin moving in later this year or perhaps early next year, the newspaper stated.
The facility has a number of design elements to help spinal cord injury victims get around better, learn how to cope with the outside world, and regain their confidence.
- The dining area, for instance, has tables that drop down from the ceiling, meaning the tables don't have legs that block wheelchairs.
- The physical and occupational therapy areas are state-of-the-art, featuring a car with which patients can practice getting in and out, as well as a physical training device with robotic legs.
- The facility also includes a greenhouse for therapeutic purposes and a vocational rehab center with computers that can be operated visually, by touch or with voice commands.
- It also features "virtual reality" training that allows patients to exercise by playing sports such as football and volleyball.
- In addition, it has a sleep center for veterans with sleep disorders.
Wisconsin veterans with spinal cord injuries will soon be able to get the medical and rehabilitative care they need and deserve.
With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, many who suffered their injuries as a result of someone else's negligence can also receive the compensation they need and deserve.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "New spinal facility to open at VA medical center" by Meg Jones: Aug. 28, 2011