LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—A new tool is helping rehab patients at Gundersen Lutheran.
The rehabilitation unit is now equipped with a car, so patients are able to practice getting in and out of the car and loading things in the trunk.
Financial support came from the Panos-Meiers family. Sleepy Hollow in Viroqua donated the vehicle. It's used for patients with injuries ranging from broken bones to brain injuries to stroke victims.
"Before we had this car, we couldn't do that unless someone pulled their car around from the ramp, which is way down and the weather and the weather can be a little bit bad for us in certain seasons," said Dr. Mark Domroese, the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Gundersen Lutheran Health System. "So this has allowed us to start working with patients from day one, to work on transferring in and out of their vehicles safely, and also teaching with family in a more controlled environment."
Construction at the new Gundersen Lutheran hospital made it possible to get the car in the building. The car was hoisted through an opening in the new building and brought to the third floor rehab unit.
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