MURRAY CALLOWAY ENDOWMENT FOR HEALTHCARE DONATES LITEGAIT FOR USE WITH STROKE PATIENTS

Posted 03/26/2018

 Endowment Donates LiteGait
Pictured, from left: Cassie Broker (Program Director), Dr. Monte Rommelman (Medical Director), Kaye Zweedyk (LiteGait Donor), Khadra Clayborn (Social Worker), Shandi James (Rehab Coordinator/Occupational Therapist), Robin Blake (Physical Therapist), Suzanne Seeley (Registered Dietician), Camille McSwain (Clinical Liaison/Registered Nurse), Crisann Chandler (Speech Therapist)


The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare’s donor Kay Zweedyk of Hardin, KY, donates a LiteGait® for use with stroke patients who are receiving care in the Acute Inpatient Rehab Facility at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. 

The LiteGait® is a partial-weight-bearing gait therapy device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground.

It creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels. LiteGait provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement. Its unique harness design not only permits unilateral or bilateral support allowing progression of the weight bearing load from non to full weight bearing, but also allows the clinician to manually assist the legs and pelvis to achieve proper gait patterns.

This equipment valued at nearly $13,000 will be used to advance stroke patients who are receiving therapy and are a patient of the Acute Rehab program.

“Over the last year our inpatient rehab unit has experienced a growth in admissions of approximately 107%. Of those patients served nearly 38% were admitted due to some type of neurological condition. This device will help our rehab team better serve those patients in an effort to maximize their functional abilities with the end goal of each patient being able to return home. We are thankful to Kay and for her generosity in donating this item to our rehab unit.”

“Kay Zweedyk has contributed over $125,000 to the Endowment to support many of our programs. Its’ donors like her that make a difference in helping us with equipment needs to offer the best technology for our patients and to improve their outcomes,” said Keith Travis, Chief Development Officer.

To find out how you can make an investment in good health, contact Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, at 270.762.1908 or visit murrayhospital.org.

In 2008, Murray-Calloway County Hospital created the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare to improve the quality, access and affordability of healthcare in our region. Its purpose is to advance the mission and vision of your public, not-for-profit hospital.