LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sam Weakley got up from his seat and walked slowly through the large sunlit room to a platform where he practiced the steps up and down.
Around his left leg he carried an electrical stimulator to help alter gait, caused by a stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
“I’m re-learning how to do a lot of things,” Weakley, 72, of Louisville, said as he sat in a therapy room at Norton Healthcare’s new Brownsboro Institute of Neuroscience.
Norton unveiled the new institute Monday. It will officially open on Thursday.
Weakley said his fight right now is balance and that he has been working with Norton for two months to get it back. He tried orthopedic therapy in the past before coming to Norton.
“The difference between orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation is night and day,” he said, affirming the progress he has made with the leg stimulator.
The mostly empty room will not stay that way for long. New state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment will be delivered in the coming days, which includes a virtual reality balance assessment system, a driving simulator and robot-assisted therapy.
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The $ 15 million facility, located on the top two floors of Norton Plaza III at 4915 Norton Healthcare Blvd., covers more than 48,000 feet.
The plants include clinical, diagnostic, procedural and rehabilitation spaces. Open windows allow sunlight to shine in art based on the human brain. The consulting rooms are designed to be large enough for entire families.
“We wanted to create a place where, when patients and their families came in, they felt immediately, as soon as they pressed the elevator button, as soon as they got off the elevator, they were in a place where everyone is passionate and dedicated to treating people with neuroscience disorders, ”said Dr. David Sun, neurosurgeon and executive medical director of the Norton Neuroscience Institute.
“It comes from open airspace, it comes from wall art, it comes from doctors and all clinical specialists.”
The apartments are home to the Cressman Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders centers at the Norton Neuroscience Institute, Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation and a pain treatment clinic.
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Experts will treat a variety of conditions at the site, including brain, spine and nervous system tumors, stroke, epilepsy, migraine and headaches, dementia and memory.
“The treatment of the neurosciences is evolving rapidly,” Russell Cox, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare, said at the presentation. “We will keep up to date, continue to invest. And give patients in this community what they deserve now and for decades to come.”
It already works for patient Weakley, who said the new space is “amazing.”
“It’s the most impressive installation I’ve ever seen for this kind of thing.”
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