SoldierStrong, a nonprofit that provides medical technology for military veterans, has partnered with the Fraternal Order of Eagles to donate an exoskeleton to the CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, according to a press release.
The device, an EksoGT (Ekso Bionics), is the first and only exoskeleton to receive FDA approval for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries from L5 to C7, according to the release.
“We are gratefully for the generosity of these national organizations and for their commitment to helping veterans,” Larry Niemann, director of rehabilitation service at the CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute, said in the release. “This heartfelt donation will help our rehabilitation program deliver even more leading treatments to our patients, many of whom are veterans, to help them stand up and relearn to walk.”
According to SoldierStrong, the EksoGT exoskeleton allows patients to achieve mobility earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high-intensity steps. Paired with SmartAssist software, the exoskeleton can exert various levels of power to either side of the patient’s body, challenging the patient as he or she progresses through rehabilitation.
SoldierStrong and the Fraternal Order of Eagles have collaborated twice before to donate EksoGT devices to rehabilitation programs that serve injured U.S. veterans.
“SoldierStrong is pleased to help CHI Health better serve their community,” Chris Meek, co-founder and chairman of SoldierStrong, said in the release. “We are honored to partner again with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an organization that shares our unwavering commitment to helping as many of our service members as possible.”