Innovation: Facilities and Technology
Sunil Hegde, MD, MD, medical director, outpatient rehabilitation, at Huntington Memorial Hospital, is leading efforts to bring advanced rehabilitation technologies to patients here. In 2012, we became the first hospital in Southern California — and just the third in the western United States — to acquire the revolutionary EksoTM exoskeleton, a bionic walking suit with the potential to restore mobility to those with lower-extremity weakness or paralysis.
Bionic exoskeleton technology was made possible thanks to a gift to the hospital from San Gabriel Valley philanthropists Harry Tsao and Carol Chen, and Talmadge and Renata O’Neill. Harry is continuing a family tradition of helping those with mobility impairments. For Huntington Hospital, Ekso is an extension of our tradition of excellence.
For additional details regarding Harry, Carol and the O’Neills’ involvement with neurorehabilitation at Huntington Hospital, please see page 4 of our Spring 2013 Advocate publication.
Pioneering advances at the hospital have long been fueled by community support and forward-thinking physician leadership. Other examples of the hospital’s investment in state-of-the-art facilities and technology, made possible by generous philanthropic involvement, include:
- The Wingate Building, completed in 1964, which housed one of the nation’s first intensive care units.
- Multileaf collimators, acquired in 1999, further enhancing radiation treatment capabilities at Huntington Hospital Cancer Center.
- Reconfiguration of PICU (2011) and current refurbishment of the hospital’s pediatric department, and
- Expansion of our Emergency & Trauma Center.
Today, generous community philanthropists continue to support the very best of facilities and technologies, helping to ensure the very best of care. To find our how you can support this funding priority at the hospital, please call the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241.