The Neuro-Rehabilitation Center at Barrow Neurological Institute is working on an exciting addition: an indoor staircase with a unique overhead track and harness system.
Currently, the layout of the hospital limits therapists in the inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit to outdoor stairwells and a four-step stairway in the gym when assessing patients’ abilities to climb stairs. Weather does not always permit the use of outdoor stairwells, and the four-step stairway does not offer the real-world experience of a full flight of stairs.
To make way for the project, construction crews demolished a non-operational escalator and its concrete walls in the Stained Glass Lobby below the Third Avenue Bridge.
The overhead track will use robotics to provide patients with partial weight-bearing support, allowing them to practice climbing stairs in a safe and controlled environment. This safety measure will expand stair training to patients of a variety of ability levels and provide additional training options—such as with or without handrails—which can ultimately improve outcomes.
The stairway will serve as a unique tool in a rehabilitation setting, not only locally but also regionally and nationally. It further demonstrates our commitment to offering the latest rehabilitation technologies to help patients reach the highest level of function and independence possible.
Thank you to Chip and Daryl Weil and Michael and Sandy Hecomovich for your generous support in making this project a reality.