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Inpatient Rehab Gym Dedicated in Honor of Joshua Harr Shane
Date: 1/27/2016

On Friday, January 22, RWJ Hamilton joined the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation in dedicating the hospital’s new inpatient rehabilitation room in honor of Joshua Harr Shane.

The rehabilitation room, located within the RWJ Center for Orthopedic & Spine Health in the hospital’s Lakefront Tower, houses state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy equipment used to help surgical patients begin the healing process before returning home.

Shane was an East Windsor resident and Rutgers University student who died in a car accident in 2000. He was an active community volunteer who dreamed of becoming a doctor.

His family founded the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation to carry on his mission of community service. Through their pledge of $50,000 to support patient rehabilitation at RWJ Hamilton, his family hopes to allow his memory to continue to touch the lives of patients in his community.

The highlight of the new inpatient rehabilitation room is a car-transfer simulator for hip surgery patients. Patients who have received hip joint replacement surgery are highly susceptible to injury by simply twisting their leg, crossing their legs, or bending over too far. The car transfer simulator allows patients to train on correct techniques to ensure a successful outcome and prevent dislocation after surgery.

“We are excited about this addition to the RWJ Center for Orthopedic & Spine Health, which provides an expert team skilled in the latest technology, orthopedic and surgical procedures, pain management and rehabilitation for our patients,” said RWJ Hamilton President & CEO Richard Freeman.

RWJ Hamilton is the only hospital in the region nationally certified by the Joint Commission in knee replacement, hip replacement and spine surgery, and to offer robotic arm-assisted surgery using the MAKOplasty surgical robot.

"Our ability to provide physical therapy for our patients beginning the day of surgery has been critical to our success,” Freeman said. “This rehabilitation gym will ensure that our patients continue to have excellent results and are prepared to resume their normal lives after surgery.”

Speakers at the dedication also included New Jersey Senators Linda Greenstein and Raymond Lesniak, East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov and RWJ Health System Senior Vice President for Development Brian Agnew.