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Humac Balance System

87 PIES DONATED AND SOLD at HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

Over $1450 was raised at the Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale in February as, once again, the community supported and enjoyed this traditional annual event. The Hospital Auxiliary members expressed a deep thank-you to the community for their support. The funds raised will go to purchase equipment for the local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital.

Equipment purchased last year by the Hospital Auxiliary for Boundary Community Hospital included new furniture for the emergency room lobby, a laminator for office use, two fish tank filters for the fish tank in the Outpatient Clinic, and a Humac Balance System.

The Humac Balance System is a fun way to do serious work in the Rehabilitation Department. The rehabilitation patient is seemingly playing games as he maneuvers the skiing figure on the screen over bumps and through gates in a downhill rush over hard-packed snow. Soon the patient merges with the online figure and begins veering from side to side, now and then barely escaping a crash into the plastic fence lining the snow-covered downhill course, as he picks up speed racing for the finish line.

All the while, the system is assessing balance and producing objective measurements by tracking the needed information that determines the patient’s level of functional limitation. Measurements can be made of the amount of weight a patient puts on their partial weight-bearing leg for those recovering from fractures and some types of hip replacements.

The balance system also has a concussion protocol for testing the baseline and post-injury assessment after a head injury. It is also measuring limits of stability and the center of pressure.

Patients that benefit from this fun, high-tech equipment are patients with knee and hip injuries or surgery; back and neck problems; neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and stroke; and post-cancer treatments. Patients with vertigo or other balance disorders, and the elderly with increased fall risk also benefit from the games on the balance system.

Being able to obtain objective data when assessing balance deficits is a great gift to the community.

“It was a pleasure to see the reaction of the Hospital Auxiliary members when they made a visit to the Rehabilitation Department at the hospital to see this remarkable piece of equipment they purchased, “ says hospital spokesperson Marcia Morman. “Their eyes were sparkling when they witnessed first-hand the benefit of their hard work and contribution to the community. Petra Timmermans, head of the Rehabilitation Department, did a good job of demonstrating the equipment by having several of the members take a turn on the balance system trying out one of the interactive games.”

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