Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Becomes First California Children’s Hospital to Receive Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulators

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Kimberly BeDell, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, joins California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation board members to receive a $40,000 donation for Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulators, changing the way children with central nervous injuries redevelop motor skills for rehabilitation. 

Kimberly BeDell, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, joins California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation board members to receive a $40,000 donation for Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulators, changing the way children with central nervous injuries redevelop motor skills for rehabilitation.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Department at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach accepted a $40,000 donation from the California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation (CCRF) on Tuesday, March 25, to purchase Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulators, which help children develop strength and function in their upper and lower extremities after sustaining central nervous system injuries.

“Miller Children’s is the first children’s hospital in California to receive a Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulator,” says Dr. Kimberly BeDell, medical director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and founder, California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. “This donation allows young patients to receive a distinct rehabilitation experience that helps them to confidently move again.”

For children who are capable of movement but are stricken with weakness caused by ailments such as a stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, the Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulator supports a child’s rehabilitation by transmitting natural electrical signals from the brain to the muscles used to stimulate proper ranges of motion and vitality in the arms and legs.

In addition to the equipment, a portion of the donation will be dedicated to training the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department’s physical therapists, so they may assist Miller Children’s patients safely and securely.

“The California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation works closely with the therapists so that the needs of patients are met with the most unique programs for recovery,” says Dr. BeDell. “Once therapists are trained, they can then pass on their knowledge to students and the community in the future.”

The $40,000 donation used to procure Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulators for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department was raised at the California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation’s Roaring Twenties Casino Night annual fundraiser last year that included a live and silent auction, dinner and entertainment.

The California Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation has raised more than $300,000 for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department since its inception in 2007. CCRF provides programs to patients that aren’t readily available within the community and accommodates the special needs of children while on their path to recovery.

Anna Sladkey, physical therapist, Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, tries on the Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulator, for the first time, which is used to stimulate functionality in the upper extremities of children.

Anna Sladkey, physical therapist, Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, tries on the Bioness Functional Electrical Stimulator, for the first time, which is used to stimulate functionality in the upper extremities of children.

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