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Lake Hospital System Offers Wii-habilitation
Date:6/5/2008

I'm standing by myself and playing a game. It's pretty remarkable."

John Timmons, who is recovering from a stroke, has regained strength and improved his balance using Wii Fit.

"It'll make you work your muscles but you don't realize you're working them because you're having fun," Timmons said.

While Wii will never replace traditional therapy techniques, like leg lifts, stationary biking and arm stretches, John Baniewicz, M.D., medical director of Lake Hospital System's Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation, is impressed by the progress patients have made using the video gaming system.

"Because Wii is goal-oriented and competition-oriented, it motivates patients to step outside of their comfort zone and do things they might be reluctant to do in another setting," he said. "We're seeing patients at all levels of function, even those confined to wheelchairs, attain improved balance and strength."

Baniewicz said that Wii has also been useful in occupational therapy, which helps patients relearn daily living skills including brushing teeth, combing hair and getting dressed.

About Lake Hospital System

For six consecutive years NorthCoast 99 has named Lake Hospital System one of the 99 Best Places to work in Northeast Ohio. Thomson also recently named Lake Hospital System one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for cardiovascular care. A leader in community-based health care in Northeast Ohio, Lake Hospital System provides high-quality, accessible health services for all stages of life. Lake Hospital System delivers progressive, compassionate health care through eight state-of-the-art facilities staffed by more than 500 physicians and 2,600 health care professionals.

Contacts:

Kristin Wilson, Brokaw Inc.

216.685.4526

kwilson@brokaw.com

Julie Strogin, Lake Hospital System

440.354.1940

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