BMC’s Annual Fund 2019: Supporting BMC’s Center for Rehabilitation
“It has completely changed the course of my life,” Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) patient Terry said when describing his experience working with the skilled clinicians and the advanced therapy equipment available at BMC’s Center for Rehabilitation. At the age of 19, Terry suffered a spinal cord injury in a serious automobile accident when he was serving in the U.S. Navy on his way to Vietnam. Now, decades later, he has been working diligently with Jessica Dellaghelfa and Thomas Berkery, both Doctors of Physical Therapy at BMC.
Thanks to the help of the BMC team, Terry realized that he could strengthen his body and recover mobility in his legs for standing, walking, and cycling. Terry’s amazing transformation has been made possible through consistent rehabilitation work with a robotic exoskeleton, a revolutionary therapy tool that provides patients with machine-assisted support for standing, walking, and balancing. Terry says he feels “absolutely empowered” and now is feeling very hopeful for his future.
After Steve experienced a traumatic brain hemorrhage in early 2018, the couple left their home in the Berkshires and moved to Boston for over a year so that Steve, who experienced paralysis in half of his body, could receive intensive rehabilitation care. However, in early 2019, Steve and Sharon spoke with BMC’s Rehabilitation Department Manager, Kelly McCarthy, and learned of another option. As a result of the staff’s expertise and the advanced technology available at the BMC Center for Rehabilitation, Steve could return to the Berkshires and receive world-class rehabilitation and therapy care while he recovered in the comfort of his own home.
“We are so enormously grateful to BMC,” said Sharon, as she watched her husband Steve working in the exoskeleton with his physical therapists during a recent session at Berkshire Medical Center.
Check out this video of Steve, Sharon, and the exoskeleton in action, which aired on WGBY's Connecting Point on December 30.
BMC’s outpatient rehabilitation program, which cares for more than 1,800 patients each month, has been steadily growing and adapting to meet patients’ needs. The purchase and implementation of new equipment, like the exoskeleton, helps patients take the next steps in their journeys towards healthier and more active lives. However, this costly equipment is in high-demand and access for patients is often limited.
We are asking for your support of BMC’s Annual Fund Campaign, which will fund the purchase of a second exoskeleton, as well as other physical therapy equipment for BMC’s rehabilitation program. Your gift to this campaign will ensure that all patients can have increased access to the exceptional resources available at BMC’s Center for Rehabilitation. Because of your gift to the Annual Fund, more patients will be able to find the hope, excitement, and success that Terry and Steve have experienced here at BMC.
Thank you for your generosity!
You can also donate by check, payable to: Berkshire Medical Center
Please mail all donations by check to:
Development & Community Relations Office
Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Questions? Please contact the BMC Development & Community Relations Office at 413-447-2060.
Berkshire Medical Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.