Eric LeGrand & Adam Taliaferro Visit Patients at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital

September 10, 2014

Eric LeGrand, Rutgers University alumni and Adam Taliaferro Penn State University alumni, football players who suffered serious spinal cord injuries on the field, visited with patients and families today to share their inspiring stories and give hope to patients recovering from traumatic injuries, just like their own. The pair personally met with several spinal cord injury patients that came in from home, as well as the two dozen inpatients at the hospital.   

“We were thrilled Eric and Adam both agreed to meet with our patients and families,” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital. “Having successful, passionate leaders, who are also people who have suffered similar injuries,  to the children they met today is tremendously inspiring. We are so thankful to New Jerseayans like Eric and Adam who will extend themselves to others.”  

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital and treats children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses at twelve sites throughout New Jersey.   

“It was so great to meet with these kids and their families and share our experiences knowing we can relate with what they are going through,” said LeGrand. “PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital is such a special place and provides incredible care to children that need it most.”   

LeGrand and Taliaferro have been chosen as honorary captains for a Big 10 game to be played at RU stadium, Sat, Sept 13 – RU vs PSU.   

“I’m honored to have been asked to visit with these very special kids,” said Taliaferro. “PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital is amazing, a place of healing and hope for those impacted by traumatic injury. The ZeroG technology is very impressive. It helps get kids up and walking safely and sooner!”  

Pediatric patients recovering from a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital now have access to ZeroG, cutting edge balance and gait training system that helps patients to walk again. Children’s Specialized Hospital is one of only two children’s hospitals in the country to offer ZeroG as part of the intensive pediatric rehabilitation program.  

“According to 2013 pediatric functional independence measure (WeeFIM), our outcomes and recovery rate for our brain injury, spinal cord and stroke patients far surpass the national average of similar institutions,” said Christopher Haines, DO, MBA, FAAP, FACEP, chief medical officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “The combination of advances in medical technology, like ZeroG, and the comprehensive medical and family centered care delivered to our patients, Children’s Specialized Hospital is a national leader in pediatric rehabilitation.”  

The ZeroG is the newest addition to the therapy program, but the highly skilled team utilizes many other treatments for children with spinal cord dysfunction, stroke and brain injury. Each patient’s treatment plan combines a vigorous rehabilitation program with comprehensive medical and nursing care and community integration trips, school visits, and home evaluations to ensure a smooth transition to home and school.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals. 

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