Beasley Allen partners with Childrens Hospital for National Wii Hab Program

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September 1, 2009

author:
WENDI LEWIS

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Pictured: Beasley Allen’s Scott Thomas, right, presents the Wii to Children’s Hospital Rehab Medicine Specialist Dr. Drew Davis

childrens hospital Beasley Allen partners with Childrens Hospital for National Wii Hab Program

Beasley Allen will present a Wii gaming system and Wii Fit game to Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Patients will be on hand to try out the new Wii, and administrators, staff and physicians will be available for interviews.

Beasley Allen law firm and dozens of other attorneys from across the country are banding together to help people with disabilities, as well as those recovering from injuries including strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries. By working together and donating dozens of Nintendo Wiis to local rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities, we hope to help thousands of people. The Wii is becoming popular as a therapeutic tool. The game console’s unique, motion-sensitive controller requires body movements similar to traditional therapy exercises, but engages the user in such a way that they actually enjoy the experience and can work longer.

Beasley Allen utilized its presence on the popular social networking site, Facebook, to gather suggestions from Beasley Allen “friends” and “fans” about who should benefit from Project Wii-hab in our area. Children’s Hospital was selected as the overwhelming favorite. The Wii will go to the UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s, which serves children with conditions affecting motor development, function and independence.

More than just a game, the Wii has been changing perceptions about what exercise is all about, and making it accessible to people with limited physical abilities. The Wii offers a variety of virtual sports, including bowling, golf and tennis, using a handheld wireless controller.

Project Wii-hab is being coordinated nationwide by The InjuryBoard Foundation, Inc., the non-profit arm of InjuryBoard.com, an online community of personal injury law firms, attorneys, safety industry experts and consumer advocates.

About Children’s Hospital
The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is a private, not-for-profit hospital that is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. Located in Birmingham, Children’s is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is licensed for 275 beds. The hospital was recently recognized for the excellence of its nursing care by achieving Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and selected as the state’s Lead Center in a national network of care for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury. The Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine utilizes an interdisciplinary team of experts to help children with physical impairments to achieve the highest level of independent functioning possible. Children’s will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.chsys.org.

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