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Dear Ms. Grasso, I just wanted to take a minute to commend you and your staff. My mother, Gilberte H., has been in and out of Port Rehab since November 2018. It does help when I am there and witness the care and compassion extended to her in her time of need. I wish I could think of the names of all the staff there who I feel have not only done their job well, but went over and above, but I will mention the few names that stand out to me. Cara has been especially patient and kind with Mom. Paul makes her smile and laugh, and the one who really prompted me to even think to write this letter is David. I believe he’s an LPN; he administers her medications. He treats her with incredible compassion, gentleness, and kindness and allows her the dignity she deserves. I don’t want to leave out all the Occupational and Physical Therapists who work with Mom. They are all exceptionally professional and wonderful. Thank you for caring enough to have a facility which seems to encourage care for those who are in dire need of compassion. Sincerely, Elaine P.


Port Healthcare Center

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

Bionic leg aids Bob Lobel’s quest to walk freely

by Robert Greim, excerpted from bostonherald.com
Pool workouts, weight training and hobbling around on crutches just wasn’t cutting it. So the 69-year-old sports maestro and his therapists turned to the magic packed into the $40,000 AlterG Bionic Leg.

The battery-operated robotic smart-leg — that wraps around an injured limb (think “RoboCop”) — beeps, buzzes and propels the patient up stairs and down hallways. The company rents out the skintight exoskeleton for $700 to $1,000 a month, depending on hours of use.

“I enjoy using the machine, other than the fact it’s weird and makes sounds; it gives you that feedback, audio feedback, of doing it correctly or not correctly,” Lobel told the Herald as he took a test stroll at the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westboro.

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