Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital is the first in Arizona with ZeroG!

Source: Surprise Independent

Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital of Surprise is the first hospital in Arizona to provide the ZeroG robotic body-weight support system by Aretech to allow paralyzed patients to walk.  The ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System will be demonstrated as part of a public open house from 9 to 11am December 12th at the hospital on 13060 W. Bell Road.

This robotic body-weight support system is mounted to a motorized trolley that rides along an overhead track. The system is designed to allow patients who are paralyzed to practice walking and balance therapy safely and independently.

“ZeroG may protect our patients from falling and compensates for weakness and poor coordination, which we believe will help accelerate therapy and maximize outcomes,”  Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital of Surprise Medical Director Raj Singh said.

ZeroG at Cobalt Rehabilitation

ZeroG at Cobalt Rehabilitation













Kathy Brady and Spencer Dunn demonstrate Cobalt’s new robotic body-weight support system that allows paralyzed people to walk.


Tours will be available at the $17.5 million, 40-bed hospital, which is the first rehabilitation hospital in Surprise. Abrazo Community Health Network will be providing health screenings.

Cobalt, which offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, will be changing the way physical rehabilitation is delivered. “Patient comfort is a priority during recovery,” Cobalt founder and principal Erik de Vries said.

The hospital will feature private patient rooms and some will have living rooms, inpatient and outpatient programs, and upscale, hotel-like amenities.  The living rooms have pull-out beds so that people can stay overnight in patients’ rooms.

About 140 specially trained nurses, therapists and other clinicians will treat patients recovering from traumatic and debilitating illness. The hospital will have 40 private rooms of which 12 beds will be dedicated to the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott said that Cobalt and Abrazo’s partnership is bringing an important resource to area residents.

“This project represents a $17.5 million investment in our city, brings high-quality medical jobs here, helps to revitalize the area around Dysart and Bell roads and, most importantly, Cobalt will provide specialized brain-injury treatment closer to home for patients living throughout the West Valley,” Wolcott said.

The new hospital will serve a growing need for rehabilitative care in the burgeoning West Valley and a destination rehabilitation hospital for patients from throughout Arizona and outside the state, Abrazo Community Health Network’s Market Chief Executive Officer Michele Finney said.

“Working with Cobalt will enable us to expand our services and ensure that our patients receive quality care throughout their rehabilitation,” Mr. Finney said.


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