Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Kicks off 2015 Centennial Celebration
Burke rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains officially kicked off a year-long celebration to commemorate its 100 years of pioneering rehabilitation with a ribbon cutting of its Burke Centennial Lobby Exhibit on January 22. The lobby exhibit’s “Then and Now” theme features numerous vignettes highlighting Burke’s past, present, and future. The exhibit, which is in Burke’s Wood Pavilion is open to the public through the end of the year. Visitors can view artifacts and relics dating back to Burke’s inception 100 years ago, such as a hand-printed original blueprint of Burke’s Billings Building by renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead & White and a turn-of-the-century pocket watch owned by John Masterson Burke, the hospital’s founder. The exhibit also highlights new innovations in rehabilitation technology, including a prosthetic arm produced by a 3D printer, interactive demos with a photon microscope, and a Vital Health Connect digital patch that monitors and wirelessly transmits patients’ vital signs to health care providers.
White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Legislator Ben Boykin and a number of key figures and local dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dignitaries were joined by Burke leaders and supporters, including Burke CEO and Executive Director Mary Beth Walsh, M.D. and Burke Medical Research Institute Executive Director Raj Ratan, M.D., Ph.D., who provided opening remarks and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.