MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Receives Donation of New Vehicle for Patients’ Therapy from Longtime Supporters Volkswagen Group of America & GEICO

For disabled patients who hope to one day restore their independence by driving again, that day is a little closer. This past week MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) received a generous donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO.

November 18, 2015


NRH Geico News ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 18, 2015 – For disabled patients who hope to one day restore their independence by driving again, that day is a little closer. This past week MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) received a generous donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO.

The Passat’s decorative wrapping features GEICO Geckos, VW keys and each company’s logo. The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from a variety of disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and orthopaedic injuries, learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves an integral role in the MedStar NRH Driver’s Education Program’s evaluation process of patients yearning to regain the independence that only a driver’s license can provide. In both cases, patients are assisted by MedStar NRH occupational therapists. 

 “This generous gift helps our patients relearn skills that promote improved motor function and independence, and those skills learned in the hospital setting are immediately transferrable in a community setting,” said John Rockwood, President, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health. “Both VW and GEICO connect with this goal, and understand that for our patients there is no greater independence than being able to travel in a car. We are truly honored that VW and GEICO have chosen to partner with us to make this new training vehicle a reality.”

The car was officially installed earlier this fall and patients have received tremendous benefit out of the vehicle. The VW video production team is chronicling the installation and unveiling of the vehicle for a special video to be released soon on the company’s media site.

“Volkswagen is proud to support MedStar NRH and its endeavors to help patients who have overcome incredible circumstances regain the autonomy of entering and egressing from a vehicle, as well as relearn driving skills,” said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We are honored that the 2015 Passat can play such an important role in this next phase of the recovery process for MedStar NRH patients.”  

 “The benefits that the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network achieves on behalf of patients are remarkable,” said Greg Kalinsky, GEICO senior vice president and a member of the MedStar NRH board of directors.  “They can and have enriched the lives of many and we are pleased that we can support their breakthroughs.”

Photos from the event available here – feel free to download – photos by Sharon Natoli.



About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

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