Spinal cord injury recovery, complex care unit marks opening in Richmond

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Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, marked the grand opening of the Dallas Disbro Ability Center on Monday.

This spinal cord injury and complex care recovery unit within the hospital features a dedicated gym with advanced rehab equipment and technology, patient education, nutrition and therapy rooms, and a Bioness vector track on the unit for gait training outside of the gym.

The unit is named in honor of Dallas by The Luck Family, who made a historic gift to the Capital Campaign for Convergence.

“My wife Lisa and I were excited by the technology, sophistication, quality of life, and how this place will change lives forever,” said Charlie Luck, CEO of Luck Companies. “Dallas has been a true inspiration for so many, especially to those with spinal cord injuries. My family and I thought it was fitting that this specialty unit at Sheltering Arms Institute would bear his name.”

Dallas, a friend of The Lucks, survived a diving accident at age 26. He sustained a C5 spinal cord injury, which necessitates the use of a wheelchair most of the time. Following the accident, Dallas decided to live larger than his injury and give back to others with disabilities. After the surprise unveiling of the plans for the center in March, Dallas said, “I could not hold back the tears and was overrun with emotions… It was a moment that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I am truly honored and eternally grateful. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Dallas Disbro Ability Center and I look forward to being part of it!”

The spinal cord injury and complex care unit is one of four specialty units within the new hospital that provides state-of-the-science, individualized rehab care for various injuries and illnesses. The 212,063 square foot facility, constructed specifically for physical rehabilitation and research, has all private spacious patient rooms, a 9,251 square foot main therapy gym and three satellite gyms, and state-of-the-art patient care technology and rehabilitation equipment.

“The Luck Family and Dallas Disbro exemplify the passion and commitment that Sheltering Arms Institute has for providing the best rehabilitative care and reinventing rehabilitation for life beyond limits,” said Alan Lombardo, CEO of Sheltering Arms Institute. “With input from experts, patients, and their families, we have created a hospital that is unique to the Mid-Atlantic region with the most advanced technology and environment for healing and recovery.”

Sheltering Arms Institute is located on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park near Short Pump, easily accessible from major highways including 288, 64, and 95.

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