St. Luke's Receives Region's Only Driving Simulator to Address Community Needs

January 20, 2017
Spokane, WA

--The region's first and only virtual reality driving simulator is in place at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, giving patients realistic experiences and practice behind the wheel after an injury or illness. St. Luke's acquired the simulator thanks to grants from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Empire Health Foundation and Providence Health Care Foundation.   driving sim

The STISIM Drive-Occupational Therapy (OT) system is an interactive, virtual reality driving simulator that allows St. Luke's therapists to help patients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes and other physical injuries.  With this in-clinic technology, in- and outpatient participants are able to regain confidence and independence re-learning safe driving skills without the stress of potential hazards of on-road driving. 

"We value the collaboration and contributions of these generous organizations to help St. Luke's support a community need with this advanced driving simulator," said Nancy Webster, hospital administrator for St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute. "Part of our patients' recovery is to gain confidence and independence as they return to their communities, and simulated driving may be part of their therapy goals."  

The STISIM Drive-OT system includes approximately 80 scenarios resulting in an accurate and realistic road simulation. The simulator tests patients for vehicle control and reaction time; divided attention; memory, planning and navigation; passing/merging/hazard perception; and longer more complete drives with the goal of assessing driving ability before an on-road driving evaluation.  

About St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute 

The region's largest, free-standing Level I Trauma Rehabilitation hospital, St. Luke's provides comprehensive medical rehabilitation services for people of all ages who have experienced a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation or other injury or illness requiring rehabilitative care. St. Luke's is accredited by The Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International. Thousands of patients choose St. Luke's for inpatient rehabilitation services at the main campus and outpatient therapy services at nine locations throughout Spokane. For more information on St. Luke's visit:  

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