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We got a new car for Christmas!

December 7, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has received a brand-new 2016 Passat, which will help its patients better prepare for the real-life challenges they will face when they leave the hospital.

The car, given by Volkswagen Chattanooga, will be located in one of the hospital’s therapy gyms. It will replace the current 1978 Pontiac Grand LeMans, which was installed before the new hospital was actually finished in 1990. For more than 26 years, the Pontiac has served its purpose of helping patients learn how to get into and out of a car under the guidance of a therapist.Therapy patient Vernon Windom, assisted by therapists Janice Swart and Carlos Thompson, cuts the ribbon while CEO Carol Sim looks on. 

“This generous gift will allow our patients to more effectively prepare for life outside of therapy,” said Tod Cain, Siskin Hospital Vice President for Administration. “Having a car that is built to current design standards is an important tool in preparing our patients for life after disability. We greatly appreciate Volkswagen’s partnership with our mission.”

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