Innovation

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is committed to innovation in its use of technology, therapy and pioneering health care programs to better serve its clients.

Our goal is to provide resources that improve the lives of individuals and the overall health of the community. We're also exploring more cost-effective ways to provide services through new care models and partnerships with government agencies and other outside organizations. 

Integrated Health Partnerships — Medicaid Demonstration Project 

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is committed to leading the shift to a new way of paying for health care based on the value that the care we deliver achieves. As a leader and innovator, we believe our innovative care delivery approaches can serve as state and national models for how to best serve complex populations.

Courage Kenny’s participation in the State of Minnesota’s Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) allows us to expand our promising care models while being financially rewarded through the IHP’s shared savings arrangements for improving health and reducing costs for those we serve.

The IHP is part of the larger health care reform work being carried out by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state Medicaid agency. The goal of the IHP demonstration is to improve the quality and value of the care provided to the citizens served by MN public health care programs.

For Courage Kenny patients and clients, the IHP will include disability-competent primary care and specialty services; high-touch care management; creative engagement strategies; and a blend of clinical, community, and in-home services.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will continue to advocate that care models move away from fee-for-service toward payment for outcomes and management of a total budget that includes all the services our clients need to remain healthy and independent. 

Innovation at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

ABLE - Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise
This intensive fitness program for people living with paralysis or neurological conditions delivers standardized activity-based exercises based on current scientific and clinical evidence.

Advanced Primary Care Clinic  
The Advance Primary Care Clinic is a medical home for people with disabilities or complex health conditions. It has reduced hospital stays through early intervention, and by offering medical, rehabilitation and psychiatric care in one accessible clinic location. 

Assistive technology 
This department is devoted to finding technology that maximizes independence for people with disabilities.

Cancer rehabilitation
Cancer rehabilitation care addresses the unique needs of cancer patients before, during and after their treatment. 

Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program This three-week, primarily residential program helps people increase function despite pain and decrease reliance on the medical system through classes, aquatic and land exercise, and use of self-regulation techniques.  

Lokomat®  Lokomat® is a robot-assisted treadmill for patients with severe injuries due to stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury. Patients can benefit from the intensive training that Lokomat provides even years after their injury. 

Robotic walking devices 
The Ekso™ GT and the ReWalk 6.0™ robotic exoskeleton are among the innovative robotic walking devices enabling people to experience walking after a spinal cord injury, stroke or other neurological condition. 

Sports medicine technology:
AlterG, CycleSMART and RunSMART

Courage Kenny physical therapists help athletes recover from injuries or prevent them from happening in the first place through the use of innovative technology.