Virtual Reality – An Experience Apart from the Ordinary

It’s a sunny day in Paris and the sights our residents are experiencing through virtual reality are breathtaking. The St. Barnabas Memory Care Team, led by Midge Hobaugh, Memory Care Manager, is pleased to be working with Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Neurosurgeon, and MyndVR, to introduce the use of virtual reality to assist in the care and comfort of our residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

With the aid of our care team and the use of a laptop, a special headset and earphones, residents can experience the sights and sounds of the beach, Paris or a concert. “We are excited to bring this new technology to our residents. It has such great potential to increase joy, engagement and the feeling of belonging while lessening anxiety — all goals of the Memory Care Program.” – Midge Hobaugh. “The use of virtual reality is at the cutting edge of healthcare, not only seniors, but to reduce pain, improve learning and coordination for a wide variety of populations. St. Barnabas is now in a position to learn even more about this unique technology.” – Dr. Maroon (Practicing board-certified neurosurgeon in the Pittsburgh area and regarded as a premier specialist in the surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spine using specialized microscopic and minimally invasive techniques.) “We are very excited about our partnership with St. Barnabas and Dr. Maroon. Together, they truly represent innovation and forward-thinking as it relates to digital content and healthcare,” said Chris Brickler, CEO/ Co-Founder of MyndVR. MyndVR is a tech, health and wellness company that provides a turn-key Virtual Reality (VR) solution for senior living communities “We are the first organization in Pennsylvania to use the MyndVR technology. This is an exciting step forward for St. Barnabas, but more importantly, for our residents this is what sets us apart from the ordinary. It would be our privilege to provide these exceptional services to you or your loved ones.” For more information please call 724-443-0700.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Margaret Martin, Marketing & Communications Specialist at St Barnabas Health System. She can be reached at 724- 444-5580.