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Boise State Partnership to Improve Children's Lives

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
January 31, 2013

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of children with musculoskeletal and movement disorders is the goal of a new collaboration between St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Boise State University’s Center for Orthopedic & Biomechanics Research (COBR).

With Dr. Eric Dugan, associate professor of Boise State University's Department of Kinesiology.

The collaboration allows physicians to use the technology available in the COBR Pediatric Motion Analysis Lab to assess patients' movement abilities. The goal of the analysis is to reduce the number of surgeries required and  improve  functional outcomes for pediatric patients, especially those between the ages of 8 and 21, who have musculoskeletal problems such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida and movement disorders. Patients are referred to the program by St. Luke’s orthopedists.

The Pediatric Motion Analysis lab uses in-depth, detailed testing with 3-D computerized and electromyography features to help develop the most effective treatment plans possible.

We celebrated the collaboration with a special event in the lab space this week. Many Boise State, St. Luke's, and St. Luke’s Elk’s Children’s Rehabilitation faculty members, physicians, clinicians, and others made this collaboration possible, and I'm so excited about the possibilities and the care improvements we are going to be able to make as the result of everyone's great work and commitment!

Dr. Dugan demonstrates features of the new Pediatric Motion Analysis system.

About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.