Medstar National Rehabilitation Network receives donation of new vehicle for patients' therapy from longtime supporters Volkswagen Group of America and GEICO

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17, 2015 – For disabled patients who hope to one day restore their independence by driving again, that day is a little closer. This past week MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) received a generous donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO.

The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from a variety of disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and orthopaedic injuries, learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves an integral role in the MedStar NRH Driver's Education Program's evaluation process of patients yearning to regain the independence that only a driver's license can provide. In both cases, patients are assisted by MedStar NRH occupational therapists.

"This generous gift helps our patients relearn skills that promote improved motor function and independence, and those skills learned in the hospital setting are immediately transferrable in a community setting," said John Rockwood, President, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health. "Both VW and GEICO connect with this goal, and understand that for our patients there is no greater independence than being able to travel in a car. We are truly honored that VW and GEICO have chosen to partner with us to make this new training vehicle a reality."

"Volkswagen is proud to support MedStar NRH and its endeavors to help patients who have overcome incredible circumstances regain the autonomy of entering and egressing from a vehicle, as well as relearn driving skills," said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "We are honored that the 2015 Passat can play such an important role in this next phase of the recovery process for MedStar NRH patients."

"The benefits that the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network achieves on behalf of patients are remarkable," said Greg Kalinsky, GEICO senior vice president and a member of the MedStar NRH board of directors. "They can and have enriched the lives of many and we are pleased that we can support their breakthroughs."

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