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Burke Rehab Center In White Plains Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration

Left to right are Dr. Raj Ratan, Burke CEO; Dr. Mary Beth Walsh, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and N.Y. State Legislator Benjamin Boykin. Photo Credit: Contributed
A proclamation was presented at the event. Photo Credit: Contributed
Hospital and community leaders gathered for the event. Photo Credit: Contributed
The lobby exhibit’s “Then and Now” theme features vignettes highlighting Burke’s past, present and future. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains officially kicked off a year-long celebration to commemorate its 100 years of pioneering rehabilitation with a ribbon cutting of its Burke Centennial Lobby Exhibit on Thursday

The lobby exhibit’s “Then and Now” theme features numerous vignettes highlighting Burke’s past, present and future. The exhibit, which is in Burke’s Wood Pavilion, is open to the public through the end of the year. Burke is the only acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains.

Visitors can view artifacts and relics dating back to Burke’s inception 100 years ago, such as a hand-printed original blueprint of Burke’s Billings Building by the renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead & White and a turn-of-the-century pocket watch owned by John Masterson Burke, the hospital’s founder.

The exhibit also highlights new innovations in rehabilitation technology, including a prosthetic arm produced by a 3D printer, interactive demos with a photon microscope, and a Vital Health Connect digital patch that monitors and wirelessly transmits patients’ vital signs to health care providers.

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Legislator Ben Boykin and key figures and local dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Dignitaries were joined by Burke leaders and supporters, including Dr. Mary Beth Walsh, Burke's chief executive offcier and executive director and Dr. Raj Ratan, Burke's Medical Research Institute executive director, who provided opening remarks and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We welcome the  community to join us in celebrating our centennial year,” said Walsh. “We take great pride in our  history in medical rehabilitation and look forward to helping move rehabilitation forward for many years to come.”

More information on the new lobby exhibit and Burke’s upcoming events throughout 2015 is available at

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