Chris Leeuw, Founder & Executive Director of NeuroHope

Patient Leader

A spinal cord injury that initially left Chris paralyzed from the neck down led him on path to change the model of affordability and access to long-term rehabilitation for people recovering from neurologic injury. After years of therapy to help regain his mobility, Chris recognized that in most cases insurance caps access to rehab programs due to skyrocketing healthcare costs, and healthcare providers are unwilling to offer affordable options or continued wellness programs for people living with paralysis to maximize recovery and maintain a healthy quality of life. Chris became devoted to change the standard of care in his community. He founded a charity, helped change an Indiana state law, and opened an outpatient physical therapy clinic specialized for providing patients long-term care. His clinic is participating in research programs with the University of Indianapolis and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to track improvement in patients who have access to continued care. Chris and his team at NeuroHope have a mission to change the paradigm of healthcare access and have proven progressive, patient-centric models can thrive.

Location

Indianapolis, IN

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

After a paralyzing spinal injury, Chris has transformed access to rehab for SCI, TBI and stroke. He created a charity, raised $1M, changed an Indiana law & opened a rehab clinic so patients receive long-term care. My University is also conducting research at his clinic to change the access model on a larger scale. His impact is REMARKABLE!  — Stephanie

Chris has used his own patient experience and worked diligently to change the healthcare system for other patients with spinal cord injuries. He fought to change Indiana state laws around funding for this complex condition and one. and has built a center with the latest in technology to treat patients affordably after insurance expires.  — Peggy

In 2010, a spinal cord injury left Chris paralyzed from the neck down. After years of therapy and regaining his mobility, he became devoted to changing access to healthcare for people that need long-term care. He formed a charity, changed state law, and founded an outpatient rehab clinic that makes affordable care possible in his community.  — Jenny

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