Category: treatment

March 28, 2014

Rehab Department Thrives in Boom Town

Jennifer Flanagan, SLP
SNF Operations Manager

Perhaps you have heard about the oil boom going on in North Dakota these days. Williston, North Dakota, in the northwest corner of the state, is more than having its 15 minutes of fame in the media with stories about the influx of population on the town and its effects on traffic, real estate and …

February 7, 2014

PT Aids in Miracle Recovery

Bill Mannewitz, PT
Clinical Operations Manager – Hospital Division

As physical, occupational and speech therapists we see life-changing events almost daily. Dedicated patients push past their perceived limitations under our individualized care. Occasionally, we are blessed to participate in miraculous events. Kilah Dunn, PT had such an experience. Patient Anthony Crump has agreed to let us share a small portion of his story. In …

November 7, 2013

Another Rural Hospital Success Story

Tracy Milius, OT
Director of Operations

Jim McConnell credits his back surgeon and the therapy team at Myrtue Medical Center with saving his life. After a work-related injury, Jim went through six back surgeries over six years, and nothing seemed to work. Jim lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a town of 60,000 people that borders Omaha, Nebraska. Finally a doctor recommended …

August 26, 2013

PT’s Role in Wound Care

Guest

Written by Amy Robinson, PT Most people don’t realize that physical therapists can play a huge role in wound care healing. It’s actually become a large part of my practice. Wound care can be very challenging, yet it’s rewarding when you see quick results and good response from patients. A wound care program can be …

April 1, 2013

I love the SNF setting and here’s why

Jennifer Flanagan, SLP
SNF Operations Manager

Just as I was starting to think our jobs in therapy were getting consumed with Medicare rules and regulations, a patient encounter reminded me otherwise. In visiting one of our skilled nursing facilities recently, I was sitting in the therapy department when a gentleman in jeans and a plaid shirt approached and asked for one …

November 6, 2012

Recent ruling ensures dementia patients access to rehab

Tracy Milius, OT
Director of Operations

Patients with dementia diagnosis frequently present with the need for therapy services in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and home health agencies. Sometimes therapists are concerned with treating patients with this diagnosis because therapy may not “rehabilitate or restore lost function.” However, if you refer to the Medicare benefit policy manual, it states that …

October 15, 2012

Take Credit for the Little Things

Bill Mannewitz, PT
Clinical Operations Manager – Hospital Division

Often times I think we, as clinicians, sell ourselves short. We take for granted the education and training we have as if it were common sense. I hear clinicians say things like, “what I provided there, anyone could have done. The patient didn’t need my services. That wasn’t skilled care,” after we’ve done something like …

September 28, 2012

The Power of Perception

Check out this article about patient experience from Hospital Impact. It speaks to how very important perception is within our jobs in healthcare.

July 9, 2012

Nancy Groff Named Home Health Therapist of the Year

Guest

Home Care and Hospice Association of Washington voted Nancy Groff, PT the Therapist of the Year this past April. Nancy, a 23-year RehabVisions’ employee, works in Prosser, Washington. In her acceptance speech, Nancy said that the award was “probably the highlight of my 47-year career” and thanked RehabVisions for “the support, freedom and confidence in …

May 30, 2012

OT helps those with Parkinson’s Disease

Although we are almost two months past April and Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, it is always timely to recognize a neurological disorder that affects so many. In my community in Iowa, there are many individuals who have been impacted by this debilitating diagnosis. As the director of rehab services at the hospital, I have grown …