Stacy Ashley Murphy
Director of Operations Steve Kinkead, SLP and Area Manager Jean Herauf, SLP attended this year’s ASHA (American Speech-language Hearing Association) Convention in Los Angeles this past week. This year’s theme was “Focus on the Big Picture,” and more than 14,000 professionals were in attendance for the three-day event.
Tracy Milius, OT
Almost half of Americans suffer from chronic illness with one in four suffering from multiple chronic conditions. In healthcare costs, that group absorbs 65 percent of total dollars spent; when considering Medicare alone, the number climbs to 95 percent. Those numbers can be shocking, but it’s important to remember that these statistics represent individuals. Individuals that, if given a roadmap for success, may jump at the opportunity to improve their health.
The physical therapy team in Harlan, Iowa spent the summer working on new programming to provide comprehensive emergency coverage for football games with local school districts. Rehab Director Steve Finn, PT is thankful for the teams’ efforts to provide training to local EMS providers for high school game coverage as it also “demonstrates commitment and dedication to area athletes.”
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day is held on the third Wednesday of each September. The AOTA provides strategies for hosting backpack events as well as handouts, artwork and videos that therapists can use to promote awareness for backpack safety. AOTA member Jordyn Braun, COTA is leading the backpack safety awareness charge at RehabVisions’ outpatient clinic in Dickinson, North Dakota.
No two rehab departments are the same. However, working together to cultivate a healthy rehab team is a goal all teams should work toward, no matter the setting or how small or large the staff. Rehab directors Lili Wells, PT and Jenefer Mills, PT believe communication plays a large role in creating healthy environments.