Kiwanians hear hospital history

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

“We’ve got a Rehabilitation Department now,” said Blitch. “We’ve got Acute Therapy, Swingbed Rehabilitation and Outpatient Therapy.”

She explained that Acute Therapy was good for falls, orthopedic pain, after surgery and COPD issues and Swingbed Rehabilitation was good for a short term stay at the hospital when medically stable following acute hospital stay.

“Swingbed Rehabilitation usage has increased by 240 percent,” said Blitch. “We also have a Physical Therapy Gym and Physical Therapy Pool. We offer Aquatic Therapy and Occupational Therapy.”

She said they have received so many good reviews of the Aquatic Therapy because it “accelerates rehabilitation while increasing range of motion with less pain.”

“It takes the weight off the injured area and the patients love the therapeutic properties of the warm water,” said Blitch. “Occupational Therapy gives you the strength to go back to doing the simple, every day things required with work at home or on the job.”

With their Digital Mammography Department they do an average of 1,200 mammograms a year, she said.

She said they also have a Prodigy Primo Lunar Bone Densitometer, which measures bone density and helps in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, “which is very common in women.”



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