Rehabilitation Services

- January 9, 2018

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital offers a variety of Rehabilitation services for both inpatients and outpatients.  Inpatient services are provided on a short term basis for folks hospitalized in acute care or observation status, as well as Swing Bed patients when needed.  In many cases, discharged hospitalized patients return as outpatients to continue their recovery without a change in therapists.  Outpatient appointments are available for anyone in the community with a medical order.

PMH’s rehabilitation services are available in the following areas:

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy addresses restoring function following a wide variety of surgeries, medical conditions, and trauma. Patients are closely supervised as they practice special exercises to recover mobility and strength. Procedures include: therapeutic exercises, gait and balance training, pain modalities, heat and cold, and specialized exercise equipment.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Physical Therapist Albert Wong, or “Al,” joins Jason Riffe, Physical Therapist Assistant and Rehabilitation Services Director, to provide a full range of physical therapy services for the community.

Al has over 20 years of orthopedic therapy experience. He earned his degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, New York and has practiced in New York and Virginia.  He most recently worked as the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy at Full Potential Physical Therapy in Charlottesville.

Jason is a graduate of Mountain State University in Beckley and has experience in acute care, cardiovascular/pulmonary, geriatric, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, oncology, orthopedics and pediatric physical therapy.  Jason also coordinates the department in his role as Rehabilitation Program Director.

Occupational Therapy

Unlike Physical Therapy which deals with muscle strength, Occupational Therapy focuses on “functional skills” like self care. Patients learn how to adapt and modify daily tasks to better care for themselves. For example, a stroke might leave a person unable to use their right hand. Occupational Therapy could help that patient modify daily home and work routines in order to be self-sufficient.

Leslie Goodall has provided Occupational Therapy services at PMH for over five years and her primary goal is to help her patients gain back independence in all areas of life.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is also offered through the Rehabilitation Department.  Speech therapy is not just for children, but for adults as well.  Speech therapy can provide life-changing treatment, support and care for people of all ages who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Heather Pace recently joined the Rehabilitation Department in the role of Speech Therapist.  Her background includes work in the public school system, Carilion Roanoke and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, as well as long term care and skilled nursing.

Skilled Nursing (Swing Bed) Program

Swing Bed is a skilled nursing program that you can be admitted to after any qualifying illness or surgery to receive rehabilitation therapy or special medical treatments. Therapy is available in not only physical, occupational, and speech, but respiratory therapy as well.  Treatments would include wound care or IV antibiotics.  For more information about the Swing Bed program and qualifying information visit the Swing Bed page.

If you are interested in receiving any of these services at PMH, please contact the Rehabilitation Department at 304-799-1015.

“What sets us apart at PMH is our hallmark practice of treating one patient at a time, and the continuity of always having the same therapist. We treat you like a neighbor.”
Written by pocamemorial

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