Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by offering activities for rehab patients and honoring therapy staff.
National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which is September 17-23 this year, is a time designated to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities, or those recovering from injury and illness.
That was exactly the purpose of a luncheon held for past PCRMC acute rehab patients on Wednesday, September 20, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. About 40 people attended.
This annual event provides patients and their loved ones with the opportunity to visit with their therapists, according to Amy Robnett, program director for the acute rehab unit. The lunch also allows PCRMC rehabilitation therapy staff to see the improvements made by their patients and how these patients have regained their independence.
This year’s speaker was Randy Dorsey, a patient who received care at PCRMC after suffering a stroke over 13 months ago. Dorsey went through both the acute rehabilitation program as an inpatient and the outpatient therapy services at PCRMC.
Dorsey described himself as a healthy and accomplished individual before his stroke. However, after his stroke, he lost all feeling on the left side of his body.
“It devastated me,” he said but noted that he had a glimpse of hope. “I could only wiggle my pinky finger.”
Dorsey received care from experienced staff with PCRMC Rehabilitation Services, and he described his journey as a positive one.
“All of the nurses, therapists and my family members… were all so encouraging,” he said. “I’ve been so blessed.”
Guests also received handouts regarding a comparison between traditional Medicare and the Managed Medicare plans as well as how patients could receive rehabilitation services covered by these plans.
Attendees at this year’s luncheon were treated to meals provided by Lee’s Chicken. Before they ate, Phil Cox, PCRMC director of pastoral services, gave a blessing.
The Rolla Pickers, made up of Bill Pilliard (a PCRMC employee), Shirley Robertson, Jena Huizinga and De Price, played music during the event. Door prizes also were given away.
“I want to thank all of the musicians, speakers, patients and their families for coming out and celebrating National Rehab Week with our staff,” said Robnett.
The luncheon is just one of the events PCRMC organized for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week this year.
“We also did activities on the rehab unit and for our referral sources in the community,” Robnett said. “We provided treats and goodies to all of the case managers and social workers who work with our patients, too.”
According to Robnett, patients treated by PCRMC Rehabilitation Services have come from all over the area, and even out of state.