Therapy Services

A licensed therapist evaluates each client and creates a plan of care based on each individual’s unique needs and goals for therapy. Recognizing that communication is critical to patient care, our department has an outstanding relationship with the entire hospital staff beginning with nurses, physicians and case managers and throughout the hospital at large. Effective and timely communication is essential in facilitating continuity of care and planning for the patient’s discharge.

Physical Therapy (PT)

May be needed to get patients up and moving to help decrease their risk of blood clots and pneumonia due to immobility related to illness or after surgery. PT can address use of assistive devices such as canes, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs, and help patients improve their overall mobility and safety. PT can help decrease any pain or discomfort patients may have through education and exercise programs and by helping patients observe post-surgical precautions.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Sometimes occupational therapy may be needed to help patients address any difficulties with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.) due to illness or surgery. Therapists may also teach energy conservation techniques, or provide exercises and other post-surgical education.

Speech Therapy (ST)

Speech therapy is performed to address any actual speech/cognitive deficits or swallowing difficulties. Speech therapists may provide education, suggest diet changes to physicians and provide exercises to address a patient’s needs. We also provide Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) on an inpatient and outpatient basis through our Radiology Department


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Department Leadership

Don Ritchey

Director, Therapy Services