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Baptist Health South Florida Merges With Bethesda Health

MIAMI, FL -- Baptist Health South Florida and Bethesda Health announced Oct. 2 an agreement to merge, pursuant to a 24-month transition period culminating Sept. 30, 2017. "While significant challenges are ahead in healthcare, it is essential to forge partnerships that can ensure our organizations remain on the leading edge as providers of quality medical care," said Roger L. Kirk, FACHE, president and CEO of Bethesda Health. "As not-for-profit hospitals, we share similar missions and a common vision for ...

Posted on: October 04, 2015
OPTP Releases Professional Catalog

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- OPTP (Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products) announced Oct. 2 the publication of the 34th edition of its semi-annual professional catalog. The catalog has been updated with several new items and now includes nearly 1,000 health and wellness products, many of which are offered exclusively through OPTP. Products belong to the following categories: McKenzie Method; Manual Therapy; Therapy Essentials; Neuroscience; Soft Tissue/Myofascial/Trigger Points; Taping; Womens Health; Movement ...

Posted on: October 02, 2015
FOTO Named Partner of Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry

KNOXVILLE, TN -- FOTO announced Sept. 3 its partnership with the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, an organized system for collecting data to evaluate patient function and other clinically relevant measures for physical therapy patients. The registry is being developed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). "We are happy to be selected to contribute FOTO outcomes measures as one of the primary global outcomes measures to be used for the PT Outcomes Registry," stated Al Amato, PT, MBA, ...

Posted on: September 30, 2015
Joint Commission Appoints EVP of Business Development

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL -- The Joint Commission announced Sept. 28 the appointment of Brian H. Enochs, JD, to the position of executive vice president, business development and marketing, effective immediately. In this senior leadership position, Enochs will oversee all business development and marketing efforts for The Joint Commission and its strategic business units, including oversight of external relations and state relations. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Chuck Mowll, FACHE, CSSBB, ...

Posted on: September 28, 2015
Upledger Institute Clinic Launches NFL Concussion Program

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -- Upledger Institute Clinic, in conjunction with the Ricky Williams Foundation and the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation, announced Sept. 25 the launch of their second concussion therapy research program aimed at treating current and former members of the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Designed for football players with a predisposition to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the five-day intensive clinical program begins Sept. 25 at the headquarters of Upledger Institute ...

Posted on: September 27, 2015
Willow Towers Names Executive Director

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Willow Towers Assisted Living, a not-for-profit assisted living residence and part of the United Hebrew Campus of Comprehensive Care, announced Sept. 25 that Nora O'Brien, PT, DPT, has been named executive director. O'Brien served as director of Burke Rehabilitation at United Hebrew for nine years, and as a physical therapist at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital for 21 years. "I have seen new residents, who came to Willow Towers after feeling isolated in their homes, regain their energy ...

Posted on: September 26, 2015
Cardinal Health Introduces Hospital Quality at Home Products

DUBLIN, OH -- Cardinal Health, which provides medical products and services to medical institutions, announced Sept. 15 the launch of the Hospital Quality at Home brand, a new line of hospital-quality products available over the counter. The product line provides hospital-quality products for consumers categorized as Advanced Wound Care, First Aid, Personal Care, and Home Healthcare. "Whether personally affected or acting as a loved one's caregiver, the focus should remain on a fast and safe recovery," ...

Posted on: September 25, 2015
Clinicient Hosts Empower Boston Event

PORTLAND, OR -- Clinicient Inc., a provider of outpatient rehabilitation business solutions, unveiled Sept. 23 its year-over-year financial performance metrics for therapy practices who implemented the company's TotalInsight platform. Since TotalInsight's commercial launch in January 2015, customers have seen an average revenue increase of 13.8 percent, according to a company release. Clinicient announced this milestone at its Empower Boston event, a two-day seminar featuring industry experts sharing ...

Posted on: September 23, 2015
University of St. Augustine Students Host Falls Clinic

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL -- Students and faculty members from the occupational therapy and physical therapy programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences will offer free balance checkups and home safety tips Sept. 24 at the Independent Living Expo, sponsored by the St. Johns Falls Prevention Coalition. The event will take place at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The expo will also include flu shots, prescription reviews, and demonstrations of car fit, pole walking, tai ...

Posted on: September 22, 2015
Eagle Scout Donates to Shriners Hospitals for Children

TAMPA, FL -- Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Tampa patient Joshua Adkins, 16, will make a donation to the hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project that will equip Shriners vans with tablets that patients can use during trips to and from their appointments. Adkins was diagnosed with Legg-CalvĂ©-Perthes disease at age 7, a childhood disorder that primarily affects the hip joint. Adkins received treatment at Tampa Shriners Hospital, including two surgeries and numerous doctor visits, spending close ...

Posted on: September 21, 2015
Study: Processing Speed Impedes Activity and Participation in MS

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Kessler Foundation researchers have found that processing speed is the primary limiting factor associated with activity and participation in everyday life among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). "Factors that Moderate Activity Limitation and Participation Restriction in People with Multiple Sclerosis" was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The authors are Yael Goverover, PhD, of New York University and visiting professor at Kessler Foundation, and Lauren ...

Posted on: September 20, 2015
Able Palms Home Health Names Executive Director

CHASKA, MN -- The Goodman Group, a developer and manager of senior living and health care communities, announced Sept. 18 the appointment of Jennifer Ballantine as executive director of Able Palms Home Health of Minneapolis. Ballantine will be based in Chaska at the company's headquarters. The appointment was announced by Craig Edinger, vice president, Senior Living & Health Care division, The Goodman Group. "Jennifer brings a well-rounded background in business development, business administration ...

Posted on: September 19, 2015
Merck Manuals Highlights Falls Prevention

KENILWORTH, NJ -- Merck Manuals announced Sept. 21 that it will be feature steps to take to avoid falls among the elderly this month on MerckManuals.com, in advance of Sept. 23, designated Falls Prevention Awareness Day by the National Council on Aging. The essay related to falls in the elderly and an accompanying editorial by the contributing author will be highlighted on the website starting Sept. 21. The Merck Manuals went all-digital earlier this year. "While the entire content of The Merck Manuals is ...

Posted on: September 18, 2015
Pediatric Therapists Release Sensory Processing Book

Understanding and supporting healthy sensory processing is an important part of promoting health in all children. Dayna Abraham, creator of Lemon Lime Adventures, and Claire Heffron, OTR/L, Pamela Braley, OTR/L, and Lauren Drobnjak, PT, from The Inspired Treehouse, have collaborated to create an easy-to-read guide to sensory processing that addresses the topic from the perspectives of a parent, educator, and pediatric therapists. The book, titled Sensory Processing 101, is available at ...

Posted on: September 15, 2015
Physiotherapy Corp. Acquires Therapy Plus

EXTON, PA -- Physiotherapy Corp. announced Aug. 31 that it has acquired Therapy Plus, a physical and occupational therapy provider with seven locations in southeastern Wisconsin. Physiotherapy Corp. is an outpatient physical and occupational rehabilitation and prosthetic and orthotic services provider with 552 locations across 28 states. "Therapy Plus is an excellent fit for joining the Physio family of clinics," said Mike Piekutoski, vice president of business development for Physiotherapy. "Their ...

Posted on: September 14, 2015
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