ACH celebrates grand reopening of renovated Outpatient Therapies facility
By Shannon Harsh, The Review, Published March 2, 2012
Alliance Community Hospital celebrated the grand reopening of its Outpatient Therapies Thursday with an open house at the newly renovated facility, located in the plaza just west of the hospital.
The "Kick It Up Kick-Off Party" brought out hospital colleagues, therapy patients and members of the community, who took tours of the state-of-the-art facility that is the new home of the physical, occupational, speech and sports-oriented therapies.
Physical therapist Erin Powers was offering balance screenings, which are for people with neurological disorders, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. She said these are used to see if the person is at risk for a fall. Powers also does vestibular testing for people experiencing problems with dizziness. She said dizziness often stems from inner ear problems such as a dislodged crystal.
Eric O'Brien, orthopedic and sports medicine coordinator, offered a running screening, during which he measured strength and flexibility. He said the goal of the screening -- which is for both runners and walkers -- is to help prevent injuries.
Hospital CEO Stan Jonas stopped by to take part in the golf fitness screening performed by Physical therapist Lori Toot. She said the test looks at common things that can cause problems with golf swing, such as flexibility issues or lack of core stability and strength.
Guests also had the opportunity to meet the therapy staff, get a massage or partake in refreshments or cake.
Outpatient Therapies, which was previously housed in ACH's Professional Building, made the move to the new facility on Feb. 6. In addition to new exercise equipment, the facility offers much more space, additional private therapy rooms and an expanded area for children. It is also housed in a more convenient location, on ground level, and has a designated parking area.
Hospital Vice President of Colleague Relations Connie Poulton, who served as project manager for the new facility, was pleased with the end results and the promising future for the department.
"I think it's maybe just the beginning," Poulton said. "I think there's other things that people are thinking of, but this is a really nice beginning."
Alliance Community Hospital will hold an open house for Alliance Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AIMM), also located in the medical plaza at 1900 S. Union Ave., at 5 p.m. Thursday.