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St. Catherine has new partnership with RehabCare

Published 11/24/2012 in Business : Business

By The Telegram

The professional staff in Rehabilitation Services at St. Catherine Hospital has tripled in the last few months, with the goal of providing even more services to patients, Program Director Pam Perry announced.

"We have been able to unite the best of both worlds in Rehab Services," Perry said. "Patients can count on the St. Catherine veterans who have been here for many years, as well as the newcomers who bring a wealth of knowledge to the community."

Community members are invited to meet the new staff and celebrate with them at their open house and ribbon cutting scheduled for Dec. 4. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 10 a.m., and the open house will run until 3 p.m.

The expansion is the result of a new partnership between St. Catherine and RehabCare, a division of Kindred Healthcare. RehabCare is Kindred's contract rehabilitation division that provides services throughout the United States in more than 2,000 hospitals, nursing centers and other locations. These services include physical, occupational and speech-language therapies in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

"This partnership is allowing us to greatly enhance our St. Catherine therapeutic services," Perry said. "We are even more committed to providing personalized and focused care to help patients meet the challenges of recovering from illness or injury.

The veteran staff members are Ed Pearson, physical therapist (PT), who has been serving St. Catherine patients for 30 years; Veronica Herrera, certified occupational therapy (OT) assistant, with 12 years at St. Catherine; and Ashley Hurd, speech-language pathologist, with three years at the hospital.

The new therapists are: Jessica King, PT, with almost nine years experience; Nicole Jeter, PT assistant, with two years experience; and Meenu Sagar, OT, with five years experience. Sagar, a native of India, moved to the United States a few years ago and has earned her master's degree in OT.

Ruby DeLeon rounds out the team as the bilingual receptionist.

"They are all working so well together," Perry said. "They are learning from one another and mentoring one another. Our inpatients and outpatients will greatly benefit from their expertise and teamwork."

Scott Taylor, president and chief executive officer of St. Catherine, noted that this expansion is just one more example of the hospital's commitment to southwest Kansas.

"We strive every day to enhance our services for patients and their families," Taylor said. "Since rehab is so important to a patient's recovery, we are excited to offer these new opportunities. Those who need therapeutic services can be assured we have a top-notch team here at St. Catherine."

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