The Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation Center marked a couple of important dates on March 3. On that date 19 years ago, the local facility accepted its first patient. For the current year, it noted the opening of a newly-renovated space for the therapy department.
“We are a totally different organization than what we were 19 years ago,” stated Jeff Wilder, who has been the facility administrator the entire time.
“Then we admitted patients and cared for them over a long period of time. Today the length of stay is much shorter and intensive rehabilitation is the focus of most patient stays,” he said.
Last fall the facility identified an area within the facility that they could expand the therapy department into. The new space for the therapy department also meant newly-renovated space for the patient activity area for facility residents.
“The expanded space allowed for the purchase of additional therapy equipment that is used to better the resident’s activities of daily living (ADL’s),” said Wilder.
The facility boasts a tenured staff of therapists and support staff who work with residents to help them meet their goals.
Staff members include those practicing in the fields of speech, occupational and physical therapy.
“Our core staff members have an average length of 10 plus years of service at this facility,” said Rachel Rose, a speech language pathologist and therapy program manager.
“The length of service of our staff gives them the knowledge they need to effectively manage their rehab patients,” stated Rose.
There are programs for orthopedics, pulmonary, cardiac, stroke and dysphagia depending upon the medical need of the patient. “All programs are individualized toward the specific needs of the resident,” Rose said.
Serving in the occupational therapy department is Mike Sergent, Emily Wilson and Pam Phipps.
The physical therapy teams consists of Johnny Murphy, Matt Duckworth, April Simpson and David Williams.
The unit administrative assistant is Amber Cornett.
An open house was observed at the facility, located at 19101 North U.S. 119 in Cumberland, on March 3.