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December Spotlight

DecemberSpotlight Mary Jo Darling

December 2015 – TeamSPOTLIGHT 

Mary Jo Darling

Mary Jo Darling, COTA is our December Spotlight. She was nominated for the spotlight award by her co-workers for her great attitude, communication, and team player mentality.

About Mary Jo: Mary Jo is a loving wife and mother and an excellent therapist.  She’s known for her warm heart and easy going personality!

What she does at Advanced Medical: Mary Jo is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Advanced Medical. She follows patients and helps them achieve their short and long term goals and works with the OTs on progressing their patients towards independence!

What others have to say: 

“Mary Jo is such a great planner around discharges, coordination of care for her patients. I really enjoy sharing patients with her as I know she will get ducks in a row. She does a great job educating patients to OT programs and dealing with patients that sometimes are difficult to get compliance with.  She is a joy to work with.”

“Mary Jo is sweet and caring with her patients. She is a great team player who is always willing to go above and beyond!

“Mary Jo is awesome at communicating with the team about patient needs. She is always pleasant and thoughtful regarding our patients it makes it easy to collaborate!”

Thank you:   Mary Jo, we thank you for the excellence you bring to the Advanced team.  We will have a gift for you at the office to show our appreciation. Thank you!

 

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November Spotlight

November TeamSpotlight Award goes to …

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Melissa Beaulieu, OT is our November Spotlight.  She was nominated by her peers for this award for her ability to mentor and for her kind and caring heart.

About Melissa:  Melissa loves her family (children and fiancé) snowboarding, cross-country skiing, yoga, hiking,  chocolate, and coffee. She had a surprise engagement in Mexico!

What she does at Advanced Medical:  She is a registered Occupational Therapist and performs assessments on patients for their therapy needs, designs a plan of care to meet those needs, and supervises COTAs who follow her patients.

What others have to say:

 “Melissa has a wonderful and caring approach with her patients. I hear about many patients and their family complimenting the way she works with them and how much they enjoy her.”  

“Melissa Beaulieu is awesome to work with. She’s kind, caring and a great mentor!”

Thank you:  Melissa, thank you for taking wonderful care of your patients and inspiring your team. We have a gift of appreciation for you located in the office.

 

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Veteran’s Day 2015

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We thank all veterans who have served and who are currently serving.  Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to our country and keeping us safe. We give a special shout out to two of our own Jennifer Peterson, PTA and Amanda Bruins, RN. God bless you!

All of us at Advanced Medical

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Advanced Medical gets 5 Star Rating!

Advanced Medical gets a 5 Star Rating by Medicare’s Home Health Compare! This is a company wide success! Congratulations to the Advanced team for your hard work, attention to detail and excellent care for our patients.

Home Health Compare can help you or your family or friends choose a quality home health agency that has the skilled home health services you need. The information on Home Health Compare:

  • Helps you learn how well home health agencies care for their patients
  • Shows you how often each agency used best practices when caring for its patients and whether patients improved in certain important areas of care
  • Shows you what other patients said about their recent home health care experience

To see our 5 Star Rating and the quality measurements CLICK HERE

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October is National Physical Therapy Month!

AgeWellLogoThank you to your PTs and PTAs for keeping your patients moving and independent!

1. Chronic pain doesn’t have to be the boss of you.
Each year 116 million Americans experience chronic pain from arthritis or other conditions, costing billions of dollars in medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages. Proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques can ease pain while moving and at rest, improving your overall quality of life.

2. You can get stronger when you’re older.
Research shows that improvements in strength and physical function are possible in your 60s, 70s, and even 80s and older with an appropriate exercise program. Progressive resistance training, in which muscles are exercised against resistance that gets more difficult as strength improves, has been shown to prevent frailty.

3. You may not need surgery or drugs for low back pain.
Low back pain is often over-treated with surgery and drugs despite a wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating that physical therapy can be an effective alternative—and with much less risk than surgery and long-term use of prescription medications.

4. You can lower your risk of diabetes with exercise.
One in four Americans over the age of 60 has diabetes. Obesity and physical inactivity can put you at risk for this disease. But a regular, appropriate physical activity routine is one of the best ways to prevent—and manage—type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

5. Exercise can help you avoid falls—and keep your independence
About one in three U.S. adults age 65 or older falls each year. More than half of adults over 65 report problems with movement, including walking 1/4 mile, stooping and standing. Group-based exercises led by a physical therapist can improve movement and balance and reduce your risk of falls. It can also reduce your risk of hip fractures (95 percent of which are caused by falls).

6. Your bones want you to exercise.
Osteoporosis or weak bones affects more than half of Americans over the age of 54. Exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercises using resistance, such as weightlifting, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.

7. Your heart wants you to exercise.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the US. One of the top ways of preventing it and other cardiovascular diseases? Exercise! Research shows that if you already have heart disease, appropriate exercise can improve your health.

8. Your brain wants you to exercise.
People who are physically active—even later in life—are less likely to develop memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease, a condition which affects more than 40% of people over the age of 85.

9. You don’t “just have to live with” bladder leakage.
More than 13 million women and men in the US have bladder leakage. Don’t spend years relying on pads or rushing to the bathroom. Seek help from a physical therapist.

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October Spotlight

Kerry

 

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Kerry Newell, COTA is our October Spotlight. She was nominated multiple times for the spotlight award by her co-workers for willingness to go out of her way and help her co-workers and her patients, and for her caring approach with her patients.

About Kerry: Kerry is a loving wife and mother who balances work and family life in a wonderful way.  She is passionate about caring for her family, living out her faith, and caring for her patients.  

What she does at Advanced Medical: Kerry is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Advanced Medical. She follows patients and helps them achieve their short and long term goals and works with the OTs on progressing their patients towards independence! She is known to go the extra mile for her patients to make sure their needs are met! 

What others have to say: 

“I continuously hear feedback about how she is caring and thorough with her patients.  She often spends over and hour with er patients making sure she is meeting their needs.  She is excellent at communicating their needs with me and her documentation is also very thorough.  I always feel confident the patients I evaluate that she takes over will be served well.

“Since I’ve worked for Advanced if I ever have a question Kerry is so helpful and willing to do whatever she can to help. I notice she does the same with her pt’s. I just think she’s an all around awesome person!”

“Kerry is such a great person to be around and work with, she truly cares about her patients and others around her. She’s got a positive attitude and is an excellent communicator!”

Thank you:   Kerry, we thank you for the excellence you bring to the Advanced team.  We will have a gift for you at the all staff meeting to show our appreciation. Thank you!

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September Spotlight

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Jose Colon, DPT is our September Spotlight. He was nominated for the spotlight multiple times for his outstanding work and rapport with his patients and PTAs, ability to inspire, team member mentality, be creative and teach the PTAs new things

About Jose: Jose is a loving husband to Charissa and Dad to 4 wonderful kids. He’s very active, enjoys working out, staying in shape and enjoys a good episode of Days of our Lives every now and then.  When he’s not working, he’s attending his kid’s sporting events and working in his new “treatment room” at home developing his myofacial skills. Jose is dedicated to his family, his job and being the best he can be. 

What he does at Advanced Medical: Jose is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Advanced Medical. He performs assessments on patients for their physical and mobility needs, designs a plan of care to meet those needs, and supervises PTAS who follow his patients.  Jose is known for his wonderful rapport with his patients, positive attitude and ability to educate PTAs. 

What others have to say: 

“His work with our clients and other team members is outstanding. 

“Our patients always have a very positive experience. He is always there to help and is always willing to teach me new things. I learn something new from him every time and he inspires me to try new things and be creative. He has been a great asset to our team and I appreciate all his hard work.”

Jose is a wonderful asset. He is always interested in learning, open to new ideas. He is a great resource for information. He is always giving constructive feedback to make processes improved. He is part of reason I joined this team of wonderful clinicians.”

Jose has shown and exemplifies leadership, honor, selfless service, and compassion. Jose is an outstanding clinician and is very good at what he does, I am so very happy to have him part of my team/our team.”

“Jose has educated me into more of a thinker than a doer, he has great communication skills and follows up on questions and concerns.”

Thank you: Jose, thank you for inspiring all of us, for all of your hard work, commitment and dedication. We are all so grateful to be able to get to work with you! Please pick up your gift of appreciation at the office this week!

 

 

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August Spotlight

Spotlight Anne

 

Anne Iwanin, PTA is our August Spotlight. She was nominated for the spotlight for her kindness and her ability to mentor others.

About Anne: Anne is a wife to husband Andy, mother to son Ollie and an animal lover. (Cat and Dog at home) Anne enjoys time with family, camping, biking and being outdoors.  

What she does at Advanced Medical: Anne is a Physical Therapy Assistant at Advanced Medical. She follows patients and helps them achieve their short and long term goals.  Anne strives to make a difference in the lives of her patients and is known for her gentle approach and willingness to listen to each patient.

What others have to say: 

“Anne is a sweet and kind hearted person, she takes the time to listen to her patients with her entire mind,

she is a great mentor and teacher and is willing to help out in a pinch!”

“Anne is extra kind and caring with her patients. She is very patient and does a wonderful job of nurturing her relationship with each and every patient.”

“Anne is the type of person that puts you at ease when you’re around her, she has a great heart, fun sense of humor and just a joy to be around.”

Thank you: Anne, you inspire us all to be better people and caregivers. Thank you for what you bring to this team and for adding sunshine to our lives! We have a gift of appreciation for you to pick up at the office on Monday.

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