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Redwood Memorial celebrates opening of outpatient rehab services

11/16/2010

Redwood Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer Joe Rogers joins ambassadors from the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and hospital employees during a ribbon cutting for Outpatient Rehabilitation Services on Monday Nov 15.Patients in the Eel River Valley now have outpatient rehabilitation services available closer to home. Redwood Memorial Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its Outpatient Rehabilitation facility on Monday with a ribbon cutting and open house.

In addition to Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offered St. Joseph Hospital’s General Hospital campus in Eureka, Redwood Memorial Hospital’s new Outpatient Rehab Services include occupational, physical and speech therapy.

Outpatient Rehabilitation is a service available to patients that primarily focuses on, but is not limited to, maintaining and/or improving a person’s function and mobility while decreasing pain. The therapy is regarded as a conservative treatment attempting to maintain and/or improve function and mobility without the prescription of medicine or surgery. Patients need to obtain a doctor’s referral to receive services.

Before the hospital added these services, patients routinely traveled to Eureka from areas as distant as Garberville and Ruth Lake to receive outpatient rehabilitation services. The facility also provides the only therapy services in the area for MediCal patients.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Jim Peaker, Regional Director of Rehabilitation Services for St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals, noted the commitment of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to identifying and meeting the needs of the community.

"The Sisters’ mission has always been to go out into the community and meet the needs of the ‘dear neighbor,’" Peaker said, adding that this is exactly what happened in this case. "The community needed outpatient rehabilitation services in Fortuna and here we are stepping up to meet that need."

Fore more information about Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Redwood Memorial Hospital, please call 707-725-3361, ext. 4454

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