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Allegany OTA Program Helps Local Children

CUMBERLAND, MD -- Allegany College of Maryland announced Dec. 18 that its occupational therapy assistant program recently enabled seven area youngsters to closely interact with second-year OTA students in the course's laboratory component. The class, which deals with injuries, diseases and difficulties common in persons from birth through adolescence, provided an opportunity for guided practice with actual members of that population, said instructor Heidi Croyle. Croyle, a former classroom teacher who ...

Posted on: December 19, 2014
LTC Properties Opens Cincinnati Rehab Facility

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA -- LTC Properties Inc. announced Dec. 12 the completion and opening of a 143-bed transitional care rehabilitation and nursing facility in Coldspring, Ky., serving the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. The property is leased to affiliates of Carespring Health Care Management under an existing master lease. Development costs for the project were approximately $23.5 million. "We are thrilled to announce the completion of construction and opening by Carespring of a new, ...

Posted on: December 17, 2014
CHS and Take Care Merge to form Premise Health

NASHVILLE, TN -- CHS Health Services and Take Care Employer Solutions LLC announced Dec. 16 that they have launched the new name and brand of their combined company: Premise Health.TM The brand is designed to reflect the company's commitment to advancing worksite health, increasing patient engagement, and improving health outcomes for employers and their workforces, according to a release. "The brand Premise Health captures the core of our mission, which is to engage employees and their families in ...

Posted on: December 16, 2014
Drive Medical Attains ISO Certification

PORT WASHINGTON, NY -- Harvey Diamond, chairman of the board and CEO of Drive Medical, announced Dec. 15 that Drive Medical has successfully obtained ISO 13485:2003 certification. "We are thrilled that Drive has obtained the ISO 13485:2003 certification," said Diamond. "The certification confirms that the necessary quality assurance protocols at Drive are being implemented to deliver superior products for our customers." ISO 13485 is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, ...

Posted on: December 15, 2014
Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center Selects Clinicient

PORTLAND, OR -- Clinicient Inc. announced Dec. 11 that Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center, a network of clinics in North Carolina owned by Kare Partners, and Hot Springs Sports Medicine, its subsidiary in Arkansas, have selected Clinicient as their revenue cycle management (RCM) partner at seven clinic locations. "We are excited to work with Clinicient to optimize all parts of our growing company -- from patient to payment. Originally, we only saw Clinicient as a potential software partner. As we ...

Posted on: December 11, 2014
Texas Star Assisted Living to Open in 2015

ALLEN, TX -- Texas Star Assisted Living announced Dec. 10 that it is scheduled to open a facility with 67 assisted living apartments and 25 memory care units on 7.5 acres of land in June 2015. Located in close proximity to the Medical Center of McKinney, Highway 75, and the Watters Creek dining and shopping center, the facility is located at 650 S. Greenville Avenue, just north of Bethany Road near a quiet, established residential area and two churches. The facility will create over 45 new jobs in the ...

Posted on: December 10, 2014
OPTP Releases Compact Mobilization Wedge

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Dec. 8 the release of a new compact mobilization wedge for manual therapists. Featuring an easy-to-use compact design, the OPTP Mobilization Wedge™ is designed for manual mobilizations of the spine and extremities. It's constructed of firm yet comfortable rubber with a 1-inch wide molded groove to relieve pressure on the spinous process during mobilizations. Slightly rounded edges improve patient comfort. The OPTP Mobilization Wedge measures 3¾ inches wide by 6 ...

Posted on: December 09, 2014
Hocoma Introduces Valedo

NORWELL, MA -- Hocoma announced Dec. 3 the introduction of Valedo® -- rated one of the Top 30 devices in the wearable healthcare market by Soreon Research and a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree -- to the U.S. market. Valedo is a personal medical device for the low back that combines physical sensors with intuitive software. Valedo transforms biomechanical exercises developed by physical therapy professionals into fun, interactive games on a user's iPad or iPhone. Valedo's sensors detect and respond ...

Posted on: December 08, 2014
AposTherapy Completes New Financing

NEW YORK -- AposTherapy announced Dec. 3 that it has completed a new round of financing and is launching a global initiative to offer its technology and treatment through physical therapy centers and orthopedic practices. To date, the company has provided drug-free and surgery-free treatment to over 50,000 patients worldwide who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. The company also announced an expanded board of directors, whose members include experts in medicine, managed care, public health and ...

Posted on: December 07, 2014
Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Cartilage Loss

CHICAGO -- A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented Dec. 3 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. The new study focused on the meniscus, a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage in the knee that acts as a shock absorber between ...

Posted on: December 06, 2014
Study: Bracing Not Effective After Spine Fracture

ROSEMONT, IL -- A study appearing in the December 3 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) found that patients who wore a brace as treatment for a spinal compression fracture had comparable outcomes in terms of pain, function and healing when compared to patients who did not wear a brace. Many patients with these fractures are instructed to wear a soft or rigid brace to stabilize the spine with the intent of reducing pain and preventing further deterioration and collapse of the fracture ...

Posted on: December 05, 2014
Tennessee Student Researches Effects of CP Surgery

KNOXVILLE -- The possible detrimental effects on balance following a surgical procedure performed on many children with cerebral palsy is being better understood thanks to research conducted in part by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, doctoral student. The team looked at a procedure in which the rectus femoris muscle is disconnected from the front of the knee and reattached to the back of the leg to correct problematic muscle function and improve mobility. Though commonly done to allow for more ...

Posted on: December 04, 2014
Supplemental Health Care Opens Second Boston Office

BOSTON -- Supplemental Health Care, a national healthcare workforce solutions company, announced Dec. 3 that it has opened a second office in the Boston area to meet the city's burgeoning healthcare staffing needs. In addition, Brigham and Women's Hospital recently selected the company to recruit and hire over 200 nurses to support its EPIC conversion. "Boston is a thriving healthcare market and we are pleased to be at the forefront of supplying patient-centered, qualified clinicians necessary to meet the ...

Posted on: December 03, 2014
SwimEx Names Secondi to Sales Team

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc., an international manufacturer of therapy and fitness pools, announced Dec. 2 the appointment of Paul Secondi to its sales team. Secondi holds a master's degree in sports and fitness from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining SwimEx he was an assistant athletic trainer at Bucknell University, working in the sports medicine department. "This job is a perfect fit for me," said Secondi. "I ...

Posted on: December 02, 2014
CHOP Names Chief of Orthopedic Surgery

PHILADELPHIA -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced Dec. 1 the selection of John M. "Jack" Flynn, MD, as its new chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. Flynn will assume his new position Dec. 1. "We congratulate Dr. Flynn on his well-deserved selection as the division's new leader," said N. Scott Adzick, MD, surgeon-in-chief at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "I announce his appointment with great pleasure and look forward to his continued contributions in this new ...

Posted on: December 01, 2014
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