Monday, November 19th, 2018

Gift to support rehab training, wound care, PHH

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018

A $250,000 gift from an organization composed of Huntington County doctors will enhance education and training opportunities for the staff members of two new treatment centers at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH).

The Huntington County Medical Society’s gift will endow a fund to support knowledge and skills advancement for team members of the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center and the Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing. Those centers will occupy the addition now under construction at the hospital, scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.

“With this gift, the physicians of Huntington County are investing in the expertise of hospital co-workers caring for patients in the rehabilitation and wound care settings,” said Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation. “As therapy and treatment practices advance, and as new techniques are introduced here, clinical staff members will have access to training that will enable them to provide the best possible care.”

Huntington County Medical Society president Lourdu Savariar, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Pediatrics, said the organization’s members regard the endowment as a significant opportunity to further enhance local healthcare.

“We all want the best healthcare for our patients,” she said, “and we believe we have a great partner in Parkview Huntington. As the hospital continues to evolve its services, we have recognized that we can make a real difference through this important gift. Having the best-trained staff around can help area residents remain here to receive quality care from people they know.”

Juli Johnson, president of PHH, expressed her appreciation to the physicians for their support.

“As we are expanding our services and facility, it’s very exciting to have dollars set aside for staff education,” she said. “We’ve already added dry needling, pre- and post-treatment assessment for breast cancer patients, and soon, wound care and massage. We are focused on widening the circle of our services so Huntington County residents don’t need to travel elsewhere for services they need.”

The hospital expansion that will encompass both the Center for Wound Healing and the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center was unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony in November 2017. Excavation began in January of this year. The first phase will be completed soon, with the Center for Wound Healing expected to open to patients mid- to late December. The second phase – renovating the existing Rehab and Wellness Center and combining it with the space in the addition – should be completed next spring.

The medical society’s gift will result in the dedication of space: The Huntington County Medical Society Wound Care Center will reside within the Center for Wound Healing. Two classrooms in the adult rehab area will also be named to recognize local physicians’ appreciation for the world-class care the hospital provides.

Angie Hormann, manager of Rehab and Wellness at PHH, said she and her staff are delighted and grateful to be able to put the quarter-million-dollar gift to use: “Medical society members really believe in the care we provide, and through this support, they are equipping us to further enhance our effectiveness. Thanks to their funding for education and training, more people will become the best they can be, whether through rehab therapies or wellness services our well-qualified team will provide.”

Shown in the photo are Huntington County Medical Society members Matt Pflieger, MD, Cardinal Family Medicine, left; J. David Carnes, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine, third from right and Rowena Yu-Mendador, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine, right, joined Medical Society president Lourdu Savariar, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Pediatrics, second from right at the construction site on the Parkview Huntington Hospital campus for a photo to celebrate the society’s $250,000 gift in support of rehab training and wound care at the hospital. Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation, second from left; Angie Hormann, manager, Rehab and Wellness, PHH, third from left and Juli Johnson, president, PHH, center, expressed delight and appreciation for the visionary gift.