Congratulations to Stephanie Riggenbach for being awarded the Tarpley Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at San Juan College! Stephanie has been teaching at the college for 2 years. She was chosen for this award by nominations from the dean, lead instructors and/or department chair. Adjunct faculty are awarded in recognition of their commitment to go
50,000-60,000 people per year are diagnosed with PD, added to the nearly one million people already diagnosed in the US alone. A person does not die from PD but rather the complications associated with the disease which is ranked 14th of all leading causes of death in the US. There are many symptoms associated with
In March 2002, the Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team. The Speak Up Campaign encourages the public to: Speak up if
Medtronic is the world’s largest medical technology company developing various pieces of equipment to help improve one’s quality of life. A representative from this company worked with Valley-Wide Physical Therapy Director, Ashley Koppenhafer to bring a special presentation on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to the San Luis Valley residents suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. John
Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. (Valley-Wide) is proud to report that it is a recipient of two federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Fiscal Year 2015 Quality Improvement awards, which are intended to recognize Community Health Center quality achievements. National Quality Leader: $41,921 – For health centers that are the highest performers compared to national
Valley-Wide Physical Therapy recently had their unannounced site inspection by the Department of Health and Human Services. This occurs once every 7 years to check that the clinic complies with various standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The inspection is conducted by a licensed surveyor/investigator from the Colorado Department of Public
Another year has come to wish Joshua Merrick, PT, DPT good luck at the Xterra World Triathlon Championships. He will be competing in Maui, Hawaii on Sunday, October 26th. We send him off with the old saying: “Break a leg”!
We here in the Physical Therapy Department obviously work on body mechanics to help resolve and prevent injury. During the spring, summer and fall months we really enjoy our outdoor time but come winter, it may be another story (excluding those ski bums). There are ways to get in more physical activity at work
It’s time to celebrate…October is Physical Therapy month! This is exciting to many people who work in the physical therapy field and to those who have experienced the benefits of physical therapy. For those who are not in either of those categories it is often difficult to really know what physical therapy is all about.
Valley-Wide Health Systems hosted a National Health Center Week Kick-Off Potluck BBQ on Thursday evening, August 7th. It was a great success with well over 200 participants from our Community Health Center, the local hospital, SLV Health, and the local behavioral health agency, SLV Behavioral Health Group! Valley-Wide had medical, dental, pharmacy and physical therapy