More than 6,500 facilities nationwide including Conemaugh Rehabilitation’s Crichton Center are celebrating Rehab Awareness Week in recognition of the healthcare providers who touch nearly 50 million Americans.
The week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; salute the professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and increase awareness of the value and impact of rehabilitation.
“Rehabilitation is a medical specialty that helps restore those who are affected by a potentially disabling disease, strokes, or traumatic injury to good health and functional, productive lives. It is through the compassionate and patient centered care of rehabilitation professionals that individuals are able to have a chance at a better life,” says Dr. William Bergin, board certified physiatrist (specializing in physician medicine) and Medical Director of Conemaugh Rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation can lengthen life, improve the quality of life and reduce subsequent illness. Statistics show for every $1 spent on rehab care, it is estimated that $11 are saved on long-term disability.
“We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all members of the rehabilitation team such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, rehabilitation nursing, our administrative staff and our board members for their contributions,” adds Dr. Bergin.
Conemaugh Health System’s Crichton Rehabilitation Center opened its doors to the community in 1996. Crichton remains the only CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility in the Laurel Highlands region.
Conemaugh Health System provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the community in various locations including: Acute therapy at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center and Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center and at Conemaugh Rehabilitation outpatient sites located in East Hills and Ebensburg. Inpatient care is provided at Crichton Rehabilitation Center and Conemaugh’s Transitional Care Unit as well as by Conemaugh Home Health.