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Howard Memorial Hospital Renovates Physical Therapy Department

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 3, 2012

Contact: Kristen Meadows,
Marketing Specialist
(707)-456-3127

Willits- Howard Memorial Hospital's (HMH) Physical Therapy Department has a fresh new look, inside and out. The Physical Therapy Center will now have enough space to add new services, and to provide existing services in a more comfortable environment for patients.

- Howard Memorial Hospital's (HMH) Physical Therapy Department has a fresh new look, inside and out. The Physical Therapy Center will now have enough space to add new services, and to provide existing services in a more comfortable environment for patients.

They've nearly doubled the gym space (from 400 sq ft to more than 750 sq ft). They've also acquired new equipment, including the Biodex Balance System that allows physical therapists to compare patients' balance abilities against population norms, determine their risk for falling, provide athletes with screenings to preempt certain sports injuries, and incorporate new ways to help patients recover from lower extremity injuries.

More space makes it easier to expand into new service lines, as they have with women's health: offering care in the emerging field of incontinence and vaginal pain treatment through physical therapy. "There are five types of urinary incontinence and 40% of adult women suffer from at least one type, but because we don't talk about it, the people suffering have no idea how normal they are," said physical therapist Odessa McHart who has undergone specialized training to help patients with these conditions. With a doctor's order, patients can take advantage of this non-invasive approach to healing. Physical therapists work with a person's medical team to create a plan personalized for each person's needs.

Since the hospital completed work on the inside of the Physical Therapy Center, they decided to rebrand the service with a new logo that better demonstrates the department's connection with Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital. "We offer the same great care we always have, and we're continually changing and growing to respond to the needs of our community," said Physical Therapy Director Matt Whitaker.

The Physical Therapy Center is open Monday through Friday and is located at 46 Madrone St. in Willits. For more information, call 707-456-3141

Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is a member of Adventist Health's Northern California Network, which provides innovative community, specialty, and destination health care. Other members of the network include Ukiah Valley Medical Center and the St. Helena Region of hospitals. Together we serve our local communities in Mendocino, Solano, Lake, and Napa counties, as well as patients who travel to us for care.

Adventist Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.