The Update: October 2017



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A Breathe of Fresh Air

Respiratory Care Week is recognized on national level from October 22-28 through the American Association for Respiratory Care. 


At our long term care acute hospital and inpatient rehabilitation, our team of respiratory therapists play a critical role multidisciplinary care.With expertise in coronary and pulmonary medicine, respiratory therapy work to place and maintain advance airways in patients including trach tubes, breathing tubes, support system ventilators, and bipap machines. Additionally, the teams work to wean ventilator-dependent patients to regain the ability to breathe independently.


"Losing the ability to communicate is one of the hardest things. Maybe a patient is unable to come off a ventilator permanently, but for a short duration of time they can come off to speak to their loved ones or to address a need we are not meeting," says respiratory therapist Brian Walters, RRT, MA. "As a team, we work together to figure out how to make that possible in a safe way. For a patient to be able to vocalize that they are okay and say 'I love you' to their families eases anxiety for both."


Read more about how respiratory therapy helps patients, along with their love ones, breathe a bit easier.



Ready for the Radnor Run

Did you know 33 million Americans suffer from lung disease? By joining the Radnor Run 2017, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. 


We are once again proud sponsors of the Radnor Run, which benefits the American Lung Association. Participants can register for a 5-mile race, or enjoy a 1-mile fun run/walk Lace up your sneakers to walk or run on Saturday, October 29th for a family friendly morning. Registration begins at 7:00 am and the 5-Mile Race begins at 8:30 am. Click here to learn more about the event and to register online.



Celebrating the Power of PT

National Physical Therapy Month is hosted by American Physical Therapy Association each October to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people's lives.


To date, we have 237 physical therapists and 35 physical therapy assistants throughout our organization, who are recognized for their advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills. In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we encourage you to explore how our physical therapy services can provide you with tools to maximize mobility, function and independence. Follow us on Facebook to see our dedicated posts all month long!


We are proud to offer physical therapy services at all 18 of our Penn Therapy & Fitness outpatient locations, many of which include specialized programs.To learn more about the services and locations, click here to view our outpatient locations. 



Stroke Specialty Services

Each year, strokes strike millions of Americans, providing a terrifying experience for patients and families. Strokes can have a major impact on an individual's physical, emotional, work and personal lives. 


We believe outpatient physical rehabilitation is a critical part in restoring function, confidence and a sense of well-being. Our team of stroke rehabilitation experts will partner with you and your neurologist to help return you to your most productive, rewarding lifestyle. 


Our therapists at Penn Therapy & Fitness weave coping strategies, education and practical solutions into a patient's therapy plan. Our team will work with you to develop a plan that's right for you, including:

  • Compassionate care strategies to help return you to day-to-day function and independence
  • Assessment and management of adaptive and assistive technology 
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Spasticity management
  • Nutritional management
  • Education on prevention of reoccurrence specific to risk factors


Click here to learn more about our outpatient stroke program.