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SMH forms Rehab Partnership with Physical Therapy

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2011
Contact: Michele Hutchins
(603) 238-6468

Choice Physical Therapy and Speare Memorial Hospital Align to Offer Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Regionally

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Choice Physical Therapy and Speare Memorial Hospital announce they are partnering to create Plymouth Regional Rehabilitation Services. Effective Monday, January 17, Choice Physical Therapy’s Plymouth location and Speare Memorial Hospital’s rehabilitation department, RehabFIT, will merge services to provide central New Hampshire access to a fully integrated rehabilitation center located at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Choice Physical Therapy,” says Speare Memorial Hospital’s President and CEO Michelle McEwen, FACHE. “By merging our services we are creating a comprehensive sports medicine, rehabilitation and wellness organization. Together we will deliver superior quality care through better clinical integration with providers, be centered on promoting positive patient outcomes and improving the overall health of our community.”

Kelly Legacy, DPT, ATC, Clinical Director at Choice Physical Therapy, agrees, “This is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and offer the community a patient focused facility that aims to restore function and mobility and improve overall wellness. By combining our shared vision of physician directed care and a sports medicine approach with strong manual therapies and the medical fitness model for better health, we can add value by becoming a comprehensive medical hub for the greater Plymouth area.”

McEwen explains the new organization, Plymouth Regional Rehabilitation Services, will encompass the hospital’s own rehabilitation services and Choice PT’s Plymouth, Bristol and Plymouth State University locations. Bristol and PSU will continue to operate under the Choice Physical Therapy name, while the hospital department at Boulder Point will have a name change. “We anticipate incorporating Choice Physical Therapy into the name of our hospital rehabilitation department, but keeping the RehabFIT designation for our membership-based medical fitness program introduced last year.”

Legacy adds that Choice Physical Therapy will begin seeing their Plymouth patients at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point on Monday, January 17, but emphasizes, “We want to make this a smooth transition for everyone and ensure our integrated services are coordinated and designed to maximize better patient outcomes.”
Speare Memorial at Boulder Point is located at 103 Boulder Point Drive off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth. The rehabilitation services department is located on the first floor. For more information please call (603) 238-2225.

Speare Memorial Hospital is a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire for more than a century. Visit online at www.spearehospital.com or join us on Facebook.