Health-care spotlight

January 14, 2008

Total Rehab Care employees pass exam

Total Rehab Care of Washington County Hospital recently celebrated the certification of occupational therapists Meredith Cirtwell and Tobi Smith, as certified hand therapists.

Cirtwell has been with Total Rehab Care for almost two years and has specialized in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and industrial rehabilitation since 1998. Smith joined Total Rehab Care in 2005 and prior to that worked in skilled nursing, pediatrics, and home health before specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.

A certified hand therapist (CHT) has a minimum of five years of clinical experience including 4,000 hours or more of direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the CHT has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Cirtwell and Smith both work at Total Rehab Care's outpatient facility at Robinwood Medical Center in Suite 201 and at Health@Work on Downsville Pike.


Health department names employee of the month

Jerry Goldizen has been selected as Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Month for December. Goldizen works in the maintenance department at Catoctin Summit Adolescent Program, a residential substance abuse treatment program for adolescents, located in Frederick County since September 2006.

His selection reflects not only his professional diligence and competence, but the way that he has incorporated his work into the overall program's structure. Goldizen works with the youth in a way that allows them to gain hands-on experience and a sense of accomplishment that complements the more clinical aspects of their treatment. His willingness to extend beyond the boundaries of his formally specified job duties in order to benefit the Health Department's clients has made him an integral part of the program's success.

Executive director completes course

Cheryl Cordell, executive director at Broadmore Assisted Living at Hagerstown, recently completed an 80-hour assisted living program manager course and a 5-hour Alzheimer's training course for assisted living.

Broadmore Assisted Living at Hagerstown is a senior residential community at 1175 Professional Court, Hagerstown, just off Eastern Boulevard. For more information, call 301-766-0066.

Massage therapist receives training

Aimee Grahe, certified massage therapist, completed Lower Extremities and Torso/Pelvis, two courses offered in the Neuromuscular Therapy certification program. Neuromuscular Therapy is a program that assists in recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes which utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate causes of neuromuscular pain patterns. The Lower Extremities course included hip, thigh, leg, and foot anatomy while discussing issues such as sciatica, knee pain, fallen arches, bunions, and degenerative hips. The thoracic, pelvic, and lumbar areas were studied extensively in the Torso/Pelvis class. Grahe practices massage at The Chiropractic and Massage Center of Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-797-3737.

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