Henry County Medical Center Celebrates Our Occupational Therapists During April

CUTLINE 1 – Pictured is the HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehab Occupational Therapy Team.

CUTLINE 2 – Pictured is Meggan Walker, OTR/L at HCMC Home Health and Hospice

CUTLINE 3 – Pictured is Jason Stevenson, COTA, and Martha Lowe, COTA.  Lowe works at both HCHC and Home Health and Hospice.

Paris, TN – In observance of Occupational Therapy Month, Henry County Medical Center recognizes and highlights its occupational therapy program and its therapists during the month of April.

Under the direction of Debbie Jelks, PT, MSPT, PCS, the Director of the Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation; Cynthia Stigall, Director of HCMC Home Health and Hospice, and Christy Dukes, Director of HCHC Plumley Rehab, HCMC has five OTs in the organization. Ashley Hodge, OTR/L and Rachel Laux, OTR/L work at the Center for Wellness in the Kelley Clinic, while Meggan Walker, OTR/L and Martha Lowe, COTA, work at HCMC’s Home Health & Hospice.  Lowe as well as Jason Stevenson, COTA, also work at HCHC Plumley Rehab.

HCMC is excited to recognize the OT profession and feature what OT is and can do for patients during a Facebook Live set for Tuesday, April 20 at 12 Noon with Meggan Walker, OTR/L, from Home Health and Hospice.

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to accomplish things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

The HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation offers convenient and specialized care providing services for orthopedic patients, neurological patients, lymphedema patients, speech/language pathology patients, pediatric physical and occupational therapy, vestibular patients and a variety of other diagnoses.

Home Health is designed to provide the smoothest transition from hospital to home. Patients must be referred to Home Health and must be homebound, need skilled care in the home and be under the care of a physician. The staff provides valuable physical assessment, evaluation, and instruction for the patient and family, while closely monitoring the patient’s condition with regular reports to his or her physician.

For more information on HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehab, call 731-642-2411.  For more information on HCMC Home Health and Hospice, call 731-642-7600.  You can also check out our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org