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Physical Therapists Celebrate National PT Month

Pt-month-2011October is National Physical Therapy Month, and a great time to celebrate the Physical Therapy Teams here at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) and at Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care (PCRC).

We recently welcomed Lisa Crescenti, PT, DPT and PRN PT staff Jill Altshuler, PT, Amy Modzelewski, PT, Lisa Winward, PT plus weekend aides Megan Chronister, Devan Green and Caitlin Booth. At Penn Therapy and Fitness, PRN PT's Mike Denny, MSPT and Kristin Siegel, PT, DPT joined Marty and Brian.

We continue to work with nursing on patient focused initiatives like the Cupp 5 Out of Bed program and the ACE mobility program. To better address our patients’ needs, additional therapists have been ICU certified. The therapy team is excited for completion of renovations on 4 Scheie and at PCRC as the short term unit expands!

 Workshops, Presentations Focus on Improving Outcomes with PT

Last October, Alys Nawawi, MS, PT, presented at the Focus on Mesothelioma conference through Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, on the importance of activity in recovery from thoracic surgery. This October, the presentation will incorporate ways to exercise with dance.

Inpatient Physical Therapy’s Alys Nawawi, MS, PT and Jane Oeffner, PT, DPT, MBA presented a poster, “Outcomes of an Acute Care Patient Ambulation Program in Post -Operative Thoracic Surgery Patients” at the APTA 2011 National Conference, which was a joint project with 4East Nursing. Jane Oeffner also served as Pennsylvania delegate in the APTA House of Delegates. From the outpatient PT team, Martin Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS and Brian Leggin, PT, DPT, OCS presented at the MidAtlantic Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in Washington DC.

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