Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department at Gove County Medical Center will celebrate 22 years of providing services coming in 2017. The P.T. Department is committed to giving patients the best, personalized care possible. Our staff consists of highly qualified professionals from a variety of health care fields. These include physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and speech-language pathologists. This allows patients the opportunity to work with clinicians with specific knowledge and skills to best treat their individual injuries and disorders.

Physical Therapy: Specializes in strengthening, mobility, balance, endurance activities, pain management, and wound care. Treatment may begin before a surgery to gain range of motion and strength and definitely post-surgery for range, strength, and pain management.

Occupational Therapy: Works effectively in regaining normal return to activities to help patients achieve independence in all facets of their lives. OT aids people in developing the "skills for the job of living." We added our own Occupational Therapist, Abby Raveling, over a year ago who is also contracting with Hoxie and Oakley to provide services.

Speech Therapy: Works to enhance communication via expression of ideas. Language is the means by which communication is achieved. Speech also is involved in helping patients work with the texture and thickness of food to help improve or prevent swallowing difficulties.

Therapy Pool: Our therapy pool offers our patients a quicker recovery with a faster start to therapy in the aquatic environment for post-surgical patients. The buoyancy of the pool will also provide a low impact workout. Aqua therapy is intended for initial use following surgery with progression to land based therapy; however, multiple diagnoses do qualify for aquatic treatments.

Cancer Therapy: Our cancer therapy service began in mid-summer 2016. After sending two staff members to Rocky Cancer Center in Colorado, we have been able to offer this service self-pay. Insurance is not yet covering this service, but there is work being done in congress to help with this service. However, due to charity fundraisers, this service is currently able to be offered free of charge to patients.

There is a new Medicare limit on Therapy services that applies for those with Original Medicare. Medicare limits how much it pays for your medically necessary outpatient therapy services in one calendar year. These limits are called "therapy caps" or "therapy cap limits." For 2017, the cap is $1,980 for Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy services combined. It is also $1,980 for Occupational Therapy services. If you need services that will go above the outpatient therapy cap limits, your therapist must document your need for medically reasonable and necessary services. You may qualify to get an exception to the cap so that Medicare will continue to pay its share for your services.

List of Staff: Liz McDonald, PTA, Director of Therapy Services and Cardiac Rehab, Callie Kuntz, PTA, Star Hooper, PTA, Abby Weber, PTA, Sondra Kitch, PT, Rebecca Baker, PT, Abby Raveling, OT, Karla Rohleder, Secretary. Direct Access treatment will also be looked into adding later in the year of 2017. With this, patients will be able to be seen in physical therapy without first seeing a physician.

Hours: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Monday - Friday
Phone Number: 785-754-5167.