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.
Gove County Medical Center Physical Therapy Department Overview
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.
At the end of 2017, legislation failed to come to an agreement on the federal budget. In that legislation, there was a therapy cap repeal that also failed to have anything done with it. Because of that, a HARD therapy cap is now in place until further legislation is completed. Right now, there is a combined $2010 dollar cap for physical AND speech therapy. Another $2010 for occupational therapy. That means that once you reach that limit for the year, all other therapy is out of pocket for the Medicare beneficiary. This completely give our Medicare population a disadvantage to healthcare services and a disservice to the community. Many groups and hospitals are fighting this legislation right now, please contact Senator Jerry Moran and Senator Pat Roberts to repeal the therapy cap. Please contact Liz McDonald at 785-754-5167 for any questions.
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, Jessica McCombie, OTR, 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.