One East Texas hospital is marking "National Rehabilitation Awareness Week" by sharing details of its program with the community. Thursday afternoon, Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall held an open house, giving folks an opportunity to check out all the inner workings of the Acute Rehab Program.
"It's really an educational opportunity to connect with the community to show them what options they may have," said program director, Jennifer Kranzman.
Kranzman says this open house showcased what the local hospital has to offer. The 10 bed rehab unit has been in operation for 12 years, assisting about 150 patients every year.
"We are helping them with emulation, getting to the shower, bathing, and also helping them with cognition, not only dealing with function but with the mind too," said Kranzman.
Dr. Robert Palmer was treated in the rehab program four months ago, after two back surgeries and blood clots limited his mobility. He says he's thankful for the staff here who whipped him back into shape in one week.
"They helped strengthened my legs and arms and so fourth," said Dr. Palmer. "It's tough, if you don't do it, you're not going to get any better. They push and that's the way it's supposed to be.They taught me how to dress myself, put on my socks and shoes. I think they did a good job."
"We feel like the people that do this type of service should be recognized," said Kranzman. "These people are people who are giving 100 percent so that you can be 100 percent."