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A project to improve the physical therapy department at Carroll County Memorial Hospital got a shot in the arm Friday with a $50,000 donation from North American Stainless.
NAS Vice President-Finance and Administration Mary Jean Riley presented the check at a ceremony attended by hospital staff, board members and Carroll County Fiscal Court.
Riley said NAS understands the importance of the hospital and she has experienced it herself in the 36 years she has lived here.
NAS needs to have the quick response that CCMH offers in the event that someone at the plant is injured, she said.
“This hospital is important to the community and all of the industry down the (Hwy.) 42 corridor,” Riley said.
CCMH physical therapist Mike Hebbler said the money will be used to replace old treatment tables and mats, the climate control system and to upgrade the heating system for winter, along with providing air conditioning in the hospital’s gym.
“We will be enhancing our treatment options to better care for work injuries and improve the health of workers and occupational program with a New Step exerciser and Life Line exercise system,” Hebbler said.
CCMH CEO Michael Kozar said he appreciates the support from NAS in the hospital’s project to improve its physical therapy department so they can help return people to their work and lifestyles.
The hospital is looking to expand the size of the physicaltherapy department by 1,000 square feet, Kozar said Friday. In addition to the equipment that Hebbler mentioned, he said the department is looking for the support it needs to purchase a Theraband wall station, stairs for gait training, high-low tilt table, Korebalance trainer, parallel bars, biofeedback EMG, treadmill, bariatric wheelchair and other equipment.
Hebbler said the NAS donation will “go a long way in helping” the hospital make the improvements in his department.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson, who is also a hospital board member, said he appreciates the support from NAS, saying it will help CCMH build on what it has.