Second Annual National Rehab Week Luncheon Held at the Masonic Lodge

The Rehabilitation Continuum of Care of Mid Coast Health Services hosted its Second Annual National Rehab Week Luncheon Wednesday, September 19, at the Masonic Lodge on Baribeau Drive in Brunswick. Mid Coast Health Servicesí Rehab Continuum represents several rehabilitation departments including the Mid Coast Hospital Inpatient, the Mid Coast Senior Health Services Skilled Nursing Unit, Mid Coast Hospital Outpatient, Mid Coast Medical Group Orthopedics/Rehab, and CHANS Home Health Services. This event was designed to highlight the victories people with disabilities have made through rehabilitation and to recognize the contributions of the 80 plus rehabilitation professionals working in the mid Coast Health Services system. These dedicated individuals strive to deliver holistic and personalized care; promote independence; and work to enhance the quality of life for our patients and residents each and every day.

The Patient of the Year Award is given to an individual who has participated in Rehab Continuumís therapy care and has demonstrated an outstanding determination in facing his/her recovery. Three Rehab Employees of the Year Awards were also presented to Rehab Continuum practitioners. Both the patient and therapist awardees were nominated by the combined staffs. The following are the 2012 award recipients: John Cakouros, resident at Sunnybrook Village, was awarded Patient of the Year. Physical Therapist, Marge Perron, was recognized as the CHANS Clinician of the Year. The Mid Coast Hospital Clinician of the Year award was given to James Marc-Aurele, OTR/L, MLD/CDT, and Hillary LaForge, OTR/L, was presented with the Mid Coast Senior Health Center Clinician of the Year award.

Rehabilitation is a medical specialty which helps restore people affected by potentially disabling disease or traumatic injury to good health. It helps minimize physical or cognitive disabilities and assists individuals in returning to functional, productive lives. An integral part of healthcare, rehabilitation is a key component in providing patients with positive outcomes. Mid Coast Health Services offers comprehensive rehabilitation support in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

The three Mid Coast rehabilitation departments share the goals of preventing complications, minimizing impairment, and maximizing function. Over 50 million Americans are disabled and most Americans will need the services of a rehabilitation professional sometime in their lifetime. Rehabilitation is an integral part of health care and helps individuals recover from disabling injury, illness, or chronic disease. People participating in rehabilitation programs of care are able to regain productivity and return to work, school, and independent living. Independence gained or retained through rehabilitation is priceless. Statistics show that medical rehabilitation improves lives and saves money. For every dollar spent on rehab care, it is estimated that $11 are saved on long-term disability costs. To learn more about the Rehabilitation Services of Mid Coast Hospital, visit
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