By SVERRE BAKKE
Skyline Hospital's new Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic encompasses 2,400 square feet of work room -- four times the space the department used to occupy in the hospital proper.
The department's eight-member staff got a chance to show off their new digs and talk with past and present patients during a well attended, late-afternoon open house last Thursday.
According to Mike Madden, the hospital's chief executive officer, the 40x60, one-story building cost approximately $190,000. He said the hospital was able to use in-house labor and talent to trim expenses from the architect's estimate of $450,000.
"We're to the point now where, with all this room and the patient load we're carrying, we're looking at adding a fifth physical therapist," said Madden, noting the position is included in the department's next fiscal year budget request.
The department is run by director of physical therapy Tom Moline, an orthopedic-certified specialist.
His staff includes physical therapists Teresa Schuemann, Shelly Skiles and David Wiltsie; PT assistants Traci Hamilton and Theresa Perry; PT aide Cesar Guzman, and office manager Kelly Lewis.
"We're pretty lucky to have these people," Madden said. "I don't think you'll find an organization this size, with such a well-trained staff."
Skyline's Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic is one of seven nationwide to offer a residency program in sports medicine studies, said Schuemann, a sports-certified specialist and athletic trainer.
Physical therapists with at least three years of practical experience are eligible for the program. Those assigned to the program serve one year here, working under Moline and Schuemann, both with patients of the clinic and in the field at local sporting events.
Wiltsie is the first therapist to complete Skyline's residency program and has chosen to stay on, Schuemann noted.
"We have a lot of exciting things happening here," she continued. "And we're thrilled to have the bigger facility because we were starting to fall over one another" in the old location.
Skyline Hospital's Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic is located at 253 Rhine Village Dr. For information, call 493-1101, ext. 3396; log on to www.skylinehospital.com, or address an e-mail to email@example.com.