Rim Country Health’s new occupational therapist Richard Staudt is helping the facility expand its outpatient services and focus.
Staudt joined the staff about three months ago and is working with three others in the physical rehabilitation department.
“We’re well seasoned,” said department director Shaye Gurrera. She and Staudt have a combined 48 years experience and the two other members have more that 30 years in the field between them.
“Richard brings a wealth of talent to the facility,” Gurrera said. He has a good rapport with the doctors and 99.9 percent of the patients love him, she added.
Staudt and the staff work with patients in the facility as well as with outpatients and he is teaching he co-therapists some of his techniques.
The staff does outpatient work three days a week and its work in-house is provided six days a week. Once a quarter, all the patients at Rim Country Health are evaluated for their therapy needs and other assessments are made when requested.
The work with outpatients is provided with a physician’s prescription, but anyone interested in learning more can attend the free gym at Rim Country Health from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday and make arrangements for a free consultation. If they are then interested in pursuing outpatient work, they can request their primary care doctor provide a prescription for the service.
“We want people to make an educated decision about outpatient therapy,” Gurrera said, explaining why the free gym and consultation is offered.
She said about 90 percent of the consults return for therapy.
“The facility is very supportive of what we’re doing and it’s a big benefit to the community,” Staudt said.
He said he feels very fortunate and blessed to be working at Rim Country Health.
“It is an extremely good fit. I have felt welcomed since Day One. It’s exciting to be part of a team with similar goals and passions for helping the community and those in need,” Staudt said.
The Rim Country Health rehabilitation therapy staff will be participating in upcoming public outreach programs, such as the Women’s Wellness Forum March 23 at Payson High School.