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Physical Therapy Program Receives
$100,000 Donation from Genesis Rehab Services

RADFORD – Radford University president Penelope W. Kyle announced this morning the donation of $100,000 from Pennsylvania-based Genesis Rehab Services (GRS) to RU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

The donation will provide the funds necessary to create a laboratory at RU dedicated to motion analysis, an integral focus in the study of physical therapy. The lab will be designed to enhance the healthcare needs of those living in Southwest Virginia.

“We recognize that academia holds the key to the future of physical therapy,” said Dan Hirschfeld, president of GRS. “The Motion Analysis Lab will enable us to make substantial contributions to current research and best practices in the field of geriatric rehabilitation. We are excited about this opportunity to impact practitioners and patients in this community.”

GRS’s donation will equip a laboratory designed to study and document bodily motions. The facility will be created not only to provide an essential part of the RU DPT curriculum but will also provide faculty and staff the opportunity to collaborate with physical therapists from GRS, enhance their skills, and accept special needs patient referrals.

DPT Program“This generous donation will do much to attract the highest quality students and faculty to Radford University,” said Raymond Linville, dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services in which the DPT program is housed. “GRS’s partnership with RU, which is the first of its kind by the company, exemplifies their recognition of our commitment to improving rural healthcare, especially with regard to the elderly.”

(IN THE PHOTO: Raymond Linville, right, with physical therapist WIlliam Kolb.)

GRS is a nationally recognized leader in the provision of contract physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services. The company serves patients at more than 800 sites of service spanning 23 states and the District of Columbia and utilizes a team of more than 7,000 highly-trained therapists in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, outpatient clinics, and hospital settings.

The GRS donation comes on the heels of a $500,000 gift the DPT program recently received from Roanoke-based Medical Facilities of America. That donation will fund the university’s first endowed chair and will provide salary supplements and research or program support.

The RU DPT program is one of two new graduate programs to be implemented in Waldron College in nearly 15 years. The second, a Masters of Occupational Therapy, recently hired its founding chair and director of clinical education and is in the beginning stages of applying for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

The DPT program is currently in the process of searching for a departmental chair and director of clinical education. Once hired, RU will seek accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted accreditation. According to Linville, once accreditation is received, a site for the GRS motion analysis laboratory will be selected. If a permanent site is not ready at that time, the equipment will be housed in a temporary area and then relocated to a permanent site.

The DPT program falls within a vision outlined in the university’s strategic plan, 7-17, Forging a Bold New Future: to be among the top 50 masters universities in the nation and to create graduates who become leaders in their communities.

“We want to serve the community,” Linville emphasized. “We also want to establish a program that puts RU on the national map for allied health with a bold plan to begin admitting students during the 2009-2010 academic year.”

Nov. 13, 2008
Contact: Mindy Buchanan-King (mlbuchana@radford.edu; 540-831-7764)

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