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Genesis Rehab Services Makes Substantial Gift to Waldron College

RADFORD – Genesis Rehabilitation Services has presented a $100,000 gift to the Waldron College of Health and Human Services to create a laboratory at RU dedicated to motion analysis, an integral focus in the study of physical therapy. The gift is the first of its kind from Genesis to a university.

The corporation’s president Dan Hirschfeld, members of his staff and many area physical therapists met Friday with members of the university administration and the inaugural leadership team for RU’s new doctorate in physical therapy program.

At a luncheon honoring the Genesis gift, a plaque was presented to Hirschfeld. A larger bronze plaque will be displayed in the motion analysis lab as a tribute to the Genesis’ gift. RU Provost Wil Stanton said, “RU is happy for this partnership with Genesis and it is a genuine honor to initiate the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. We thank you for your enthusiastic and generous support.”  Though the program is beginning at a difficult time in the nation’s economy, RU is dedicated to the new program and “it will be a premier program,” he said.

Dan Hirschfeld and Wil StantonWaldron College Dean Raymond Linville says the gift and use of the motion analysis lab will greatly increase our capacity to meet the needs for better healthcare. He told guests, “There are not a lot of professionals in the field to do this type of work and we are fortunate to have found two leaders who are experts in developing new programs.”

(IN THE PHOTO: Dan Hirschfeld, left, President of Genesis Rehabilitation Services, presents a check to RU Provost Wil Stanton.)

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 also will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to collaborate with physical therapists from GRS, enhance their skills, and accept special needs patient referrals.

“The opportunity for Genesis Rehab Services to provide support for the new Motion Lab at Radford University aligns perfectly with our company mission: to improve the lives we touch through high quality healthcare and everyday compassion,” Hirschfeld says.  “Through the new Motion Lab, Genesis Rehab Services is proud to support emerging physical therapy practitioners while focusing on the healthcare needs of the rural geriatric community.”

The portable equipment is designed to enhance the healthcare needs of those living in Southwest Virginia and can be used at other sites or where ever the needs are great. Renee Huth, director of clinical education in the DPT program and an expert in motion analysis, says the focus on rural healthcare needs sets the RU program apart from other schools. Huth told the gathering, “Students, faculty and practitioners working together in the program will make the world a better place.”

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 900 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 RU DPT program is one of two new graduate programs to be implemented in Waldron College in nearly 15 years; the second is a Masters of Occupational Therapy.

The two programs fall 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.

Oct. 30, 2009
Contact: Bonnie Q. Erickson (broberts@radford.edu; 540-831-5804)

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