MID COAST HEALTH recently recognized three of its staff members — from left, Jim Byrne, Susan Allen and Catherine Jaquith — and a patient, Robert Frasch, during a National Rehabilitation Week celebration.

MID COAST HEALTH recently recognized three of its staff members — from left, Jim Byrne, Susan Allen and Catherine Jaquith — and a patient, Robert Frasch, during a National Rehabilitation Week celebration.

BRUNSWICK

Mid Coast Health honored three of its own staff in a National Rehabilitation Week celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Mid Coast Health’s continuum of rehabilitation services includes Mid Coast Hospital’s Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Departments, Mid Coast Senior Health Center’s Bodwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mid Coast Medical Group Orthopedic Therapy Center, and CHANS Home Health Care.

This event was designed to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the more than 100 rehabilitation professionals working throughout Mid Coast Health, and to celebrate community members’ successes through rehabilitative care received in the Mid Coast system.

“Each of the 2014 recipients exemplifies the professional expertise of rehabilitation services across the continuum of care at Mid Coast Health Services,” said Jill Weybrant, Inpatient Rehabilitation Manager, in a prepared statement. “Each of the recipients is committed to providing an exceptional patient experience, and are recognized by their peers as team players.”

Three peer-nominated staff members from the rehabilitation care continuum were honored as “2014 Employee of the Year”:

— Susan Allen, Rehab Aide/CNA, Mid Coast Senior Health Center

— Catherine Jaquith, PT, MPH, Mid Coast Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation

— Jim Byrne, PT, DPT, CHANS Home Health Care

Also recognized at the event was “Patient of the Year,” an award given to an individual who has participated in continuum of care, and has demonstrated outstanding determination in facing his or her recovery. This year’s Patient of the Year award was given to Robert Frasch of Brunswick.

Mr. Frasch was admitted to Mid Coast Hospital in December 2013 with a stroke, leading to a long and complex recovery process. Over the course of his nine month recovery, Mr. Frasch received therapy services throughout Mid Coast Health Services: from acute care at Mid Coast Hospital, to rehabilitation at Bodwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at home with services by CHANS Home Health Care, and finally with Outpatient Rehabilitation therapy.

“Members of the therapy team praised Bob for his upbeat attitude and tenacity in the face of adversity,” stated Jim Marc-Aurele, Manager of Mid Coast Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation. “His positive demeanor, courage, and great personality made it a pleasure to support his recovery process.”

Despite battling challenges resulting from his stroke, Mr. Frasch continually set his goals higher and worked hard toward achieving these goals. An avid hunter prior to his stroke, Mr. Frasch was proud to be able to hold his hunting rifle using both hands recently. With the support of his wife and family, Mr. Frasch has made tremendous progress from the initial outset of symptoms.


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