Mercy volunteers purchase equipment for rehab patients

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
This month, the Mercy Hospital Cassville Auxiliary finalized the purchase of a SCIFIT PRO2® exercise bike for $4,845. It will be placed in the hospital’s fitness area, for physical, occupational and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients. The total body rehabilitation equipment includes both an upper body exerciser and lower body recumbent bike. It also features wheelchair ramps, support boots, and seating that’s compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To learn more, visit: http://www.scifit.com/product/fi-pro2/. Chris Hoge, manager of therapy services at Mercy, calls the equipment “a tremendous upgrade.” Pictured in photo are Mercy Hospital Cassville Auxiliary members. In front row, from left, are: Trudy Nickle and Corinne Terry. Back row: Clara Elliott, Lorraine Barkhoff, Mary Lou Adams and Darlene Gilje. Contributed photo

Nearly $5k will go toward new exercise bike

It takes a community to serve a community. Thanks to volunteers at Mercy Hospital Cassville, patients undergoing a variety of rehab have another boost to get them back on their feet.

Earlier this month, the Mercy Hospital Cassville Auxiliary finalized the purchase of a SCIFIT PRO2® exercise bike for $4,845. It will be placed in the hospital’s fitness area, for physical, occupational and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients. 

“This is a tremendous upgrade,” said Chris Hoge, manager of therapy services at Mercy. “Our volunteers do so much for this hospital, and this allows us to continue to serve our patients efficiently, and also foster the ministry we’ve been called to serve.”

The total body rehabilitation equipment includes both an upper body exerciser and lower body recumbent bike. It also features wheelchair ramps, support boots, and seating that’s compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To learn more, visit: http://www.scifit.com/product/fi-pro2/.

“We try to fund projects that have the greatest impact on our patients,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation. “Our rehab area is one of the busiest areas of our hospital, day in and day out. This new piece of equipment will be a wonderful addition for our patients.”

Mercy Therapy Services Cassville includes a team of skilled professionals who guide patients toward independence and wellness with therapies that restore function and relieve pain. Services include:

• Post-surgical rehabilitation for orthopedics and sports-related injuries

• Rehabilitation following spinal surgery

• Rehabilitation following stroke and other neurological disorders

• Treatment of balance disorders

• Hand therapy

• Treatment of swallowing disorders

• Therapy for speech, language and developmental issues

• Treatment of chronic musculoskeletal issues

Mercy Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Cassville includes registered nurses and exercise professionals offering:

• Cardiac rehabilitation

• Pulmonary rehabilitation

• Stress testing