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Rotary of South-East Nassau Donates Rehabilitation Equipment to Public Hospitals Authority
By Bahamas Information Services
Sep 14, 2016 - 9:35:53 AM

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Pictured at the presentation of rehabilitation equipment, September 13, 2016, from left: Elsa Barrett – Senior Physiotherapist; Dr. Bridgette Rolle – Rotary Club South-East Nassau; Senator the Hon. Frank Smith – Chairman PHA; Hannah Gray – Deputy Managing Director PHA; and Millicent Rollins – Deputy Director Rehabilitation Services. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Chairman of Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Board of Directors, the Hon. Frank E. Smith said on Tuesday that the donation of ultrasound and electrotherapy equipment from Rotary Club of South-East Nassau to PHA’s Rehab Services was “timely.”

Mr. Smith pointed out that, like public health services across the country, the Rehabilitation Services Department faces demand from persons with physical injuries, but there is as an increasing number of patients requiring the intervention of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists among others, following debilitating medical complications of strokes and heart attacks.

“In this context of increased demand,” he said, “any development that enhances Rehabilitative Services makes a dramatic impact not only for the patients seeking care, but also for the amazing staff who deliver quality therapeutic interventions in a one-on-one case management basis.”

Hannah Gray, PHA deputy managing director, on behalf of Managing Director Herbert H. Brown, said: “Today, the Public Hospitals Authority is delighted to accept the generous donation of an Intelect Color Combo Electrotherapy and Ultrasound Therapy unit for use by the Rehabilitation Therapy Services Department – an act which will certainly positively impact the patients and staff of this important clinical area.

Rotary Club of South-East Nassau, she said acquired the equipment specifically for the benefit of patients undergoing physiotherapy through PHA’s Rehabilitation Services.

“The skilled therapists in our Rehabilitation Services work with patients with disabilities or injuries to achieve the highest level of function, independence, and quality of life possible by providing training and clinical therapy. They provide the support, encouragement and professional skills necessary to restore the individual to optimal health, function and well-being.”

Explaining the use of the equipment, Mrs. Gray noted, “ultrasound and electro therapies have been used to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength. I would like to assure the Rotary Club that this generous donation will help the outstanding staff of Rehabilitation Therapy Services to improve the health, and speed the recovery, of hundreds of patients each year.”

Chairman Smith in thanking the Rotary organization said that it should be noted that this was far from the first time the Rotary Club of South-East Nassau has made a positive difference in the lives of patients: Last December, he noted, the residents of the Robert Smith Ward at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre received gifts and a special Christmas luncheon from this Rotary club. “Indeed, I am advised that Literacy, Hunger and Health are long-standing priorities of the South-East Nassau Club and the Authority is both pleased and grateful that we continue to be an avenue of community involvement for you and good works.”

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