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Bringing Outpatient Physical Therapy Closer to Home

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  • Written By: Hannah Peterson

Whether you have suffered an injury, are recovering from an illness, or recently had surgery, physical, occupational and speech therapy can be a powerful tool to help you regain your health. To make it easier for patients to access high-quality outpatient therapy services, Infirmary Health plans to expand its outpatient therapy clinics in Mobile and Baldwin counties, beginning in early 2021.

A Reputation for Excellence

“Infirmary Health is known for excellence in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. We’re committed to expanding that same high level of care in more outpatient therapy locations,” said Russell Porter, PT, Infirmary Health’s director of outpatient therapy services.

“We’re proud of the comprehensive outpatient therapy program we offer at ProHealth Fitness Center in Mobile, Thomas Fitness Center in Fairhope, and North Baldwin Fitness Center in Bay Minette. We understand it can be a challenge for patients in outlying areas to travel to and from these main locations for therapy. So, our focus is on making care more convenient by expanding the number of locations.”

The first Infirmary Health satellite therapy clinic will be located on Hillcrest Road, near Infirmary Health’s Diagnostic and Medical Clinic. Two additional clinics are planned for later in the year. These clinics will offer a full range of outpatient therapy services for adult patients with orthopedic, neuromuscular, and neurological disorders.

A Seamless Continuum of Care

“A primary benefit of the satellite clinics is continuity of care,” Porter said. “Infirmary Health’s electronic medical record allows patients who are treated in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to experience a seamless transition of care,” he said. “The patient’s records are accessible to all their providers at Infirmary Health, no matter the location. Everyone is on the same page.” On a patient’s first visit, their therapist performs an evaluation and learns about their needs and goals. Then, the therapist develops a personalized treatment plan. This may include treatments to improve movement and strength, as well as interventions to control swelling and pain. Typically, patients are also given exercises to do at home.

Learn More

For more information about Infirmary Health’s outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, please visit the therapy or call ProHealth (251) 435-5844, Thomas Fitness Center (251) 279-1640 or North Baldwin Fitness Center (251) 937-2823.

Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.