Hometown care at its finest

While the program has been successful, the outpatient staff looks forward to some gradual growth.

Future plans include an expansion into a larger facility, the addition of equipment, a larger staff and evening hours for the convenience of patients.

"We want to be able to offer more than we have," Savarie commented. "But necessity is the mother of invention and we have found unique ways to help people heal."

By expanding, the staff hopes to increase the quality of care for its diverse group of current and future patients.

"Our impression is that our services are not very well known in the surrounding communities," Savarie said. "We will have someone come in from Bakers Mills for instance and tell us that they had no idea we offered outpatient physical therapy.

"I think people just assume that they have to go to Glens Falls for these services," she continued. "We're right here next door, and we don't want people to think that they have to travel all that way for health care."

The typical patient will initially visit a physical therapist two or three times a week, which adds considerable travel expense to their overall cost of care.

Beyond the convenience of a local facility, the group also focuses on patient care as their primary motivator.

"It's a real home town feel here," Savarie said. "Very often we know the person coming in or we know someone in common. There's a family feel or camaraderie because we know the person we are treating or they know you."

With that in mind, Savarie also gains satisfaction from directly seeing their impact on the community.

"This can be a very satisfying role," she concluded. "We get to watch people walk out and thank us for helping them to feel better.

"We don't feel we are responsible for healing people but we do believe in helping to facilitate wellness," Savarie added.

For more information, contact ATCNRC at 251-2447. They are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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