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Physical Therapy


The Physical Therapy Department at Gove County Medical Center will celebrate 25 years of providing services coming in 2020. The P.T. Department is committed to giving patients the best, personalized care possible. Our staff consists of highly qualified professionals from a variety of health care fields. These include physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and speech-language pathologists. This allows patients the opportunity to work with clinicians with specific knowledge and skills to best treat their individual injuries and disorders.

Physical Therapy: Specializes in strengthening, mobility, balance, endurance activities, pain management, and wound care. Treatment may begin before surgery to gain range of motion and strength and definitely post-surgery for range, strength, and pain management.



Gove County Medical Center Physical Therapy Department Overview



Occupational Therapy: Works effectively in regaining normal return to activities to help patients achieve independence in all facets of their lives. OT aids people in developing the "skills for the job of living." We added our own Occupational Therapist, Jessica Polzin, who is also contracting with Hoxie and Oakley to provide services.

Speech Therapy: Works to enhance communication via expression of ideas. Language is the means by which communication is achieved. Speech is also involved in helping patients work with the texture and thickness of food to help improve or prevent swallowing difficulties.

Therapy Pool: Our therapy pool offers our patients a quicker recovery with a faster start to therapy in the aquatic environment for post-surgical patients. The buoyancy of the pool will also provide a low impact workout. Aqua therapy is intended for initial use following surgery with progression to land-based therapy; however, multiple diagnoses do qualify for aquatic treatments.

Cancer Therapy: Our cancer therapy service began in mid-summer 2016. After sending two staff members to the Rocky Cancer Center in Colorado, we have been able to offer this service self-pay. Insurance is not yet covering this service, but there is work being done in congress to help with this service. However, due to charity fundraisers, this service is currently able to be offered free of charge to patients.

At the end of 2017, the legislation failed to come to an agreement on the federal budget. In that legislation, there was a therapy cap repeal that also failed to have anything done with it. Because of that, a HARD therapy cap is now in place until further legislation is completed. Right now, there is a combined $2040 dollar cap for physical AND speech therapy AND another $2040 for occupational therapy. That means that once you reach that limit for the year, all other therapy is out of pocket for the Medicare beneficiary. This completely gives our Medicare population a disadvantage to healthcare services and a disservice to the community. Many groups and hospitals are fighting this legislation right now, please contact Senator Jerry Moran and Senator Pat Roberts to repeal the therapy cap. Please contact Liz McDonald at 785-754-5167 for any questions.

The Therapy Department at GCMC is now contracting with Angel's Care Home Health for home health Physical and Occupational therapy. Angel's Care is based out of Wakeeney, Kansas.

List of Staff: Liz McDonald, Director of Therapy Services, Cardiac, and Cancer Rehab, Star Hooper, PTA, Abby Weber, PTA, Sondra Kitch, PT, Rebecca Baker, PT, Jessica Polzin, OTR, Kyle Cooksey, CPTA, Karla Rohleder, Secretary. Direct Access treatment was added in 2017. With this, patients are able to be seen in physical therapy without first seeing a physician. Dry Needling was added in August of 2019 which is a self-pay rate service. Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Becci Baker was certified in 2019 and is now able to offer this procedure.

Becci Baker also received certification for women's health to help with urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, bladder syndromes, low back pain during pregnancy, and other signs/symptoms. This treatment can consist of exercise, biofeedback, and manual therapy. For any questions, please contact the physical therapy department and ask for Becci or Liz.

Hours: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Monday - Friday
Phone Number: 785-754-5167.