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Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: The mission of sheltering arms hospital is to provide comprehensive physical rehabilitation of the highest caliber with compassion and respect, to enhance the quality of life to those persons experiencing disabilities, and to offer financial assistance to those in need.

Programs: Inpatient physical rehabilitation servicessheltering arms hospital operates a 40 bed acute physical rehabilitation inpatient hospital in mechanicsville, virginia. The primary service area is central virginia although patients are admitted from virginia and surrounding states. During fiscal year 2017, 884 patients were admitted resulting in 13,359 patient days. Outpatient physical rehabilitation servicessheltering arms hospital provides outpatient physical rehabilitation services at the hospital campus and nine additional locations in the richmond area. The outpatient continuum of services included orthopedic rehabilitation services, neurological rehabilitation services, physicians and psychology rehabilitation services and outpatient rehabilitation therapies. During fiscal year 2017, sheltering arms hospital provided outpatient therapy resulting in 87,366 therapy visits. For fiscal year 2017 physician and psychology services resulted in 42,927 patient visits.

charity care and community support:sheltering arms hospital accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay and provides financial assistance for medical bills to qualified patients lacking adequate financial resources. Financial assistance is also offered for the partners for l. I. F. E. Program. During fiscal year 2017, charity care and/or financial assistance resulted in total discounted charges foregone by sheltering arms hospital of $1,172,015. In fiscal year 2017, sheltering arms hospital also transported patients participating in patient therapy at an unreimbursed cost of $4,164. Sheltering arms hospital also provided free mobility and therapy equipment and pharmacy assistance to those patients who qualified, for use during their recovery at home. The cost of providing this assistance was $21,208. In addition, sheltering arms hospital contributed $173,300 to support other community organizations and events.

the benefits of physical and recreational activity participation highlight a need for individuals with physical disabilities, the aging population, and individuals managing chronic conditions to access services that can positively impact quality of life and physical activity level. Sheltering arms is dedicated to helping people find within themselves the power to overcome serious setbacks following illness, injury, or accident through internationally recognized physical rehabilitation programs. The sheltering arms commitment does not end when therapy or physician services are complete. Sheltering arms provides a comprehensive portfolio of unique, community-based recreation and health and wellness services to meet the needs of the community. These services make up the partner for l. I. F. E. Program (leisure, interaction, fitness, and enjoyment), empowering individuals to embrace a lifetime of recreation and wellness. Our unique programming provides an opportunity for people to re-engage in activities they once enjoyed and maintain an active social and physical lifestyle despite their limitations. The services provided are open to the public and the majority of the services do not require a physician referral. Services offered include group recreation and social events, adaptive golf program, adaptive bowling league, accessible travel program, therapeutic pool and fitness center memberships, personal training services, group exercise classes, educational seminars, chronic disease self-management classes, diabetes self-management classes, powerex, neurofit, and our club rec program. Club rec is a non- medically based social, recreation program providing opportunities for fitness, wellness, socialization, and community reintegration for members up to five days per week. Certified therapeutic recreation and fitness specialists organize daily programs, community outings, group and individual exercise sessions, social programs, cognitive activities, adaptive leisure activities, educational programs, and an array of weekly recreation programs. Club rec focuses on enhancing quality of life for those recovering from injury or illness. Members enrolled in club rec have opportunities to utilize the on -site fitness center, participate in spirituality group , the computer lab, weekly trips to our therapeutic pool, intergenerational programs, community service opportunities, as well as community outings. In fy 2017 the club rec program enrolled 7,556 visits from individuals with disabilities. Partner for l. I. F. E. Special event programs (including adaptive golf & adaptive bowling league) provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in organized recreation activities with the support of recreational therapists, and necessary adaptive recreation equipment, to ensure successful participation regardless of their physical limitations. In fiscal year 2017 there were 21 events totaling 567 participants. Chronic disease self-management and diabetes self management classes were offered free to the community through partnership with local senior and health care agencies. The goal of the program is for participants to learn strategies to implement healthy lifestyle changes to successfully manage their chronic condition. In addition to recreation events, partner for life services believe in the necessity of maintaining physical activity to continue an active lifestyle, maintain progress achieved in skilled therapy, as well as prevent future injury or illness. We have a warm water therapeutic pool and fitness center offering pool and fitness memberships, aquatic and land group exercise classes, and personal training services to the community. Our warm water therapeutic pool provides a ramp for wheelchair entry into the water, submerged parallel bars, and lap lane swimming for those who find less pain and increased range of motion in a warm water environment. Pool and fitness memberships provide a transition plan for patients being discharged from inpatient hospital and outpatient therapy clinics the opportunity to continue to engage in physical activity. Fitness specialists provide fitness members with personalized attention, as well as personal training services for those who are interested in individualized goal setting and exercise programs designed to meet their needs. During fiscal year 2017 there were 30,142 community membership visits to the pools and fitness centers. Sheltering arms lead group exercise classes and wellness education classes totaling 5,770 class participants. Fitness specialists conducted 4,038 personal training visits and 2,145 neurofit personal training visits. On our hanover and south hospital campus the fitness specialists utilize advanced technologies to provide unique personal training services for the neurologically impaired in our neurofit program. The goal is to ensure lifelong physical activity after a catastrophic injury or illness. Fitness specialists at our bon air and reynolds location provide personal training services to those transitioning from outpatient therapy services, while also providing personal training service to the community for prevention and wellness. Our parkinson's wellness recovery bi-weekly group exercise class at bon air has seen significant growth in class participants. Sheltering arms fitness centers have seen significant growth in silver sneaker members. This community program provides financial fitness membership support for those with a silver sneaker wellness option through their private insurance company. Specific silver sneaker group exercise classes are offered at our bon air location weekly. In 2017 the partner for life department continued to provide community outreach presentation to local amputee and multiple sclerosis support groups sharing information on strategies to stay engaged in physical, social and recreation activities while managing chronic health conditions. This year a seated therapeutic yoga seminar was organized in conjunction with the christopher reeves foundation. All community participants received a seated therapeutic yoga dvd for their personal use, and a biweekly seated yoga class was implemented in the club rec program. A community health fair was organized at the bon air facility featuring local health and wellness agencies providing community resources, health screenings, and educational sessions related to nutrition and safety for seniors. A wellness and education program on living a healthy and active lifestyle with a spinal cord injury was held at our hanover facility. Information was shared on exercise progression, above ground walking, nutritional needs, and social and recreation opportunities. This was a collaborative educational event in conjunction with sportable and united spinal association. A respite weekend camping trip was organized providing a weekend of diverse recreation and social opportunities at a virginia state park. This program serves not only the campers who participated, but also provided much needed respite for caregivers. As we continue to face the transition of health care in our community the focus of health, wellness, and prevention continue to emerge as a critical component in life long care. Sheltering arms partner for life services provide a unique niche for individuals with physical disabilities, as well as the community, to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. In 2017 the fitness, recreation, and wellness programs recorded 50,218 visits impacting quality of life.

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