HydroWorx Announces Winner of the 2016 Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award

Out of four exceptional finalists, the winner of the annual HydroWorx Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award has been chosen. And the honors go to...

Middletown, PA, February 24, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Every year, HydroWorx is proud to offer a Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award to recognize clinicians and their facilities that achieve exceptional rehab results using advanced aquatic therapy protocols. The purpose of the Award is to showcase those who are willing to break through perceived barriers to rehabilitation and redefine what is possible. To become eligible for the Award, clinicians and their teams can self-nominate or have someone else nominate them by telling their story of physical and aquatic therapy featuring unconventional, innovative methods.

Judging each of the nominees for 2016 were:

· Dr. Kevin Wilk, Associate Clinical Director, Champion Sports Medicine, Birmingham, AL;
· Dr. Dennis Dolny, Department Head, Health, Physical Education & Recreation in the College of Education & Human Services, Utah State University;
· Dr. Paul Hetrick, Inventor of the HydroWorx 2000 Series and Chairman of the Board, HydroWorx, Middletown, PA;
· Keith McCrate, Director of Rehabilitation, Presbyterian Village North, Dallas, TX;
· Last year’s winners, Ambyr Henderson, Speech and Language Pathologist and Timothy Williams, Physical Therapist, Summit Therapy and Health Services, Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman, WA;
· Veronica Paquette, Physical Therapist, Owner, Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center, Essex Junction, VT.

The first place winner of this Award receives $1,000 for their facility and a trophy commemorating their accomplishments, and the second place winner receives $500.

Four nominations were judged in 2016, and the winner was recently announced online. Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, NE, received the nod this year for their innovative treatment of a young patient suffering from the effects of Retts Syndrome. Leg Up Farm received the second place honors for their creativity using aquatics to help a five-and-a-half year old patient overcome his fear of the water while simultaneously building the strength he needed for less reliance on his wheelchair and assistive devices.

The team at Lexington Regional who were involved in the winning story were Errin Nelson, DPT, Maura Rabe, OT, Kiley Goff, SLP, and Leeann Smith, PTA. In 2014, they began treating a young girl who had been diagnosed with Retts Syndrome, a debilitating condition with no cure. The team at Lexington Regional had to create a safe environment in which she could securely overcome common symptoms of her condition such as anxiety, limited muscle control, amplified senses, loss of verbal skills, unnatural gait and difficulty balancing. In order to help her increase her self-dependence, as well as self-control, they began to implement unique water-based rehabilitation and exercises.

The young patient’s advanced hydrotherapy included soothing massages with the therapy pool resistance jets, kicking to cross the therapy pool, sitting and rolling on a flotation mat, playing with a beach ball, and jumping in shallow water. By 2015, speech therapists were brought in to work in tandem with the physical therapists in the pool, encouraging her to use words meaningfully, appropriately and purposefully. Today, she can sing on her own, can communicate well with others and function more independently.

Smith is thrilled to see her group recognized, and appreciates the respect they are all given at their organization. “Our entire rehab team is so supportive of our aquatics program,” she explains. “All the therapists can see the benefits of using the pool to improve a patient's therapy experience, and ultimately, their quality of life. It is so gratifying to see a person's reaction to the pool, decreasing their pain, allowing them to move with more freedom, or even just making their therapy fun."

HydroWorx applauds all of the nominees for their creativity and abilities. For more information about the winners and to read all of the inspirational stories, please visit this page.

About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills to enable rehabilitation professionals to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools, along with the new HydroWorx 300 system have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities such as OrthoCarolina, Cleveland Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Genesis Healthcare, Neuroworx, Clear Choice Healthcare, PruittHealth, Premier Rehab, Leg Up Farm and many other healthcare facilities across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 24,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx can be found at www.HydroWorx.com.
Nicole Biesecker