News Article | May 5, 2017
Key federal construction programs have won funding increases, though modest ones, in a newly enacted $1.2-trillion spending package. The legislation, which extends through Sept. 30—the end of fiscal year 2017—also has additional dollars for border security, but not for building President Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump signed the legislation on May 5, hours before an earlier stopgap measure was to expire. Final congressional approval of the omnibus spending bill came on May 4, when the Senate passed it on a 79-18 vote. The House had cleared the package one day earlier (Link to bill text, summaries of each title.) The House cleared the omnibus spending bill one day earlier by a 309-118 tally. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill's price tag at $1.2 trillion, counting emergency funding and other spending outside of regular appropriations for the Defense Dept. and other agencies. With the fiscal 2017 bill now wrapped up, attention is shifting to appropriations for 2018. Construction officials were unhappy with Trump’s March outline of his 2018 budget proposal, issued in March, because it reduced or zeroed-out funds for key infrastructure accounts. The figures in the 2017 measure are giving industry officials hope that Congress won't agree to Trump's proposed 2018 reductions. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the president is expected to send his detailed FY18 budget request to Congress in late May. For the construction industry, a highlight of the newly signed 2017 bill is that it restores federal highway and transit funding to the levels authorized in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act. The programs have been operating since last October under temporary spending measures whose funding was held to 2016 levels, which were lower than the FAST Act's 2017 numbers. The new package adds $905 million to the highway obligation ceiling, up about 2% from 2016. It also adds $753 million, a 9% hike, to transit formula grants and $236 million, an 11% gain, for transit capital investment grants, which fund new transit starts. Jim Tymon, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials chief operating officer, says of the legislation, "It fulfills the promise that Congress made with the passage of the FAST Act." Tymon says that the long delay in getting full FAST Act 2017 funds was becoming a major problem for state transportation departments. "The later in the year you go, the farther into the construction season you get," he says. "And not having that predictability of knowing whether or not you're going to get that additional money has been, I think, problematic for some state DOTs." Dave Bauer, American Road & Transportation Builders Association senior vice president for government relations, says, "While it's certainly not optimal to have the final numbers set seven months into the fiscal year, it is gratifying, from a certainty standpoint, that for the second year in a row, they have fully funded the FAST Act's highway authorization levels." Bauer says, "Nobody ever said the FAST Act was funding the highway and transit programs at amounts commensurate with the nation's needs. What most folks heralded were the policy and the fact that we've got a five-year bill." He adds, "It's important that they are delivering what they said they would do." Trump has proposed canceling 2018 funding for new transit starts that do not yet have full-funding agreements with the Dept. of Transportation. With that proposal as a backdrop, the American Public Transportation Association was pleased to see the new spending legislation give the transit capital grants account a sizable hike. Richard A. White, APTA acting president and CEO, said in a statement, "We see this provision as a barometer of strong bipartisan congressional support for the program." Trump also proposed zeroing-out DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants, but the new 2017 package continues TIGER at $500 million, the same as its 2016 level. For each of the TIGER program's grant rounds since 2009, it has attracted requests for far more money than DOT has had available. Bauer says, "I get [that Trump's] budget was for 2018 and this is a 2017 appropriations bill but, I mean, everybody who wrote those  bills knows exactly what he proposed for the  capital investment grants and the TIGER program." He adds, "I'm not going to predict how that'll play out, but I do think it signals that these are areas to watch as the [FY18] process goes this year." Among non-DOT programs, the bill freezes Environmental Protection Agency clean-water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) at their 2016 level of $1.4 billion and holds drinking-water SRFs at their 2016 mark of $863 million. The legislation also adds funding to support a $1-billion increase in federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans, up from $2 billion in an earlier stopgap. Trump's 2018 outline proposed slashing EPA’s overall budget by 31%, the largest percentage reduction among major agencies, but it didn’t specify what he would recommend for the SRFs. Adam Krantz, National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ CEO, said in a statement that, in light of Trump’s proposed big 2018 cut for EPA, “the near-level support for EPA through the second half of FY17 is a positive sign for clean water funding as legislators and water stakeholders move toward FY18 negotiations.” For rural water infrastructure, the measure increases Agriculture Dept. water and waste-disposal grants by 8%, to $392 million. It freezes water and waste-disposal loans at $1.25 billion. Trump proposed no funds in FY18 for the rural water grants. For Army Corps of Engineers civil-works activities, the bill provides just over $6 billion, a hike of $49 million, or about 1%, from 2016. Within that total, the bill increases the Corps construction account, also by about 1%, to $1.9 billion. The Corps civil-works operation and maintenance program received a $12-million increase, to $3.15 billion. Industry group Waterways Council Inc. noted that the 2017 number represents the fourth consecutive year of record funding for the “O&M” account. The Corps’ 2017 allocations also won praise from the American Association of Port Authorities. The Dept. of Energy’s environmental cleanup of former nuclear-weapons plants got a 3% hike, to $6.4 billion. The legislation also provides the Dept. of Homeland Security with $1.5 billion for border security and immigration enforcement, but no funding for constructing Trump’s wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Still, OMB’s Mulvaney told reporters on May 1, the administration will be able to use the legislation's $1.5 billion “on things like maintenance on the existing wall—infrastructure, roads, bridges, gates, technology, lighting—things that will have a material impact on border security this year.” Story updated on 5/5 with bill's signing and comments from AASHTO and ARTBA
News Article | May 16, 2017
Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy Announces the Introduction of the LightForce PRO Deep Tissue Therapy Laser Visalia, CA– May 2017 – Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy is proud to provide the highest level of pain relief with the LightForce PRO Deep Tissue Therapy Laser. Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free option for individuals suffering from both acute and chronic pain. Treatments are fast, safe, and painless. Most patients see results in 3 to 5 treatment sessions and the treatments have a therapeutic effect continuing for up to 18 hours after the treatment. Laser Therapy is clinically proven to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many common musculoskeletal conditions, such as sports rehab, neck shoulder and lower back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. Laser Therapy is endorsed by professional clinical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP:) and over 3,000 research studies have been conducted in the field. The LightForce PRO Deep Tissue Therapy Laser by LiteCure : Medical is FDA cleared and represents a great advance in medical technology. Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy is proud to provide another effective treatment option to patients with this latest proven technology. Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy is a Visalia based practice with an additional office in Hanford, specializing in pain relief, cold laser, aquatic therapy, hypertension care, pediatrics, diabetic ergonomics and obesity. Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy aims to get their patients out of pain by properly diagnosing and treating spine rehabilitation, diabetic neuropathy, work injuries, lymphedema and fibromyalgia utilizing the most current medical technology. A primary focus is eliminating or reducing the need for surgery or drugs. Call today to find out how Bacci & Glinn Physical Therapy can help improve overall quality of life by reducing the pain and inflammation associated with painful musculoskeletal condition. For more information, please visit http://www.bandgpt.com
News Article | May 23, 2017
On average, patients who received physical therapy first witnessed a 19 percent reduction in Medicare outlays versus those who initially received injections; and approximately 75 percent less than those who received surgery first. In addition, patients who opted for physical therapy within 15 days of being diagnosed, saw 27 percent lower average costs due to fewer required follow-on health care services such as injections and surgeries, according to the study. The findings further revealed that in the year following the diagnosis, the difference in average spending showed physical therapy first patients saved 18 percent more than those who received injections, and 54 percent more compared to patients who underwent surgeries. "More than 80 percent of the U.S. adult population experiences low back pain," said Troy Bage, Executive Director of APTQI. "This research speaks loudly to the potentially significant cost savings and improved functional outcomes that early physical therapy can provide if implemented with the first 45 days after diagnosis. Getting patients back into a productive daily routine at a lower cost is a win-win." An executive brief as well as the full analysis with additional references can be found at the APTQI website. The study was based on a comprehensive accounting of Medicare Parts A and B program spending for a population of patients based on the initial treatments received following low back pain diagnosis. It used nationally representative Medicare claims datasets across multiple service sites, tabulations of total Medicare A/B spending on average for groups of patients with a low back pain diagnosis who received physical therapy or injections or surgeries first. About The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) is a trade association representing the legislative and regulatory interests of small, medium and large physical therapy practices seeking healthcare policy information to better support the future of physical therapy services. Our goal is to establish physical therapy as the treatment of choice and the best value for patients and payers. APTQI works collaboratively with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and other leading professional groups to advocate for transparency and collaboration across the continuum of care. For more information, visit www.aptqi.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/study-reveals-early-physical-therapy-treatment-of-lower-back-pain-reduces-medicare-outlays-300461555.html
News Article | February 28, 2017
The first recorded evidence of manual therapy was the writings of Hippocrates (460-335 B.C.), Greek physician known as the “father of medicine”. Hippocrates described manipulating a “Gibbus” or prominent vertebrae back into place by using his hand, foot, or body weight. In the 18th and 19th centuries bone setting was common practice in Great Brittan, a skill passed on from one family member to another. Bone setters had no medical training and believed they were putting little bones back into place. Per Hendrik Ling was a Swedish physiologist who in 1813 founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics and taught corrective exercise and different forms of manipulation and massage. Practitioners came from all over the world to learn his techniques including Mary McMillan, the first president of the American Physical Therapy Association. Since its inception, manual therapy has been an integral part of the physical therapy profession. Manual Therapy is a “hands on” approach used to evaluate and treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, nerves, and joints that have become restricted in mobility as a result of acute injury, repetitive overuse, or poor posture. Techniques include but are not limited to manipulation, mobilization, and different forms of massage. Manipulation and mobilization are skilled passive movements to joints or related soft tissues at varying speeds and amplitudes including a high velocity low amplitude thrust. An audible pop is often heard when a thrust manipulation is performed. The quick separation of the joint surfaces stretches the joint capsule, relaxes tight muscles, and improves joint mobility. Mobilization uses graded oscillatory movements or sustained stretches to produce similar effects. Oscillatory movements have a calming effect on the body and help to reduce pain. Massage involves rubbing and kneading of soft tissue of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to promote relaxation, improve tissue mobility, and stimulate healing. Other soft tissue techniques similar to massage include myofascial release, tool assisted soft tissue mobilization, and muscle energy. Physical therapists use manual therapy techniques to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, neck and back pain, tension headaches, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and plantar fasciitis. The goal of manual therapy is to restore mobility of joints, soft tissues, and nerves to reduce pain and improve function. “When used in combination with exercise and education, manual therapy is a powerful tool” said Michael Costello, a manual physical therapist in Ithaca, NY. Manual therapy is typically followed by exercise that activates muscles and reinforces correct movement patterns. Dr. John Winslow a member of the NYPTA, states that “the efficacy of manual therapy has been studied extensively, particularly for the treatment of neck and back pain. Neck and back pain are common maladies that effects millions of Americans and are a common reason for a visit to a primary care doctor.” Clinical prediction rules (CPR’s) have been developed by physical therapists, through vigorous research, to help guide decision making as to whether a patient will benefit from manual therapy. Not every patient with a musculoskeletal condition will benefit from manual therapy and may require other physical therapy interventions. Physical therapists are trained in manual therapy techniques as part of their Doctoral education. Many also go on for post-doctoral training and specialization. If you have a musculoskeletal condition that is limiting your ability to enjoy daily life, consult a physical therapist and see if manual therapy is right for you. About the NYPTA The NYPTA (http://www.nypta.org) has the proud heritage as the genesis of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in New York City in 1921. The NYPTA is currently the second largest chapter of the APTA, with over 6,000 members who are physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students. The mission of the NYPTA is to empower and support its members in advancing the practice and profession of physical therapy through advocacy, education and research.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Aretech, LLC, an advanced rehabilitation technology leader, announced the release of Version 3 of the ZeroG Gait and Balance System at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting (APTA-CSM) in San Antonio, TX. The new ZeroG is the most sophisticated robotic body-weight support system in the world. The system has been redesigned with more features, more versatility, and even higher performance. With the WaveLink WiFi Guardian, ZeroG becomes the first and only completely wireless system in its class not dependent solely on Wi-Fi connectivity. “The new ZeroG truly encompasses over a decade of experience working hand in hand with physical therapists around the world to deliver the most advanced rehabilitation technology for treating gait and balance disorders,” said Joe Hidler, CEO of Aretech and inventor of the ZeroG Gait and Balance System. “Our commitment to patient safety is reflected in numerous new safety features, including the WaveLink communication protocol. This provides therapists an alternate method of controlling ZeroG independent of a Wi-Fi signal.” Dr. Hidler also believes the new features of ZeroG will help deliver a premium rehabilitation experience. “One of the new features we are most excited about is the new dynamic fall recovery with ActiveAssist, which intelligently adapts the dynamic body-weight support after a fall to aid those patients who may need assistance regaining control.” At APTA-CSM, therapists had the opportunity to try the new ZeroG. “Therapists really appreciated our new fall cushioning technology. This softens the impact for the patient when ZeroG catches a fall, making for a much more comfortable experience,” said Don Gronachan, Aretech’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The Most Sophisticated ZeroG Ever Originally launched in 2008, ZeroG gives therapists the opportunity to safely treat a broad range of patient populations with dynamic body-weight support in functional activities such as overground walking, sit-to-stand, getting off the floor and stairs. Building upon innovations pioneered by Aretech, ZeroG Version 3 represents the biggest redesign in years. The system now has the capacity to support up to a 450-pound patient. Because ZeroG may be used to raise a patient to standing, one therapist can train heavy patients without the risk of falling. The dynamic body-weight support of ZeroG is the fastest and most precise available, accurately tracking vertical movements at over 26 inches per second, which is twice as fast as similar systems on the market. This provides patients a stable environment with constant body-weight support even when getting to standing from a chair or the floor. Using ZeroG Kinetics, therapists can choose from various balance training programs using real-time biofeedback to treat their patients in anticipatory balance activities. And for those who have two ZeroG robotic trolleys on the same track, ZeroG has the new Stealth Detection feature, which acts as invisible bumpers to propel the second robot out of the way when not in use for a truly infinite track. “Aretech is proud to continue to advance the field of rehabilitation forward with innovative, first-to-market features which have never been seen before,” said Hidler. “We’ve been able to take our experience and create the most sophisticated rehabilitation system on the market that gives therapists and patients the best opportunity to improve outcomes.” About Aretech Aretech (http://www.aretechllc.com), headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, is a world leader in developing advanced rehabilitation technologies for improving function and independence. The company has a strong commitment to quality, innovation, and developing technology based on evidence-based research.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Peter Gertler, AICP, rejoined HNTB Corporation as a senior vice president in a corporate and national strategic business development role. He is a nationally recognized rail and transit expert who brings three decades of infrastructure leadership to the firm’s clients across the country. He is based in Oakland, California. Gertler previously worked at HNTB from 2004 to 2014 as rail and transit market service leader and principal project manager. During that time, he served as national thought leader and subject matter expert on high-speed and intercity passenger rail, as well as serving in leadership roles for projects with a total construction value of over $100 billion. “Peter is a transportation and infrastructure expert with extensive global experience leading transportation and infrastructure businesses, projects and programs,” said Doug Mann, HNTB corporate development president. “Our clients truly value Peter’s proven ability to assist them in solving their most challenging issues. He brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and executive leadership that is rare in our industry.” “We are pleased to welcome Peter back to HNTB,” said Darlene Gee, HNTB Northern California district leader and vice president. “He is widely known throughout the industry and our region as a proven leader, innovator, strategist and trusted adviser.” Prior to re-joining HNTB, Gertler managed global business and strategic development for a technology firm, providing business and technology transformation advisory services to public infrastructure owners, including national governments, and state and local transportation agencies. In this capacity, he served as an industry expert on public transport and led major programs and projects in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Gertler has written or been quoted in numerous print media outlets, including The New York Times; The Bond Buyer; Engineering News-Record; and Bloomberg News. He has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including Fox Business TV; National Public Radio; “All Things Considered”; and Bloomberg Business Radio. From 2009 to 2012, Gertler authored several articles on the state of high-speed rail in the U.S. for Progressive Railroading. He was awarded the 2010 Civil Engineering News “Power List,” which distinguishes 15 of the most eminent professionals in civil engineering. He holds a Master of Science in transportation engineering and a Master of Arts in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkley. Gertler is active in multiple industry and community organizations, including: California Association for High Speed Trains (board member); American Public Transportation Association (board of directors); Jack London Improvement District (board member), APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee (immediate past chair); Transportation Research Board (member); American Institute of Certified Planners (member); Running for a Better Oakland (board chair). HNTB is currently involved with many of the nation’s most high-profile transit programs, including Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, California High Speed Rail, Northeast Corridor, Bay Area Rapid Transit System in San Francisco and Sound Transit in Seattle. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer are at risk for many conditions and problems directly related to surgery, treatment, therapy and management. Regular exercise in proper environments has been shown to benefit these patients, enabling them to enjoy better qualities of life despite their diseases. On February 23, 2017, 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.S.T., a dynamic HydroWorx webinar led by presenter Elizabeth McDonald, Director of Therapy Services at Kansas-based Gove County Medical Center, will highlight the value an advanced therapy pool with underwater treadmill pool can bring to those undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment. From a scientific perspective, many studies have shown a direct correlation between cancer patient improvement and regular exercise: McDonald’s webinar, Aquatic Applications for Cancer Rehabilitation, will focus on the many reasons more oncologists and general physicians are pushing patients to get involved in exercise programs. Not only do they recognize that exercise programs encourage stamina but they know they positively affect the way the heart and lungs react to cancer medications and treatments. Because the majority of cancer patients are limited in how much impact they can withstand during exercise and physical therapy, an aquatic therapy environment can provide a more acceptable modality to those who cannot perform traditional land-based therapy during cancer rehabilitation. Aquatic Applications for Cancer Rehabilitation participants will be introduced to a wide range of topics during the event, including: Attendance is free, but pre-registration. is required to join the live discussion. At the end of the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask McDonald questions related to the educational content. As a CPTA for 21 years, Elizabeth McDonald has been the director of Gove county Medical Center’s therapy program for 15 years. She is a member of AACVPR and MOKSAACVPR, and is actively involved in the APTA’s Aquatic Section. She received her degrees from Colby Community College and Pima Medical Institute – Tucson. In addition to those degrees, she holds certifications in BLS and ACLS, and is a Falling Less in Kansas trainer. 1 Michaels, Carol. "The importance of exercise in lung cancer treatment." Translational Lung Cancer Research 5.3 (2016): 235. 2 Evey, Jessica. "Point in Time: The Fitsteps for Life Exercise Program Improves Quality of Life of Persons with Cancer." 2014 Annual Conference. Nchc, 2014. 3 Scherer, R. W., et al. "CNCF podcast: exercise interventions on health-related quality of life for patients with cancer during active treatment." International journal of nursing practice 20 (2014): 687-688. 4 Mishra, Shiraz I., et al. "Are exercise programs effective for improving health-related quality of life among cancer survivors? A systematic review and meta-analysis." Oncology nursing forum. Vol. 41. No. 6. NIH Public Access, 2014. 5 Irene Cantarero-villanueva. "The Effectiveness of a Deep Water Aquatic Exercise Program in Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation." Archives-pmr.org, 26 Sept. 2012, http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(12)00928-8/abstract?cc=y=. Accessed 15 Feb. 2017. 6 Fernández-Lao, Carolina, et al. "Water versus land-based multimodal exercise program effects on body composition in breast cancer survivors: a controlled clinical trial." Supportive Care in Cancer 21.2 (2013): 521-530. Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy products 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 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 30,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions. More information about HydroWorx can be found at http://www.HydroWorx.com.
News Article | February 20, 2017
Overland Park Physical Therapist & Orthopedic Surgeon Talk ACL Reconstruction and Rehab at Combined Sections of the APTA
News Article | February 28, 2017
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA, a member of MedRisk’s International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), has been elected vice president of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). ISAB is an elite panel of world-renowned specialists in physical medicine, diagnostic imaging and workers’ compensation who oversee all clinical aspects of MedRisk’s medical management programs. Dr. Michener is the director of clinical outcomes and research in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She also oversees USC’s Clinical Biomechanics and Orthopedics Outcomes Research program, known as COOR, and is a professor in its Physical Therapy department. Her expertise is in musculoskeletal shoulder pain biomechanics, shoulder and cervical pain diagnosis and treatment, shoulder and cervical disorder clinical trial research, and the use of patient-rated outcomes measurement tools to assess health-related quality of life. Dr. Michener has served on several professional panels for such healthcare organizations as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as well as APTA and ISAB. MedRisk is the leader in physical rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging solutions for the workers’ compensation industry. Founded in 1994 and based in King of Prussia, Pa., MedRisk is accredited under URAC for utilization management and has successfully completed a SSAE 16 Type II examination. MedRisk’s programs deliver savings and operational efficiencies that are significantly greater than traditional programs. Customers include insurance carriers, self-insured employers, third-party administrators, state funds, and case management companies. To make a referral or obtain more information, visit www.medrisknet.com or call 800-225-9675.
News Article | February 15, 2017
In business, the importance of getting departmental and corporate buy-in for new initiatives is a hot topic. More than a buzzword, teamwork has been consistently linked with better, more cost-effective and higher-revenue producing programs. This holds true across all verticals, including those of interest to aquatic therapy practitioners and their colleagues. For Brian Howells, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Kansas-headquartered Via Christi Health, the concept of amassing a passionate team has been critical to the success of his organization’s aquatic therapy program. From gaining support to create a successful aquatic therapy program to working hand-in-hand with marketing personnel, Howells credits cohesive team collaboration as the cornerstone to effectively building a stellar aquatics reputation. Howells is sharing his experiences in an upcoming webinar entitled “Creating a Successful Aquatic Therapy Program Through Teamwork.” This live HydroWorx-hosted event will be held on February 2, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.S.T. Ideal for audience members who are considering starting an aquatics program or are already in the midst of developing a hydrotherapy arm at their facilities, the webinar is free to attend with prior registration. During the presentation, Howells will share the strategies that have led to Via Christi Health’s robust aquatic therapy program. Four essential topics will be discussed as part of the event: 1. How Howells and his team worked with his organization’s administrators to get approval for high-end aquatics equipment funding. 2. How staff built a unique aquatic therapy program through collective efforts and their past expertise. 3. How marketing colleagues at Via Christi were utilized early in the process, and how they have continued to drive exposure and referrals. 4. How Howells and his team have developed mutually beneficial relationships with key players, including referrers and patients. At the conclusion of the webinar, Howells will answer questions from attendees interested in diving deeper into this topic. Registration for "Creating a Successful Aquatic Therapy Program Through Teamwork" can be made by going to the HydroWorx website. Brian Howells brings more than 15 years’ experience to his presentation. Since 2005, he has served at Via Christi in Kansas, and was made Director of the Rehabilitation Services Department in 2012. He regularly oversees the physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehab and speech language pathology across four Via Christi locations. An APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, Howells holds a Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy. 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 30,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions. More information about HydroWorx can be found at http://www.HydroWorx.com.