Friday, March 19, 2010

Helping patients across the MGH

GIVING BACK: From left, Michael Sullivan, PT, DPT, MBA, of the Department of Physical Therapy; Kevin Hughes, MD, of Surgical Oncology; Constance Roche, NP, of Surgical Oncology; Nippins; Zommer and Jampel

ALTHOUGH NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH took place in October, the benefits of the celebratory month continue. Recently, members of the MGH Department of Physical Therapy presented a $3,000 check – funds raised during October – to representatives of the Avon-MGH Breast Care Program. The donation will be used to purchase lymphedema compression garments for breast cancer patients who cannot afford them.

"Each year for more than 10 years, the Department of Physical Therapy selects a hospital program to support during Physical Therapy Month," says Ann Jampel, PT, MS, clinical education coordinator. "The overall philosophy of our department is very patient-centered, so we strive to support our patients at the MGH in a variety of ways – from hosting a blood drive to donating the spare change out of our pockets to holding a golf putting challenge in the physical therapy gym."

This past year, Matthew Nippins, PT, DPT, CCS, and Heidi Zommer, PT, MSPT, served as co-chairs of the department's fundraising committee. The group hosted several raffles throughout the month for the chance to win numerous prizes, including tickets to Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins games.

Learn more about the MGH Department of Physical Therapy.