Our first Shining Star this issue is Wade Wacker, PTA. Wade works at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, Minnesota.
The DOR is on maternity leave and Wade, along with the OTA, have kept the therapy department running well. Wade, in particular, has a joyful, candid, and very humorous spirit that encourages and motivates patients. His “antics” actually progresses patients and helps them achieve their mobility goals. I’ve never seen anything like it. He is a best asset for St. Otto’s in helping patients achieve their goals.
He emulates the mission and vision through his passion for the quality of people’s lives, and employing camaraderie and fun that is woven throughout his delivery of his therapy. He cares deeply for each and every patient and for them to achieve their goals.
Our second Shining Star this issue is Tim Hunter, COTA. Tim works at Shasta View Nursing Center in Weed, California.
This therapist is particularly skilled at: assessing and fitting the patients to appropriate seating systems. Tim is always looking to improve a patient’s ability to engage in their environment by ensuring they have the best chair, cushion, and leg rests to provide optimal positioning.
I have seen this therapist “go the extra mile” by: ensuring that patients have the equipment they need to work out at their highest capacity. Tim goes out of his way when needed to complete home evaluations to facilitate discharge planning so the patient can be successful.
This therapist expresses and emulates the Infinity Rehab mission and vision in the following manner: through his dedication and commitment to his team. Tim is always willing to help out another therapist whether it is with a transfer or functional task or problem solving a complex discharge plan.