Mt. Ascutney Hospital to Hold Online Rehabilitation Reunion Starting September 16

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WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced that it will hold a virtual Rehabilitation Reunion at, starting September 16. The Hospital’s annual event brings together former patients and caregivers of the Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center to reconnect and share their stories of success.

Starting on September 16, former and current patients are invited to visit the Hospital’s web page to see a video created just for them. The Hospital recognizes that current and former patients look forward to the annual in-person event. MAHHC wanted to find a way to mark National Rehabilitation Week and to be sure its patients know they are remembered, even though the in-person outdoor event is cancelled for this year. Instead, patients will hear from staff and patients on the video. They will also be able to join a dedicated online group that will be open through the end of September to let them engage with Hospital staff and share their stories.

According to Belinda Needham-Shropshire, Director of Rehabilitation Services, “the Rehabilitation Reunion is a highlight of the year for all of us. The people we work with mean the world to us, and it’s a delight to see them every year, living their lives.” She adds, “We also know that reconnecting with us is an important part of their journey, because physical and emotional healing keeps happening long after people leave us. Caregivers and patients do intense work together, and you don’t forget the people who have been through that with you. While safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic mean we can’t meet face to face as a group this year, we’re making every effort to maintain these important connections, until we can celebrate again as a group next year.” She points out that instead of a single afternoon get-together, this year’s reunion is happening over a period of weeks, from September 16 to September 30, letting former and current patients engage at their own convenience.

The Rehabilitation Center is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 25,000 locations worldwide. CARF bestows accreditation on rehabilitation programs that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality improvement, a focus on patients, and continual monitoring of results.

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 9:00am