Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) Announces Continued Outreach To Haiti In 2011 And Beyond

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Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) announces their 2011 and Beyond Campaign, as part of their continuing outreach to Haiti. On behalf of their twelve clinics throughout Austin, San Antonio and Tyler, TexPTS has committed monetary donations to a physical therapy clinic in Jacmel, Haiti. These donations are being matched by PT Development, a sister company to TexPTS, and will result in almost a 35% increase in donations to the Jacmel clinic.

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James Grace, TexPTS Clinic Director, volunteered at the Jacmel clinic in 2010.

Since the earthquake we have made giant strides in helping Haitian patients...Companies like TexPTS are the ones that keep the Jacmel Clinic open for patients.

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) announces their 2011 and Beyond Campaign, as part of their continuing outreach to Haiti. On behalf of their twelve clinics throughout Austin, San Antonio and Tyler, TexPTS has committed monetary donations to a physical therapy clinic in Jacmel, Haiti. These donations are being matched by PT Development, a sister company to TexPTS, and will result in almost a 35% increase in donations to the Jacmel clinic.

In 2009 TexPTS began a program that provided tee-shirts to children in need of clothing in Haiti after four hurricanes impoverished the country. For every patient who completed their physical therapy treatment plan in the New Braunfels and Balcones Woods clinics, a tee-shirt was donated to Haiti. Patients were asked to sign the donated tee-shirts with words of encouragement for Haitians. Approximately 1,000 tee-shirts were donated with this initiative.

The devastating January 2010, earthquake in Haiti resulted in approximately 230,000 deaths and an estimated 300,000 injuries. Many countries and organizations rapidly responded with medical teams and service provisions related to care and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

TexPTS responded by sending physical therapists to Jacmel, Haiti, through PTHelpForHaiti.org. PTHelpForHaiti.org, a non-profit group dedicated to “Build Haiti Better”, has sent many volunteer physical and occupational therapists to Jacmel, Haiti, since the earthquake. This includes TexPTS’ owner, John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, FAAOMPT and TexPTS’ Westgate Clinic Director, James Grace, PT, DPT, CSCS.

“The people of Haiti will not be without the need for rehab services for quite some time. Word is spreading and people travel long distances in search for hope and relief from pain, weakness, and limited mobility,” recounts Grace. "I encourage more clinicians to be a part of this movement, and I count myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to help.”

The Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) operates the clinic in Jacmel with assistance from organizations such as TexPTS, PTHelpForHaiti.org, and PT Development. This clinic is staffed by a full-time American physical therapist, Haitian rehab technicians, transporters and interpreters, and volunteers from both the United States and Canada. Employing Haitian workers allows this clinic to contribute to sustainable solutions in this earthquake ravaged area. The Jacmel clinic does not charge for equipment or care and is 100% donor supported.

The Jacmel clinic sees an average of 25-40 patients per day and provides a full spectrum of physical therapy services. Donations to the Jacmel clinic include much needed shoes, medical supplies and equipment. The clinic recently moved from a tent, where it was housed for one year, to a facility that it shares with two primary care physicians. These physicians are part of a collaborative effort with CCH and PT Development that has been necessitated by the recent cholera epidemic.

“TexPTS’ 2011 and beyond donation pledge will allow the Jacmel Clinic to better handle current challenges,” states Larry Benz, PT, DPT, PT Development Owner, and large contributor to the Jacmel clinic operations. “Since the earthquake we have made giant strides in helping Haitian patients. We need continued monetary support to resupply durable medical equipment, continue to send volunteers to the clinic, and hire and pay both Haitian and expat staff. Companies like TexPTS are the ones that keep the Jacmel Clinic open for patients.”    

About Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS):
Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is a private physical therapy practice with locations throughout San Antonio, Austin, and Tyler. Known for teaching and training physical therapists all over the U.S., TexPTS physical therapists pride themselves in being spine experts. They deliver hands-on physical therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and work injuries. Along the way, the TexPTS family has fun and makes friends with their patients (and their pets, their kids, their in-laws, and neighbors….). Perhaps this is why they were voted the Best Private Physical Therapy Practice in the U.S. in 2009 by their peers in the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information visit TexPTS.com or find TexPTS on Facebook.com.

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