Since opening in 2010, the clinic has provided free physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to over 25,000 Haitians, and is now operated by a full-time Haitian staff.
Louisville, KY (PRWEB) September 04, 2014
PT Development (PTD), a Louisville-based private equity company, was named a 2014 “Partner in Philanthropy” by Business First of Louisville, placing fifth in the Small Company division and marking the second year they’ve received the award. The recognition comes in response to the company’s work in Jacmel, Haiti, where they founded a therapy clinic after a 2010 earthquake devastated the country.
The Jacmel rehab clinic was founded as a way to help the innumerable Haitian citizens who suffered serious injuries in the earthquake. Since opening in 2010, the clinic has provided free physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to over 25,000 Haitians, and is now operated by a full-time Haitian staff. To support these staff members, many US physical therapy clinics generously contribute funds and a steady stream of volunteers. The recent implementation of telemedicine, which allows for real-time case reviews to be completed via electronic communication, has also been a tremendous addition to the clinic.
“After the earthquake in 2010, my first instinct was to look for a way to make a direct impact on recovery efforts in Haiti while utilizing PT Development’s physical and occupational therapy connections,” states Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, President and CEO of PT Development, and founder of the Jacmel rehab clinic. “Four years later, I’ve traveled to Haiti a number of times since the clinic opened and have been able to see firsthand the void that the clinic has filled. We look forward to continued years of service in Haiti as we work to rebuild and better the country.”
PTD’s work in Haiti only continues to grow. Through a partnership with the Neighborhood Engagement Foundation and support from the PT Development family of clinics, the company has sustained the Jacmel clinic as well as expanded PT Development’s philanthropic interest in Haiti to include Kembe Fem, a children’s home that provides housing and care for 22 Haitian children. The company hopes that their continued dedication to the country allows them to expand their presence even further.
The Business First Partners in Philanthropy award was presented to PT Development August 26, 2014 at a luncheon recognizing the honorees. In addition to their work with the Jacmel Rehab Clinic, PT Development employees volunteer with HelpingPTs.org, SoaringWords, Family Scholar House, ChooseWell, and Junior League of Louisville. To learn more about PTD and their work in Haiti, please visit http://www.ptdevllc.com.
About PT Development:
PT Development (PTD), founded by Larry Benz, PT, DPT, is a Louisville, Kentucky-based private equity company focused on adding value to healthcare organizations by cultivating quality, customer service, advocacy leadership and innovation. Benz’s entrepreneurial success began when he founded the Louisville-based Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT). In 2007, Benz sold his interest in KORT and focused his efforts on PTD’s startups such as TexPTS, Indiana-based ProRehab, Evidence In Motion (EIM), and several others. PTD offers the following management services: evidence-based practice, patient loyalty, regulatory assurance, marketing and branding, clinic operations, hiring and retention, strategy, accounting and finance, and customer service. For more information about PTD, please visit PTDevllc.com.