New occupational therapist to lead OT team

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST KATY Pugh recently joined the staff at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Occupational Therapist Katy Pugh to the therapy department to provide a full range of occupational therapy services for the community.

Pugh is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating in 2017, she has worked as a travel therapist in Virginia and Colorado. Although a new resident to the county, Pugh was introduced to the area several years ago by her husband, Caleb Pugh, of Bartow.

“I am excited to work in the culture of patient-centered care at PMH,” she said. “Every employee I have encountered thus far has demonstrated this mission – that the patient’s needs always come first.

“The staff is just so kind and caring, and I can tell this is a family-like atmosphere. It is really exciting to be a part of a workplace like this, and I look forward to contributing to this incredible community.”

Her mission in growing her department is to provide each and every patient with “compassionate, quality occupational therapy services with an emphasis on ensuring a safe and independent transition to home.”

Pugh will be working to bring more understanding and awareness to the community about the services and value of occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy has been available at PMH for many years, but in forming it as a department of its own, PMH hopes to grow and expand those services in the future. Rehabilitation services are available for both inpatients and outpatients in need of treatment in the recovery of a surgery, illness or other medical condition. Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals who have had some kind of impairment or injury re-learn how to perform daily activities that are meaningful to them. This could include dressing, bathing, self-feeding, meal prep, and even hunting and fishing. This is especially useful after a stroke, fracture or surgery.

If you have any questions about the occupational therapy services at PMH or would like information on scheduling an appointment, please contact us at 304-799-1015.

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