Outpatient PT services to be offered in facility adjacent to hospital campus…


Pinnacle’s Dan Fleury and Memorial President & CEO Scott McKinnon in front of the new facility, home to Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital.

Physical therapy services will be available once again on an outpatient basis at Memorial Hospital starting in November. Scott McKinnon, president and CEO, has announced a partnership with Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network and North Conway Physical Therapy, owned by Stephanie Pavao, PT.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with Pinnacle and with Stephanie which will bring these services back to Memorial Hospital,” McKinnon said. “This is something our providers and our patients have wanted. We see it as part of the synergy with our orthopedic and sports medicine services. It also supports our other medical services and lets us utilize the newly acquired building adjacent to the hospital campus.”

Dan Fleury, PT, Vice President of Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network, said they currently manage 23 centers throughout New England, including six in New Hampshire. Stephanie Pavao has been running the North Conway location since it opened three years ago.

“Pinnacle encourages a focus on training that supports evidence based practices and clinical outcomes,” Fleury explained. “We partner with organizations and individuals who want to offer only the best therapeutic skills and expertise.”

Current North Conway Physical Therapy clients will be integrated into the new service which will be called Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital. Pavao will serve as practice manager as well as providing hands-on physical therapy. The hospital recently acquired the property and buildings at 3076 White Mountain Highway, just north of the campus, where the program will be located.

Both Fleury and Pavao are excited about the facility space which is undergoing some renovation prior to the opening. “We’ll be on the first floor of the building,” Pavao said, “and it’s a fabulous modern space with lots of windows and light.” She said feedback from her present clients has been very positive. Fleury added that more than $50,000 in state-of-the-art PT equipment is being installed in the new location.

stephanie-pavaoPavao has a long history of working in partnership with hospitals to provide a range of physical therapy services, most recently in Martha’s Vineyard. “My vision is to offer quality one-on-one care to my patients,” she said. “Being partnered with a hospital allows us to have easy access to a full circle of services – primary care, osteopathic and sports medicine services, imaging – all of which benefit the patient and make it more convenient for them to receive good health care.”

She understands the uniqueness of providing physical therapy to this area’s local population. “We treat a range of people from the lifetime athlete to elders who simply desire a return to mobility and their previous quality of life,” Pavao said. “Whatever they want to achieve, we’re there to work with them and help them attain their goals.”

Dr. Ray Rabideau, Memorial’s chief medical officer, remarked that outpatient physical therapy had been an essential component of care at the hospital for many years, back to a time when he first arrived.

“Although most times we think of this service in the context of recovery from trauma, many patients with acute medical events or chronic illness have a need for physical therapy as well,” he said. “People are living longer, and physical therapy is one of the key components that can improve our quality of life as well as medical outcomes. Memorial Hospital’s commitment to a healthy community makes the addition of outpatient physical therapy a perfect ingredient.”

Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital will be available to anyone referred by any physician, provider or hospital. Inpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy will continue to be delivered in the hospital in that department’s present location.

ncptlogoNorth Conway Physical Therapy will continue to see patients in their existing facility through mid-October when they will be relocating to their new space on the Memorial Hospital campus. Patients wishing to be scheduled for an appointment may call 603-733-5921.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new center is planned for Monday, Nov. 9, at Noon with a ribbon cutting by Memorial CEO Scott McKinnon, Pinnacle Vice President Dan Fleury, and MWV Chamber of Commerce Director Janice Crawford. Light refreshments and a tour of the new facility will follow.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Published October 1, 2015 | Posted in Portsmouth PT Blog Posts.