Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is in need of licensed physical therapists to join the impressive rehabilitation team. Both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation departments are seeing more patients each year, creating a need for qualified physical therapists.
The rehabilitation department has so much to offer a potential applicant. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Rehab building both have a full therapeutic gym with specialized equipment not found at other facilities in our region.
Inpatient physical rehabilitation has experienced a 20 percent growth in patient numbers over the last four years. They have also received over 100 patient transfers from more than 30 different facilities in the past 12 months. This growth is due, in part, to expert staff and unique equipment not found in other places. PMC is proud to possess equipment such as the Lokomat, designed to help people walk again, and the Armeo, designed to help people regain the use of their limbs. These are ideal for stroke and trauma patients. They can also be used for patients with other neurologic disorders that affect mobility.
Outpatient rehabilitation has grown over 42 percent over the last three years. They are now seeing an average of 90-100 patients per day. Technological advancements are just part of the reason why. The Smart Equitest machine is available for patients needing help with balance issues. There is also a HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool that patients in wheelchairs can be rolled right into for therapy. They also treat pediatric patients and offer lymphedema treatments and Astym therapy.
“I really want applicants who are passionate about providing the best physical therapy possible, and who are compassionate towards their fellow-man,” said Vice President of Rehabilitation Services, Debbie Puckett. “Applicants should be life-long learners and have the desire to learn and grow this department.”
Puckett also suggests that potential applicants be team-oriented. PMC physical therapists work closely with occupational and speech therapy, but also with nurses and doctors. They play an important role in PMC’s Primary Stroke Center, Level II Trauma Center, and Joint Commission-certified orthopedic department.
“Doing physical therapy at PMC, you will never be bored,” Puckett added. “Our therapists work in a variety of settings. In addition to inpatient and outpatient rehab, we also have therapists working in Home Health and acute care. There is a lot of growth and change.”
PMC is the largest economic workforce in the region, putting more people to work than any single company, with continued growth that allows them to continually hire. Not only does PMC offer competitive pay, but the benefits package provided by the hospital is unmatched by any other business around. In fact, PMC has one of the top-ranked benefits packages in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Hospital Association.
To apply for a position in physical therapy or to see any of the many job openings at PMC, simply visit our employment page.