Harrison helping to fill the void

Making good on its promise, Harrison Medical Center Silverdale recently opened a new pediatric rehabilitation clinic.

Harrison now offers critical therapy services, such as physical, occupational and speech, for children in need, helping to fill a void after Puget Sound Therapy Services (PSTS) closed for good on March 20.

“I have an incredible sense of pride,” said Redge Campbell, Harrison Medical Center Director of Rehab Services and Medical Imaging.

With a six-week turnaround, the new 2,300-square-foot space is located in the Harlow Medical Building on the Harrison Silverdale campus. This new facility more than doubles the capacity of the existing area of Harrison’s comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation program.

“(The fact) that we could open a new medical clinic in fewer than six weeks is nothing shy of astounding,” Campbell added. “We’re pleased to be able to respond so quickly to the needs of our community, and we welcome our new families.”

The program expansion allowed for the hiring of six additional pediatric therapists, positions filled by PSTS staff and other trained specialists.

The relocation of Harrison’s pediatric rehab clinic to the Harlow building will free 1,000 square feet of the existing ground floor clinic, enabling the adult rehab clinic to be expanded and waiting lists minimized.

“These children will now have access to our exceptional program that includes a state-of-the-art therapeutic pool and an outdoor therapeutic playground,” Campbell added. “(The facility) is three times of the treatment space (now), which will help us reduce our waiting list from where it is right now.”

Campbell credits the community partners who stepped in to help get the clinic up and running. The project was financially constructed by grants from the McDonalds and John L. Scott foundations.

Although the new facility is up and running, the financial burdens of running the therapy clinic are far from over.

Campbell said even though the staff is prepared to help the many families who were left behind when PSTS closed, Harrison will take a significant financial loss due to the insurance company, Tricare, only reimbursing therapists $23 per visit.

“There seems to be no ownership by Tricare,” Campbell added. “The availability to these patients is what it’s all about. We’re trying to take as many patients as we can.”

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