For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerrica Thurman, Director, Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
(April 25, 2022, Washington, D.C.) The Amputee Coalition has recruited a total of 95 civilian-based hospitals and rehabilitation facility partners from across the country into its Healthcare Partnership Program. The program is vital to expanding services and support to assist people living with limb loss and/or limb difference. Hospital and rehab facilities are first responders to patients who experience amputations and play a critical role in helping these individuals through their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration into their homes and communities. In partnership with the Amputee Coalition, these facilities share expertise, training curriculum, and patient education materials for peer support programs to ensure no amputee is alone on their journey.
The Amputee Coalition offers free services to hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to establish a nationally recognized peer support program for amputees, and to help meet Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards on peer support for facilities with an amputation care designation. Professional training is also provided to embed a nationally recognized Certified Peer Visitor Program into the facility’s amputation rehabilitation framework and to develop trained Certified Peer Visitors who serve as volunteers at the facilities.
Since January 2022, the Amputee Coalition secured 10 healthcare facility partners and added two new states, including:
HCA Florida West Hospital in Pensacola, FL
PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Fargo in Fargo, ND
Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT
McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT
Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT
St. George Regional Medical Center in Saint George, UT
Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, UT
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in Dallas, TX
Summa Rehabilitation Hospital in Akron, OH
University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN
The complete list of current hospital and rehab partners is available at www.amputee-coalition.org/partners/hospital-rehab-facility-partners/current-partner-facilities.
“We are proud to be a powerful extension of the patient-centered care that hospitals and rehabilitation centers provide to the limb loss and limb difference community,” said Mary Richards, President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Before and soon after amputation can often be the most vulnerable and influential stages of a patient’s journey. Through our Healthcare Partnerships, we help bridge the gap between care and support to ensure patients, and their families, have access to vital resources, peer support, and community connections they need to not feel alone and to help achieve outcomes they need to thrive.”
Amputee Coalition: The Leading Voice on Limb Loss and Limb Difference
The Amputee Coalition is the only national nonprofit that serves all individuals who experience limb loss or limb difference. We are dedicated to ensuring that no one faces limb loss alone. Our mission is to reach out and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through support, education, advocacy, and prevention. We work to provide vital resources to people with limb loss and limb difference, as well as their families and caregivers. With these resources, they can recover, readjust, and live the life they most want to live. Learn more at www.amputee-coalition.org.