Curry Health Foundation presented a check for $93,271 to Curry Health Network Sunday, money it raised to purchase new physical, occupational and speech therapy equipment at the hospital in Gold Beach.
Curry Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health needs of the community. In the past, it has donated money to buy equipment for local ambulance and fire departments and the sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Meals on Wheels and equipment for the Child Advocacy Program.
“Without this donation, it would have been a real stretch to outfit this room,” Network CEO Ginny Razo told the 30 or so people who filled the room. “It’s not only equipment, but state-of-the-art equipment.”
It includes stair-step machines, bicycles, stairs, parallel bars, treatment tables, balance balls and beams, weights and ice compression equipment to use with people who have suffered injuries, or are recovering from knee and hip surgeries or strokes.
Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews was among the first patients. He was chasing a suspect in town Aug. 17 when both of his quadriceps — his thigh muscles — ripped from his knees. According to the National Institute of Health, only 105 such cases involving both legs — bilateral, simultaneous quadricep-tendon rupture — have been reported since 1949.
“It was new ground for the surgeons in Coos Bay,” Andrews said. “I’d have been in a world of hurt if this hospital hadn’t been opened, this facility not available. This is my home away from home.”
Physical therapists at Curry General Hospital include: Victoria Franco, PT assistant Timothy Gamble, speech therapist Kimberly Snow and occupational therapist Tiffanie Newman. The team is available weekdays in Gold Beach and Brookings.
Andrews has been working with Franco for the past several weeks to regain motion in his legs. In the meantime, he’s been doing cardiovascular work to keep him in shape in anticipation of doing weight-bearing exercises later this month.
“You don’t think of the simple things, like hygiene, using the toilet, until your legs are straight out in front of you,” he said from his seat in a wheelchair. “At some point, I’ll be standing up and running out of here.”
He said he likely would not have been able to return to Curry County after his injury if the physical therapy wasn’t available here.
“I’d be in a skilled nursing home mixed with a nursing home — that’s not the environment I want to be in,” he said. “This is a best-case scenario for me.”