The Cleveland Clinic's Canfield Branch for Orthopaedic, Rhematalogical and Sports Therapy has partnered with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown to use the Sisters' pool for a new dimension aquatic therapy.
"We were getting a lot of referrals from the Cleveland Clinic main branch. A lot of physicians are requesting aquatic therapy," states Dan Pagan, clinical manager for the Clinic's local satellite office.
"We do a lot of sports rehab," Pagan continues. "Aquatic therapy is great for patients who've had total knee or total hip replacements, and coming back from sports injuries -- aquatic therapy is a great resource to use."
The Clinic considered the Ursuline Sisters' pool, Pagan says, after one of his patients spoke highly of it. "I had a patient who had done the arthritis class there, so I decided to visit the Motherhouse and see what they had to offer," he states. "It's a very nice pool large, heated with a nice changing room. It's very well equipped for what we have to do."
"Partnership and collaboration are an important part of the Ursuline Sisters' Mission," says Sister Nancy Dawson, general superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. "Sharing our pool resources is a way to provide a healing process that improves the quality of life for all those who benefit from it."
Pagan says his office recently added full-time employee Matthew Lorenzi, who received his doctorate in physical therapy from Youngstown State University, to help with the expansion of services.
The Clinic now uses The Ursuline Center Pool, located at 4250 Shields Road, to treat patients on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Clinic's local office is located at 3736 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield.