The recent and unexpected closing of Puget Sound Therapy Services (PSTS) in Silverdale has left 185 children and their families without critical physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. Harrison Medical Center announced today it will help fill that void by expanding its pediatric rehabilitation program at its Silverdale campus.
Harrison has leased 2,300 square feet of the Harlow Medical Building on the Harrison Silverdale campus, which will be home to their comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation program, more than doubling its capacity. The new second-floor clinic is expected to open by April 16.
"We’re pleased to be able to respond so quickly to the needs of our community and the families displaced by the closing of Puget Sound Therapy Services," said Redge Campbell, director of Harrison’s Rehab Services and Medical Imaging departments. "These children will now have access to our exceptional program that includes a state-of-the art therapeutic pool and an outdoor therapeutic playground."
The pediatric program expansion will require the addition of six new therapists. Recruiting, including interested therapists from PSTS, is taking place now says Campbell.
Relocating Harrison’s pediatric rehab clinic to the second floor of the Harlow Building frees 1,000 square feet of their existing ground-floor clinic to expand their adult rehab services. It also eases the current waiting list for adult services.
In an earlier response to the crisis, Harrison considered moving their pediatric rehab program to the clinic vacated by PSTS. Though a Harrison architect’s survey of the space was favorable for such a transition, keeping services at Harrison’s Silverdale campus was the most beneficial to all, says Campbell. "We can offer a wider scope of services with more convenience to these children and their families. We welcome them with open arms." #