Convenience and Quality: One Patient Shares Physical Therapy Experiences at Mercy Hospital El Reno

November 25, 2014

EL RENO, Okla. – After more than 15 years as a runner, an active childhood growing up on a farm and a 48-year career as a pharmacist, the impact of physical activity and working on his feet caught up with Willard Holsted’s body.

Willard Holsted

He underwent a right shoulder replacement in 2004, followed by a left knee replacement in 2006. This March, he had rotator cuff surgery. All three procedures required eight weeks of physical therapy, three times a week.

When doctors instructed him to do physical therapy following the right shoulder surgery 10 years ago, Holsted opted for the convenience of the therapy services department at then Parkview Hospital (now Mercy Hospital El Reno).

After a positive experience with the therapists at the hospital, he chose to go back to Mercy for physical therapy after each of his subsequent surgeries.

“I didn’t think twice about going back the second or third time,” said Holsted, 71, of El Reno. “The care I got was what made me come back because they treated me in a way where I didn’t dread going to physical therapy. You suffer a little bit of pain to get well no matter what you do, but the way they handle people made it a pleasant experience.”

Since he had to go to physical therapy so frequently, he was also happy to not have to take half a day for each therapy appointment to go to Oklahoma City. This enabled him to continue working during those eight-week periods.

“It makes all the difference in the world to hop in your car and run out there in five minutes, do your physical therapy, come home and change clothes to go to work,” he said.

About Therapy Services

Mercy Hospital El Reno offers physical therapy, which builds muscle strength, enhances range of motion, and improves mobility, balance and coordination in patients.

Therapy services are appropriate for a variety of patients, whether they need assistance with back, neck, arm or leg pain; are recovering from an injury or surgery; need to make a few changes to their routine to manage pain; want help after having a stroke or in dealing with a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis; or are overcoming weakness after a hospitalization.

“We always tell patients that we can get them back on their feet and make them smile and laugh all while sweating,” said Erin Scammahorn, manager of physical medicine at Mercy Hospital El Reno. “I am very proud of our therapy services and our ability to accommodate the varying needs of our patients to help them meet their goals. Therapy is often hard for the patient and we are there to encourage them and ensure they follow through with their care.”   

Holsted is glad he chose Mercy’s therapy services after all three of his surgeries.

“With my shoulder, it gave me the ability to continue the job that I do,” he said. “The knee was the same way because, of course, I still work full time and stand six to eight hours a day. Without the knee and shoulder replacement, there was no way in the world that I’d be working today.”

Many people may not think about the physical therapy services locally at Mercy Hospital El Reno, but Holsted believes “they ought to try it.”

To contact Mercy Therapy Services at Mercy Hospital El Reno, call 405-295-1270. Mercy accepts Medicare, Medicaid, SoonerStart and most other major insurance plans, as well as private pay. Contact your insurance provider to determine if you are covered for services and if you need a referral from your primary care provider to begin treatment.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Media Contacts

Meredith Huggins
El Reno, Guthrie, Kingfisher, Oklahoma City, Watonga
Phone: 405-936-5766