Memorial Medical offers rehab services to cancer survivors

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[March 16, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Memorial Medical Center has received STAR Program certification from Oncology Rehab Partners, allowing the nonprofit hospital to offer cancer rehabilitation services to its patients.

The certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools needed to quickly and effectively implement an exceptional rehabilitation plan for the patient, said Drew Snyder, director of oncology services at Memorial Medical Center.

"Feeling well and being able to resume normal day-to-day activities is essential to enjoying a good quality of life for cancer survivors and their families," Snyder said. "Through the STAR Program, Memorial now provides comprehensive rehabilitation care that is reimbursable by most health insurance providers."

To receive the certification, Memorial carried out Oncology Rehab Partners' evaluation and treatment protocols and rehabilitation training.

Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines -- physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered dietitians and mental health professionals -- will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life, Snyder said.

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Patients in the program are typically referred by their physicians. For more information, call 217-862-0400.

[Text from file received from Memorial Medical Center]

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