November 2018 Newsletter

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October 2018 Monthly Activity Calendar

Celebrating Physical Therapy Month – Meet Vida Juodatis, MSPT

Vida Juodaitis, MSPT, received her Masters Degree from Boston University in 1991. She was working as a Lab Technician at UMass Medical School, studying how different chemicals affect heart tissue. She likens that experience to “Baking a Cake Everyday” in that she was doing the same experiment, while adjusting the “ingredients” to test the results. It was like “let’s see what a 1/2 cup of sugar does to the cake one day, then 1 cup of sugar the next day.” She decided that she wanted to work in a different environment.

Vida said that her people skills are her strength, and she likes working with people, so she looked into Physical Therapy. She enjoys independent evaluations of patients, developing treatment plans, and adjusting the plans to help her patients reach their goals. She notes that Physical Therapy has a lot of options also, with a flexible schedule that encourages better family time.

Vida has been working for Reliant Rehab for 4 months, but she has been coming to River Terrace for the past 5 years. She says that the people at River Terrace are very compassionate and inquisitive, knowing how best to accommodate the patient’s needs. Vida likes being at River Terrace because of the “homey feel” that the building creates. Vida says, “I have worked in over 25 buildings in my career, and I like it here very much. The patients here feel appreciated and loved.”

Vida lives in Lunenburg and has 2 grown daughters. One works in Medical Administration and the other is still in college and discovering herself. A fun fact about Vida is that she is a Beekeeper, an avid gardener and loves to hike. She used to be the Director of a kids summer program.

Thank you, Vida, for all that you do to help River Terrace’s patients reach their full potential!

Community Yard Sale – 9/23

Recap – Summer Tour & Taste Event

Lucky guests enjoyed a delicious assortment of refreshing treats at the “Tour & Taste of Summer” event at River Terrace Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Lancaster yesterday.

Meet the Sales & Marketing Team at River Terrace! Amanda Bairos, Clinical Nurse Liaison; Tara DeWitte, Admissions Coordinator/Business Office Manager; Michelle Jones, Community Liaison; and Miatta Green, Administrator.

Everyone loved the Pineapple Mint Water and Strawberry Lemonade! Delicious!!

River Terrace – Help Us Help Those In Need

Improving health care for people living in Ghana, West Africa has been a passion for Dr. Edna MarkAddy, Hospitalist, and Founder of MedHealth Centers. River Terrace is proud to have teamed up with Dr. MarkAddy in collecting medical supplies needed for her clinics in Ghana. We invite you to watch the recent Talk Me Healthy Episode Interview with Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDE where Dr. MarkAddy speaks about her passion and the need for improving healthcare in Ghana, West Africa.


Doctor building much-needed medical facilities in Ghana

Dr. Edna MarkAddy, a hospitalist at Leominster Hospital, is the founder of MedHealth Center in Ghana, West Africa, where she is building clinics. She talked about what she has been doing at her home in Holden on Thursday afternoon. (SENTINEL& ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE)

LEOMINSTER — If you want to build a hospital in Ghana, the first thing you’re going to need is land.

Dr. Edna MarkAddy’s goal was to find a place somewhere outside the capital city of Accra, in an area not too far from where she had grown up. As she searched around the greater Accra region, she happened upon a doctor performing routine checkups on newborns.

With no office to work in, the doctor was performing the examinations outside, standing under a tree.

To read the article featured in the Sentinel & Enterprise and written by Peter Jasinski: Click Here

Touching Lives a World Away

LANCASTER — It’s no easy feat to build a health clinic from scratch.

You need all of the standard medical equipment found in any doctor’s office, but you also need the basic supplies of any functional workplace.

Whether it’s a stethoscope or a stapler, it’s all on the wish list for Dr. Edna Markaddy, a Leominster-based physician currently gathering donations for five clinics she’s planning to open in Ghana. Markaddy, the founder of MedHealth Centers, has partnered with River Terrace Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Lancaster to collect the items she needs.

Read the full article on Sentinel & Enterprise News: Click Here

Join Us for a Taste of Summer – 8/15

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