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BUSINESS BEAT: Diane Harmon named CHC October Employee of the Month

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Since 1995, Diane Harmon has been an employee at the Community Health Center of Branch County. Through Diane’s dedication and outstanding service, CHC is proud to announce that Diane has been selected Employee of the Month for October 2013.

Diane was hired March 6, 1995, as a staff physical therapist in the Physical Therapy Department at CHC.  Diane’s job duties include inpatient acute care and general outpatient physical therapy care.  Diane assisted in creating the original wellness program at CHC.  According to her nominator, “Diane is a pillar of this organization.  She gives great care, empathy, and full commitment to her patients and colleagues.  Even with changes in documentation and procedures, she graces each day with a smile and great effort.  She started the lymphedema and the balance vestibular programs.  She participates in senior center programs, Women’s Health Fest, and the Older American Health Fair.  Diane has encountered her own life struggles and remains positive and perseveres.  The physical therapy department and CHC are blessed to have her as a role model and colleague.  Diane executes the brand promise daily with each patient encounter.  She well deserves to be the Employee of the Month.”

Diane graduated from Indiana University in 1973 with a bachelor of science in physical therapy.  She is certified in the neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) approach in adults with Hemiplegia and in manual lymphedema therapy.  Diane was married to the late Thomas Harmon and they have a blended family of five children, three girls ages 37, 30, and 17; and two boys, both 34.  Diane also has five beautiful granddaughters and one grandchild on the way.  She enjoys cycling and baking.  Diane is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Coldwater and is involved in Branch County Community Theatre. 

The CHC Houghton Family Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Center has been a part of CHC for twelve years, providing services to the Branch County area.  This state of the art rehabilitation facility offers many great resources for physical, occupational, and speech therapy for the residents of greater Branch County. 

The Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Center staff consists of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapy through contracted services, physical therapist assistants, physical therapy aide and an office manager.  CHC also provides home health physical therapy services.  All of the therapists are focused on serving their patients with the best knowledge and techniques available.  This is achieved by continuing education and specialization. 

Specialties include: basic physical therapy, focusing on restoring function secondary to loss of strength, flexibility, and balance; staff specially trained in manual therapy, a hands-on approach to restoring joint mechanics, mobility, and function using muscle energy technique, myofascial release, strain/counter strain, manipulation, and cranio-sacral therapy; lymphedema treatment – this requires additional training with focus on the management of chronic swelling of a limb due to permanent obstruction of the lymphatic pathways; pediatric physical and occupational therapy –focusing on the developmental and functional needs of a child; vestibular rehab – treatment for poor balance, dizziness and vertigo; urinary incontinence – biofeedback training for pelvic floor musculature and promotion of awareness to prevent urinary incontinence; and aquatic therapy – which provides a non-weight bearing environment allowing for a slow progression of resistance and decreased pain. 

Therapy and rehab is not the only thing the HoughtonCenter offers; public classes are available. These include:  Aquatic Arthritis Class – targeted for those with arthritis who need a buoyant environment, Back on Track – a 10 week weight management class, and Moms in Motion – aquatic pre/postnatal class.

(courtesy Community Health Center of Branch County)