Delainey and Levon Fox try out an obstacle course in Van Wert County Hospital’s Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation Clinic on Tuesday. The clinic hosted an open house to showcase its renovated space at 1182 Professional Drive. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)
Delainey and Levon Fox try out an obstacle course in Van Wert County Hospital’s Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation Clinic on Tuesday. The clinic hosted an open house to showcase its renovated space at 1182 Professional Drive. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)
BY ERIN COX

DHI Media News Editor

ecox@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Hospital’s Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation Clinic opened its doors Tuesday to welcome the public to its new facility at 1182 Professional Drive.

The clinic made the move to the office in July 2016 and has been getting settled in along with the patients to the new environment.

“This had been vacant office space that the hospital had for a year or two and we [the physical rehabilitation therapists] were looking to utilize more space because our physical rehab department has been growing,” Debby Compton, director of physical rehabilitation at Van Wert County Hospital, said. “We thought this would be a nice place to put our pediatric rehab.”

The pediatrics clinic used to be located at the Van Wert Health Center on Fox Road with the rest of the physical rehabilitation department, so the area was not as geared to children as the new space is now.

“This has just been wonderful for the children,” Compton said. “It’s a quiet, more private area for them to be treated. We have our own private waiting room which is really nice for the families and the children that are here.”

The clinic has child-friendly decor and has equipment designed for children that the former location did not provide. For example, one room has a jungle gym with monkey bars and a swing, objects common to children that help them feel comfortable while also getting their therapy.

The new location also offers a supply room for the therapists to have easy access to equipment.

“We learned with children it’s not good to keep the supplies in the room because they tend to want to play with everything,” Compton added.

The Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation Clinic offers services for children with developmental problems and developmental delays.

“We see a lot of kiddos with autism, we see a lot of kiddos with ADHD, as well as fine motor and gross motor issues,” Aleasha Kahle, an occupational therapist, said. “The school can screen for a general issue or problem and if the school addresses it, they can do some therapy in the school, but we also compliment the school in a private setting through a patient’s private insurance.”

Kahle explained that with the additional space the new office has, the clinic is able to offer new services to families who would have had to travel to another area hospital and have a six month to a year wait to receive them.

“With our additional space we’ve been able to start doing autism testing,” Kahle said noting the test, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, is used as a screening tool and physicians require this test many times before giving a diagnosis of autism.

The new location has also benefited the employees.

“It has allowed my pediatric therapists to work more as a team because they’re all here together,” Compton said noting that the different therapists were segmented into different areas of the department before. “Now they’re all here working together and they can have more of a team approach for the kids.”