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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on June 20, 2012

Clinic to Help Rehabilitation Patients “Get in the Swing”

Adaptive Golf Clinic to be offered as part of Shady Grove Campus Golf Classic

Rockville, Md. – Local rehabilitation patients will have a chance to learn how to golf with their injuries and conditions through an adaptive golf clinic offered by Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland at the Shady Grove Campus Golf Classic next Monday, June 25. The free clinic, held in partnership with the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), will offer patients facing a range of injuries and disabilities such as amputations, a chance to trial adaptive golf equipment and receive instructions on playing with a disability. The adaptive golf clinic will run from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Woodmont Country Club located on 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

“At Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, we are committed to helping our patients get back to their daily activities,” says Brent Reitz, Vice President and Administrator for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “For many, golfing is a chance to relax and enjoy a sport. The goal of the adaptive golf clinic is to help patients facing various injuries and disabilities learn how they can also enjoy this same activity.”

At the clinic, participants will team up with Chris Bowers, a local wounded warrior who works with the SMGA, to learn what type of adaptive equipment could benefit them. The clinic also offers an opportunity to raise awareness in the community about the adaptive golf program that is available for people with disabilities.

“We recognize that many of our patients are interested in getting back to recreational activities after rehabilitation for an injury or illness and we would like to expand opportunities for them,” says Dr. Terrence Sheehan, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “Our team constantly works to find opportunities to help our patients 'get back to life' by returning them to the activities that they loved before their injury or illness. The golf clinic is a great example of this."

The Shady Grove Campus Golf Classic has been held for more than 25 years and has raised $2.5 million in the past 10 years. This year, the tournament benefits the hospitals on Adventist HealthCare’s Rockville Campus including Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and Adventist Behavioral Health.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the only hospital in a five-state region to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International in all four specialty areas – brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. The facility first opened our doors in January 2001 to offer specialized inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with functional limitations. Services include comprehensive rehabilitation programs for brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports- related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is part of the Adventist HealthCare, which includes hospitals, home health agencies and other health care services.

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