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Occupational Therapy

When faced with occupational therapy, come to Greene County General Hospital’s occupational therapy department where GCH03_lowres
you’ll find experienced staff members who take pride in the level of care they provide each patient.

The occupational therapy department at Greene County General Hospital provides instruction and therapy for patients who have difficulty with self-care skills. Occupational therapy also assists with activities for skilled patients.
The occupational therapy department operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The department serves patients of all ages, including: pediatrics, workman’s compensation, and geriatrics.

Greene County General Hospital’s occupational therapy department provides services for evaluation and treatment for a variety of diagnoses and conditions. Services include: use of upper extremities with strengthening, range of motion, fine coordination skills with reduced to pain free movement in order to improve independence for self-care skills, improve balance, transfers, and motor skills as related to improving with self-care skills.


Physical Therapy

When faced with physical therapy needs, come to Greene County General Hospital’s physical therapy department where you’ll find experienced staff members who take pride in the level of care they provide each patient.

Greene County General Hospital’s physical therapy department operates from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday providing services to inpatients and outpatients of all ages.

The department offers wound care, MIST therapy, total knee and hip rehabilitation, pre- and post-op rehabilitation, pain management, posture and body mechanics, home exercise program instruction, vestibular (balance) training, gait training, and athletic and sports medicine rehabilitation.

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“I found relief from pain at my hospital.

They restored my faith in healthcare.”

~Sheril Hays, Jasonville

Speech Therapy

Greene County General Hospital offers a variety of outpatient speech therapy services for all ages ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Our highly-trained staff can provide evaluation and treatment of a variety of issues including:

  • Articulation disorders: Problems making/saying sounds correctly. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand you.
  • Phonological Disorders: Involves patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like “k” and “g” for those in the front of the mouth like “t” and “d” (e.g., saying “tup” for “cup” or “das” for “gas”).
  • Language Disorders:  A problem with understanding and/or using spoken, written, and/or other symbol systems (e.g., gestures, sign language). The disorder may involve the form of language (phonology, morphology, syntax), the content of the language (semantics), and/or the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.
  • Fluency Disorders (stuttering) is an interruption in the flow or rhythm of speech and is characterized by hesitations, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases.
  • Motor Speech Disorders, which are impairments of speech arising from damage to the central or peripheral nervous system, such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which includes all forms of communication (except oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas.  AAC is used when making facial expressions or gestures, using symbols or pictures, and writing. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional.
  • Voice Disorders, which are characterized by inappropriate pitch (too high, too low, never changing, or interrupted by breaks); quality (harsh, hoarse, breathy, or nasal); loudness; resonance and duration.
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders, which are the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness and executive functions such as self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
  • Aphasia therapy: A disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Aphasia causes problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

In addition, staff can treat swallowing disorders in pediatrics to geriatrics.

Swallowing disorders can occur at different stages of the swallowing process, including:

  • Oral phase – sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat
  • Pharyngeal phase – starting the swallowing reflex, squeezing food down the throat, and closing off the airway to prevent food or liquid from entering the airway (aspiration) or to prevent choking
  • Esophageal phase – relaxing and tightening the openings at the top and bottom of the feeding tube in the throat (esophagus) and squeezing food through the esophagus into the stomach

Several diseases, conditions, or surgical interventions can result in swallowing problems. Common signs of swallowing disease include:

  • Coughing during or right after eating or drinking
  • Wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
  • Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
  • Food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
  • Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
  • Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough

Speech therapy services must be referred by a physician.

To schedule an appointment, please call 847-5209.




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