Fairview opens ther­apy cen­ter in Ston­ing­ton

Fa­cil­ity of­fers in­pa­tient, out­pa­tient and tran­si­tional care

The Day - - OBITUARIES - By ERICA MOSER Day Staff Writer e.moser@the­day.com

Fairview CEO James Rosen­man said the de­ci­sion to open FairviewFirst in Ston­ing­ton came from want­ing a more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion and look­ing at where pa­tients were com­ing from.

Ston­ing­ton — Thurs­day was an emo­tional day for Randy Whit­tingstall as he fin­ished up his fi­nal day of a treat­ment pro­gram for Parkin­son’s dis­ease, one that in­volved go­ing to phys­i­cal ther­apy four hours a day, four days a week, for four weeks.

“I’m re­ally much bet­ter now,” he said. His move­ments are more pro­nounced. His tremors were re­duced con­sid­er­ably.

Whit­tingstall, 74, par­tic­i­pated in LSVT BIG, a pro­gram that takes the prin­ci­ples of Lee Sil­ver­man Voice Treat­ment for speech and ap­plies them to limbs, to in­crease “big­ness” of move­ments.

“It’s about in­creas­ing am­pli­tude of move­ments, so that their move­ments be­come more nor­mal­ized and they learn how to re­cal­i­brate their move­ments,” said Carey Faulkner, di­rec­tor of ther­apy ser­vices at FairviewFirst Out­pa­tient Ther­apy.

Whit­tingstall was the first pa­tient — out of 10 so far — Faulkner saw when she re­lo­cated from Fairview Odd Fel­lows Home of Con­necti­cut in Gro­ton to the new FairviewFirst at 107 Wil­cox Road, on Quiambaug Cove.

FairviewFirst opened in Septem­ber, and mem­bers of the health and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties gath­ered there on Thurs­day to cel­e­brate the ex­pan­sion of the 250-em­ployee se­nior hous­ing and health care provider.

For now, the only em­ploy­ees at the new lo­ca­tion are Jo Ann Smith, of­fice man­ager, and Faulkner. The of­fice has been of­fer­ing only phys­i­cal ther­apy thus far but will grow to of­fer oc­cu­pa­tional and speech ther­apy.

“As the clien­tele comes in we’ll be grow­ing,” Smith said.

Faulkner has been a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist for 16 years, hav­ing grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of New Eng­land with a master’s de­gree in phys­i­cal ther­apy in 2001. She lives in Gro­ton with her hus­band and two boys, ages 11 and 8.

Faulkner — who Whit­tingstall char­ac­ter­ized as “ter­rific” and “out­stand­ing” — has been work­ing for Fairview for two and a half years, hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked in home health care for Gen­tiva Health Ser­vices.

As a staff phys­i­cal ther­a­pist at Fairview, she con­tin­ued to do home­care, which she does not do any­more.

Fairview of­fers in­pa­tient, out­pa­tient and tran­si­tional care, and Faulkner feels that hav­ing a sep­a­rate fa­cil­ity strictly for out­pa­tient ser­vices can help Fairview bet­ter reach younger peo­ple.

Fairview CEO James Rosen­man said the de­ci­sion to open FairviewFirst in Ston­ing­ton came from want­ing a more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion and look­ing at where pa­tients were com­ing from.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful area, a lot of park­ing. It’s very con­ve­nient,” he said of Quiambaug Cove.

This is the first time Fairview is pro­vid­ing ser­vices away from its 70-acre cam­pus on Lester­town Road in Gro­ton, and Rosen­man is pleased with how the past month has gone.

Echo­ing Rosen­man’s com­ments on con­ve­nience, Ston­ing­ton First Se­lect­man Rob Sim­mons said that the new lo­ca­tion al­lows res­i­dents of Mys­tic, Ston­ing­ton and Paw­catuck to by­pass In­ter­state 95 traf­fic.

Sim­mons also noted that Fairview’s open­ing of a satel­lite lo­ca­tion in Ston­ing­ton fits with the goal in the town’s con­ser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment plan of strength­en­ing health care, par­tic­u­larly for se­niors.

FairviewFirst Out­pa­tient Ther­apy serves pa­tients of all ages. Between the two lo­ca­tions, ser­vices in­clude neu­rol­ogy, car­diac, pul­monary, ortho­pe­dic, dys­pha­gia and cog­ni­tive.

Hours at the Quiambaug Cove lo­ca­tion are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, and Satur­day by ap­point­ment.

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