Phoenix Re­hab & Mo­bil­ity, PPS Or­thotic & Pros­thetic open branch in Ring­gold

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Phoenix Re­hab & Mo­bil­ity and PPS Or­thotic & Pros­thetic Ser­vices are proud to an­nounce the open­ing of their new branch lo­cated at 48 Mor­ri­son Lane off U.S. High­way 41 in Ring­gold.

The new branch pro­vides a full line of state-of-the-art wheel­chairs, or­thotic brac­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial limbs to the res­i­dents of North Ge­or­gia.

Phoenix Re­hab & Mo­bil­ity is a lead­ing provider of com­plex re­hab and power wheel­chairs in the South­east. PPS Or­thotic & Pros­thetic Ser­vices is a lead­ing provider of or­thotic brac­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial limbs with of­fices in Chat­tanooga and Cleve­land, Ten­nessee, since 1996. PPS is now ac­cept­ing pa­tients at the 6,400-square­foot fa­cil­ity in Ring­gold.

Spe­cial­iz­ing in all facets of mo­bil­ity, Phoenix pro­vides power and man­ual wheel­chairs, com­plex re­hab wheel­chairs, and home ac­cess equip­ment (stair lifts and wheel­chair ramps). Phoenix’s pa­tient care team is led by one of the re­gion’s top wheel­chair ex­perts, Gregg Rogers, ATP, CRTS. Greg has been pro­vid­ing power wheel­chairs in the North Ge­or­gia and Chat­tanooga re­gion for over 15 years.

For the first time, North Ge­or­gia res­i­dents may now ob­tain cus­tom de­signed or­thotic and pros­thetic de­vices with­out a trip to Chat­tanooga. Board-cer­ti­fied or­thortist, pros­thetist, and pe­dor­thist, and Ring­gold res­i­dent, Dal­las Whicker CPO, CPED, will bring over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence to the ben­e­fit of North Ge­or­gia pa­tients.

Phoenix Re­hab and PPS Or­thotic & Pros­thetic, are both owned by James Rogers, the grand­son of Leonard Mas­ters, and nephew of Rubin Mas­ters, who op­er­ated Mas­ters Gro­cery in Graysville, Ga., in the 1940s through 1980s. James has owned and man­aged health­care fa­cil­i­ties in the re­gion since 1989 and rep­re­sents the state of Ge­or­gia on the Medi­care Re­gion C Coun­cil. The new fa­cil­ity is man­aged by a Ring­gold res­i­dent, and 10-year wheel­chair vet­eran, Cassie Keith.

As a proud em­ployer and sup­porter of our na­tion’s vet­er­ans, Phoenix Re­hab and Mo­bil­ity has cho­sen Toys for Tots as their Christ­mas char­ity this year and will also serve as a drop-off lo­ca­tion for any do­na­tions to Toys for Tots.

For ques­tions about their ser­vices go to www.phoenixgo. com or www.pp­soandp.com or call 706-935-2352.

The Honor­able Judge Don Thomp­son (pre­sid­ing judge), Chief Judge Kristina Gra­ham, Sher­iffs, of­fi­cial guest and the en­tire drug court team joined par­tic­i­pants of the Look­out Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit (LMJC) Felony Drug Court in cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with the par­tic­i­pants and chil­dren. Do­na­tions were made by the LMJC Drug Court team, Pub­lic De­fender’s Of­fice, and the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice to pur­chase gifts for 22 chil­dren. Each group di­vided up the list and bought and wrapped the gifts.

The pur­pose of the LMJC Felony Drug Court is to pro­tect the com­mu­nity by de­creas­ing drug-re­lated crime and re­duc­ing re­cidi­vism by pro­vid­ing treat­ment to the of­fend­ers to ad­dress their ad­dic­tion. As Gover­nor Deal led the state of Ge­or­gia through Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Re­form, the pres­ence of ac­count­abil­ity courts has grown rapidly within the state. These courts are chang­ing lives and sav­ing mil­lions in tax payer dol­lars.

The LMJC Drug Court cur­rently has 25 par­tic­i­pants en­rolled in the pro­gram with a cen­sus goal of 50 to be en­rolled by June 2019. These par­tic­i­pants are held ac­count­able for their crim­i­nal be­hav­iors through a very in­tense pro­gram last­ing 19-24 months. The pro­gram is de­signed to lay a foun­da­tion of hon­esty, ef­fort and ac­count­abil­ity from the par­tic­i­pant.

“There is noth­ing easy about com­plet­ing the Ac­count­abil­ity Court pro­gram,” said (Judge Don Thomp­son). “These par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to ob­tain em­ploy­ment, at­tend treat­ment groups, com­plete course work, and ap­pear be­fore the Court weekly for ac­count­abil­ity. Many of them are work­ing harder in their re­cov­ery than any­thing they have ever done.”

This level of ac­count­abil­ity and the struc­ture pro­vided by the Court is some­thing that many par­tic­i­pants have never ex­pe­ri­enced and is lead­ing to pos­i­tive changes in their lives. “In most cases we have to teach them how to change an en­tire life of bad habits, be­cause up un­til now their life has been all about us­ing”, said (Judge Don Thomp­son). “As a re­sult of this pro­gram and the work of the team and par­tic­i­pants, they are be­gin­ning to re­build their fam­i­lies and be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

About the Look­out Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit (LMJC) Felony Drug Court:

The LMJC Adult Felony Drug Court was awarded a grant by the Coun­cil of Ac­count­abil­ity Court Judges for FY 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). This grant pro­vided the ini­tial fund­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Felony Drug Court. Fol­low­ing sev­eral months of plan­ning, the first par­tic­i­pants plead into the pro­gram in Oct. of 2017. The LMJC cir­cuit serves Ge­or­gia of­fend­ers re­sid­ing in Ca­toosa, Chat­tooga, Dade and Walker coun­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion about the LMJC Felony Drug Court con­tact Gretchen Neal at gretchen­[email protected] net, or to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion and re­fer­ral form, visit the web­site at LMJC.NET.

Judge Don Thomp­son

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From left: Gin­ger Evans, Gregg Rogers, Cassie Keith (sit­ting left), Adam Collins, Jes­sica Ownby (sit­ting right), and Jonathan Touch­stone.

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