Category Archives: News Releases

Listen to the First Swing Adaptive golf event information from the WRVA interview

We are so excited that Jimmy Barrett (WRVA) interviewed Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Services at Sheltering Arms, about a special golf  opportunity for people with disabilities. To learn more about the “First Swing” event on April 26th and/or register for this exciting program, call (804)764-5275 or go to our website:


Sheltering Arms Patient Inspired by Oscar Pistorius at the London Olympics

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

iWALK and iREACH Feature First-in-the-Nation Collection of Physical Therapy Technology

 (Richmond, Va.) – A high-tech revolution is underway in physical rehabilitation, as more and more amazing new devices are becoming available that can help medical and therapy professionals to help injured individuals.  Bringing many of these devices into one place, Sheltering Arms is launching the iWALK and iREACH Recovery Centers, a first-in-the-nation collection of rehabilitation technology that are used by expert clinicians to help patients discover the power to overcome disability.

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Sheltering Arms Hires New Chief Financial Officer

After conducting a nationwide executive search in collaboration with healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Sheltering Arms in Richmond, Va., has hired Michael Dacus as chief financial officer. An experienced financial executive, Dacus will assume his new duties at Sheltering Arms immediately.

“Michael has a proven track record of enhancing revenue growth and successfully translating complex financial concepts into information that is understandable and actionable,” said James Sok, president/chief executive officer, Sheltering Arms. “Michael is a great addition to our senior-leadership team.” Continue reading

Lisa LaFata Powell Appointed Chairman of Sheltering Arms Board

(Richmond, Virginia) – Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy rehabilitation provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa LaFata Powell as chairman of its Board of Directors.


Ms. Powell has been prominent in the Richmond area for decades, starting as an anchor and reporter at WTVR-TV from the middle 1980s until the middle 1990s.  Since leaving WTVR, she has worked as not only a freelance journalist but also an adjunct member on the faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.


Ms. Powell is extremely active in the community, giving her time to multiple organizations.  She has served on Sheltering Arms’ board since 1999 and has also served on the board at Children’s Hospital, the Richmond SPCA, Theatre IV Children’s Theatre, The Daily Planet and the National Conference of Christians and Jews (Richmond Chapter).  In addition, she has given her time to the Christian Children’s Fund, Make Women Count, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many other local organizations.


Ms. Powell will serve a two-year term as chairman of Sheltering Arms’ board. She resides in Hanover County with her husband, Lewis, and three children.




About Sheltering Arms

Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services.  To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook. ( or Twitter (


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Stephanie Sulmer

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Dry Needling Therapy and Nick Hopson on WRIC 8 Medical Minute

Sheltering Arms Honored With Best Place to Work in Healthcare AGAIN!

For the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years, Modern Healthcare is honoring Sheltering Arms by naming them one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare, a program that honors the 100 top healthcare employers in the United States. Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy healthcare organization, is the only organization in Virginia to receive this honor in 2011. They were also named to the list in 2010 and 2008.

“I can’t describe the pride I feel at Sheltering Arms being awarded this honor,” said Sheltering Arms CEO Jim Sok. “Sheltering Arms provides an exemplary environment in which our employees do remarkable things, and it’s very rewarding to be recognized for providing that environment. We are proud of all our employees and their work in helping patients find the power to overcome setbacks that result from injuries and illness. We get tremendous support from our Board of Directors, who really value our employees and are committed to making Sheltering Arms a wonderful place to work.”

Currently in its fourth year, Modern Healthcare conducts this program to recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a
national level. From economic development to employee retention, being named one of the
Best Places to Work in Healthcare benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry.

The program collected information from both the employer and employees and was open to all companies (providers, suppliers, payers, associations, etc.) with at least 25 employees. Employers completed a survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. Employees were asked in-depth questions that resulted in an analysis of 8 core areas: leadership and planning, culture and communications, role satisfaction, working environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits and overall satisfaction.

A full alphabetical list of organizations honored in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work is available at

This award is just the latest given to Sheltering Arms for its superior business practices. In May, Sheltering Arms received three local Employer All Star awards, including the top award for its size. Additionally, the organization was just named as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the U.S.

Pioneering Rehab Technology Installed at Sheltering Arms

The following release was issued on November 9 by Sheltering Arms:

Richmond, Virginia (November 9, 2010) – A new breakthrough in rehabilitative therapy that’s designed to help patients regain the ability to walk is now available for patient use at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital in Hanover County, VA, marking the first field implementation of the pioneering device anywhere in the country.

The first-of-its-kind device – called ZeroG – is the world’s most advanced body weight support system for overground walking and balance training. Sheltering Arms is the first health system in the nation to purchase and install the device. The system allows a patient to walk unencumbered across the room and keeps them safe from falls. Therapists are able to make adjustments from the patient’s side, using an iPod Touch that is connected wirelessly to the ZeroG.

ZeroG was developed by Bioness Inc., the Valencia, Calif.-based company that is recognized as the leading research and development firm in the field of rehabilitative technologies. The technology allows patients to begin intensive physical rehabilitation and weight-bearing exercises at the earliest possible stage in their recovery. It was developed and tested at the National Rehab Institute in Washington, D.C.

In addition to incorporating ZeroG into its regimen of rehabilitative care, Sheltering Arms will serve as a demonstration, education and training site, working with Bioness researchers and support staff on an ongoing basis.

“Sheltering Arms has had a longstanding commitment in embracing new and emerging technologies in rehabilitative care,” said James E. Sok, president and CEO of Sheltering Arms. “We are not only excited by the promise that ZeroG holds for our patients, but we are particularly proud to be selected by Bioness as the nation’s first implementer of this breakthrough device. We also look forward to serving as a regional training site for this and other new technologies as well as growing our partnership with Bioness, a firm that is a well respected leader in rehabilitative innovation.”

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Sheltering Arms Honoring More Than 50 Years of Service By Richmond Artistic Icons

The following release was issued on October 13 by Sheltering Arms:

(Richmond, Virginia) – The Junior Board of Sheltering Arms and the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital is announcing the celebration of five decades of artwork produced by Richmond artistic icons Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick for Sheltering Arms’ longest-running and most successful annual fundraiser – the Bal du Bois.

Watkins and Riddick have been associated with the Bal du Bois since 1956, when they were approached in their small modern design store by a member of the Sheltering Arms Junior Board. At the time they were asked if they could wrap up their passion, pizzazz, and panache for the theatrical into a backdrop for a fundraiser for Sheltering Arms Hospitals. They agreed, and have contributed their artistic talents creating “sets” for the event every year since, including their masterpiece for the 2010 Bal du Bois held earlier this year.

Sheltering Arms is celebrating Watkins and Riddick by displaying renderings of their Bal du Bois works over the decades at the Sheltering Arms Hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover County. These renderings will be dedicated at a ceremony to be held at noon on Thursday, October 14 (8254 Atlee Rd in Mechanicsville). The renderings will be displayed permanently.

“The display of these works is in honor of the generosity and years of service by Robert and deVeaux to Sheltering Arms,” said James E. Sok, Sheltering Arms President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sheltering Arms appreciates the uniqueness that their aristic talents have brought to this important fundraiser.”

The Bal du Bois, or “Woodland Ball”, began in June of 1957. In that first year, the social event raised $8,500 for Sheltering Arms. By 2000, proceeds to the hospital from the event reached $100,000 annually. Funds raised from the Bal Du Bois help pay for medical care and provide financial assistance for patients who have suffered setbacks from illness and injury.

About Sheltering Arms Hospitals
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook or Twitter.


Sheltering Arms Adds Established Physical Therapy Practice for the Benefit of Patients

Sheltering Arms issued the following news release today, September 30, 2010:

(Richmond, Va.) – Two area physical therapy leaders are joining to offer expert care in helping people overcome pain and immobility. Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers have acquired the established practice of PT Works, LLC in Richmond’s far West End.

PT Works, a highly successful practice operated by Matt Wren, M.S., P.T., will now operate as a division of Sheltering Arms. The strengths of both Sheltering Arms and PT Works will combine to offer valuable service for patients in need of expert sports medicine and orthopedic physical therapy.

Since its inception, PT Works has specialized in the treatment of sports injuries and has been known for its quick turnaround in scheduling physical therapy appointments, getting to the “why” behind injuries and engaging patients in individualized treatment to get them better faster. Sheltering Arms offers an extensive network of medical and health and wellness services to support patients throughout their recoveries, and a strong reputation for quality rehabilitation that the Central Virginia community has come to know and trust.

“Matt Wren has built a very strong physical therapy practice and we are thrilled and honored to have him and his therapists join the Sheltering Arms team,” says James E. Sok, Sheltering Arms President and Chief Executive Officer. ”With PT Works as a new division of Sheltering Arms, we have the opportunity to offer our clinical services in the far West End – an area of town that has not previously benefited from a convenient Sheltering Arms outpatient therapy center.”

PT Works is located in the Martin’s shopping center at 2296 John Rolfe Parkway.

About Sheltering Arms
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook ( or Twitter (