Category Archives: Sheltering Arms Hospitals

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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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 (


  Media Contact:


Stephanie Sulmer

Director of Public Relations

804-342-4329 /

Sheltering Arms lends Habitat for Humanity a hand during APTA Conference

Last week while the APTA was in New Orleans, leaders had the opportunity to participate in a service project working with Habitat for Humanity in the 9th Ward.  APTA put together a video of the project and two of our wonderful SA leaders – Katherine Baucom and Alison Seger of Sheltering Arms – are interviewed in the video.

Sheltering Arms Valentine’s Day Surprise a “Mech Moment”

The Valentine’s Day surprise for patients at Sheltering Arms’ Hanover County inpatient hospital was named a “Mech Moment” by the Mechanicsville Local this week!  For more details on the surprise, read this post.  A scan of the image in the Mechanicsville Local is below!


Mechanicsville Local, February 17, 2010

A Valentine’s Day Surprise at Sheltering Arms

Valentine’s Day may be two days away, but the celebration was well under way at Sheltering Arms’ inpatient hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center today.  A former patient arranged for a quartet to perform for our current patients in honor of Valentine’s Day!  Some pictures are below.  Click the images to see larger versions.



Video: Sheltering Arms Stroke Accreditation

As announced earlier on this blog, The Sheltering Arms Hospital recently received a huge honor — a Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation through The Joint Commission with no requirements for improvement!

The video below celebrates this achievement

Sheltering Arms Receives Gold Seal for Stroke Rehabilitation

07_goldsealOn Thursday, January 21st, The Sheltering Arms Hospital accomplished something that few healthcare organizations are able to do – a Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation through The Joint Commission with no requirements for improvement!

This certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission means that Sheltering Arms’ Stroke Rehab program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care.

We are very proud to share news of this designation, which signifies our organization’s dedication to clinical excellence and reinforces that Sheltering Arms continues to be the #1 choice for physical rehabilitation in Central Virginia.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs throughout the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Sheltering Arms Redesigns Outpatient Clinic for Optimal Patient Care


Sheltering Arms recently unveiled a newly remodeled outpatient clinic on the campus of the Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover County. The administrative departments vacated this space over the summer, when they moved to the new headquarters in Henrico County. Shortly following the move, demolition and construction began to convert the space into an optimally planned therapy and physician clinic.

dsc00667The new Hanover Rehabilitation Center offers expanded physician clinic space, where four Sheltering Arms Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians see patients by appointment. Additionally, outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy services moved from another medical office building on this campus into this freshly remodeled space. The physical therapy area includes private treatment rooms and a spacious therapy gym with the latest equipment. The new clinic not only allows for smooth and efficient communication among clinicians, but also convenient and easily accessible services for Sheltering Arms patients.

Sheltering Arms Webcam Story on WRIC TV

There were quite a few media stories last week about Sheltering Arms’ decision to make webcams available to patients whose visitors are unable to enter patient areas due to new restrictions.  The restrictions were put into place to slow the spread of H1N1.  To continue allowing patients the all-important face-to-face support from all loved ones, Sheltering Arms set up webcams connected to Skype, and are making them available for restricted visitors.  More information is in Jason Myers’ story below!

Sheltering Arms Webcams in the News

stephanie-h1n1webcamsBe sure to tune your TV to the local news tonight, to hear all about Sheltering Arms’ new webcam initiative.  The webcams were purchased and set up to be used by residents of Sheltering Arms’ inpatient facilities at Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center whose loved ones are unable to visit with them due to new restrictions.  The visitation rules, which went into effect today at all area hospitals and are designed to stem the spread of the H1N1 virus, restrict visitors from entering patient areas if they are under 18 years old or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. These restrictions are expected to continue until spring, 2010.

The new webcams allow patients all important contact with their loved ones, even if those loved ones are unable to actually visit face-to-face.  TV stations WTVR-6 and WRIC-8, as well as the Richmond Times-Dispatch, sent journalists to Memorial Regional today for stories on the webcams.  Be sure to tune in your TV tonight at 6pm and 11pm, or set your DVRs!  Also, check out the Richmond Times-Dispatch tomorrow for the story!

Pictured: Sheltering Arms Director of Public Relations Stephanie Sulmer is interviewed by the media today about the organization’s new webcam initiative.