Keely Howard
Keely Howard (Courtesy)
Faith Community Hospital announced the addition of Keely Howard to the hospital’s physical therapy program. The appointment comes as the local health care provider has seen an increase in demand for local therapy services.

“Keely has been a wonderful team member here at Faith Community Hospital, and we are all thrilled about her recent accomplishments and desire to further her career in health care,” said Frank Beaman, CEO and administrator of FCH. “Growing local talent is important for not only our organization, but for strengthening our local community.”

Howard is not new to FCH as she has worked with the hospital for more than a year in the medical records department. Having recently passed the exam to become a licensed physical therapy assistant, she then applied to work in the hospital’s physical therapy department.

A native of the region, Howard graduated from Jacksboro High School before briefly moving to Phoenix, Ariz., where she attended Gateway Community College to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assisting. She also obtained a degree in massage therapy from The Bryman School, which is an essential skill in her vocation.

“It’s been my passion to help people, and having the opportunity to work in physical therapy is an absolute privilege,” Howard explained. “Jacksboro is home, and I’m thrilled to be able to work in my hometown doing what I love most.

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Physical therapy is an approach to rehabilitation that utilizes various forms of exercise and equipment which are specifically designed to assist people in regaining or improving their physical strength and functional mobility.

Licensed therapists work individually with each patient and their physician to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. Goals are outlined based on the patient’s condition and a program is carried out that focuses on meeting recovery goals.

As a licensed assistant, Howard will work with patients to see that each patient carries out the therapy programs designed by the therapist.

Common after debilitating accidents or a surgical procedure, physical therapy works by restoring a patient’s ability to function by minimizing their physical impairment. Those who suffer from congenital or acquired conditions also have much to benefit from a physical therapy program.

If you have recently suffered from an accident, are recovering from surgery, or have a medical condition that you think might benefit from physical therapy, ask your doctor if a rehabilitation program is right for you.

“There are countless communities across Texas that lack recovery services,” Howard added. “Together with Faith Community Hospital, we are ensuring that the last thing you have to do when recovering is having to travel great distances for treatment.”

Physical therapy services are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at FCH. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 940-216-2261.