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New Physical Therapist joins CCMH staff


After experiencing a 62 percent increase in physical therapy procedures in the last five years, Crawford County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of physical therapist Jeremy Hoppe, DPT, to its staff.

Jeremy HoppeHe joins fellow therapists Gail Schlueter and Jamie Gross in a department that has seen demand steadily rise from 10,675 procedures in fiscal year 2005 to 17,166 procedures in 2010.

Hoppe graduated from Des Moines University this spring with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He successfully passed his licensing exam shortly thereafter and began work at the hospital on July 6.

His new position at CCMH represents reaching a goal he set nearly 10 years ago. It was then, as a teenager, that he knew he wanted to become a physical therapist after experiencing the benefit of therapy firsthand.

“I had a lot of sports-related injuries when I was younger,” said Hoppe. “The physical therapist I went to was able to help me continue playing sports and doing the things I liked to do. I wanted to be able to provide that same service to others.”

With physical therapists in high demand and dozens of hospitals, nursing homes and other agencies currently advertising PT jobs just in the state of Iowa alone, Hoppe chose Crawford County Memorial Hospital for a number of reasons.

“I really felt comfortable with Gail and the rest of the staff here in Denison,” said Hoppe. “I liked the idea of working with therapists with a lot of experience who could mentor me and answer my questions.”

And what about that new hospital?

“The fact there is going to be a brand new facility built was definitely appealing to me,” he said with a smile.