25-Year Physical Therapist Assistant at HealthSouth Fayetteville Honored as A Finalist in Companywide Award


Mary Nell PlumleeMary Nell Plumlee, a physical therapist assistant at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Washington Regional, has been helping patients regain independence for more than 25 years. Her guidance, leadership and dedication to patient care – especially patients battling Parkinson’s disease - have put her in the spotlight as a recipient of HealthSouth’s companywide Outstanding Employee Achievement Awards.

Mary Nell, one of only six finalists out of more than 27,000 HealthSouth employees across the country, was honored for this annual recognition at an award banquet held yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Award winners are selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of the 121 hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six finalists were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the company.

As one of the original employees of HealthSouth Fayetteville, which reaches its silver anniversary later this year, Mary Nell has found a special niche in working with Parkinson’s patients and is the founder of a Parkinson’s disease community exercise group. She is trained in the PWR: Parkinson, Wellness and Recovery and BIG® therapy programs that provide specialized training for Parkinson’s patients. Mary Nell serves as the program champion for the hospital’s Joint Commission disease-specific care certified Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation program.

“Mary Nell consistently motivates her patients and peers with compassion, enthusiasm and a genuine smile that is always present. For over 25 years these attributes have benefited hundreds of patients in the northwest Arkansas community,” said Jack Mitchell, FACHE, CEO of HealthSouth Fayetteville. “Mary Nell has been a role model for students and peers while maximizing the patients’ potential to return home. It is an honor to recognize Mary Nell Plumlee.”

Her responsibilities as a physical therapist assistant include helping patients recovering from major illnesses and injuries such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations reach goals and reclaim their independence.

To learn more about Mary Nell, view this brief video here.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Washington Regional, is an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients northwest Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and southwest Missouri and is located at 153 East Monte Painter Dr. in Fayetteville and on the Web at www.healthsouthfayetteville.com.

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at www.healthsouth.com.

Source: HealthSouth Corporation

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