Occupational Health


Saint Mary’s  Outpatient Therapy Center offers a comprehensive range of services. The professionals at Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center are here for you, the patient; we want you to get the most out of your outpatient rehabilitation.

Our medical director will monitor your plan of care and progress, every step of the way. The treatment team will work with you to make decisions regarding your treatment and program discharge.

We provide an attractive, low-cost rehabilitation alternative to hospital placement and other expensive medical treatments. Each patient receives an individually tailored, integrated and coordinated rehabilitative program. Our goal is to maximize each person’s ability to function physically, mentally, emotionally and vocationally.

The team at Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center can evaluate your specific needs to determine whether you are a likely candidate for outpatient rehabilitation therapy. If you or someone you know may benefit from our program, contact Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center at 479-968-3733.


Physical therapy is a health care specialty for patients who are physically limited due to an accident, illness, handicap, or injury. It is focused on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual patient. To achieve this goal, exercise, heat, cold and massage are utilized.

Physical therapy is provided by physical therapists who are licensed health care professionals with a master’s or doctorate degree in physical therapy. They evaluate, diagnose, and manage the physical therapy treatment plan, customizing it to the patient’s needs.

Physical therapy is useful in treating many different medical disorders. Sport and orthopedic injuries, neurological and muscular illness, as well as cardiopulmonary diseases are only a few pathologic conditions which physical therapy plays a treatment role in. Through patient and therapist interaction, physical therapy can help restore movement and function helping patients return to their prior level of independence.

Saint Mary’s physical therapists offer a one-on-one approach with every patient and give a thorough evaluation with treatment plans and goals established with each patient’s needs. Our top priority is to aid patients into a quick recovery.

Our licensed physical therapists create a comfortable atmosphere for our patients as they go through the rehabilitative services. You can expect the highest level of therapeutic treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our physical therapist, call 479-968-3733.


Along with physical therapists, our team consists of occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehab aides, social worker, psychologist, dietitian, registered nurse and a physician who oversee care. 

The Outpatient Therapy Center offers treatment options for:

  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Amputation
  • Bone Fractures
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • General Weakness
  • Joint Replacement
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Speech Deficits

Programs offered at the Outpatient Therapy Center include:

  • Nutritional Services
  • Diabetes Education & Self-Management Program (click to learn more)
  • Fluorescein and ICG Angiography
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab
  • Post-Mastectomy Rehab
  • Incontinence Program
  • Work Hardening (Industrial Rehab)
  • Back School
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
  • Industrial/Occupational Medicine
  • Healthy Life Program 
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Low Vision Rehab
  • Fall Risk Assessment / Prevention
  • Flexibility Assessment
  • Osteoporosis Prevention & Management


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are available to help patients adjust to, or overcome, the effects of illness or injury, and address activities of daily living:

  • Dressing, cooking, hygiene
  • Upper extremity – strengthening, flexibility, coordination
  • Mobility in the home
  • Cognitive skills
  • Perceptual skills
  • Adaptive equipment

Our occupational therapists are certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association and are licensed by the State of Arkansas. They are graduates of accredited university programs, holding Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy.

Speech Therapy

Saint Mary’s Speech Language Pathologists have a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and are licensed by the State of Arkansas Board of Examiners. We are in the position to treat our patients from the beginning of their illness in the acute hospital, through their rehab stay, and then in their outpatient program. Our therapists offer speech therapy for:

  • Communication
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Swallowing
  • Speech
  • Hearing Screenings
  • Voice

We offer these services for a multitude of disorders/diseases, such as the following:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Other neurological disorders

Individual therapy sessions are designed to build on the patient’s strengths to improve their communication and processing skills enabling them to become better communicators and more functional in their environment.

Social Services

Disabilities affect more than a person’s physical abilities. They also impact the psychosocial and emotional well-being of the patient and their family. Rehabilitation social workers offer a variety of services to help patients and their families adjust to changes caused by illness or injury.  Saint Mary’s social workers serve as liaisons for the treatment team with patients and families. They focus on family counseling and education on illness and disability. They stay in close contact with physicians, nurses and other professional personnel to help coordinate patient care. Social workers also aid in making a smooth transition from hospitalization to post-rehabilitation care by identifying resources and services needed when patients leave SMRMC. The rehabilitation social service staff are either licensed by the State of Arkansas and have earned graduate degrees in social work, or are under the supervision of a licensed social worker.

Rehabilitation Nursing

Teaching independence is the goal of our rehabilitation nurses. In addition to primary patient care, nurses work one-on-one with patients, helping to retrain activities of daily living, educating in proper medication schedules and addressing patients’ cognitive, physical and social skills. Members of the staff are licensed in the State of Arkansas and are graduates of accredited nursing schools. Nurses hold Associate or Bachelor Degrees in Nursing and may become Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN) after completing specified qualification.




Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Social Services

The Social Services Department at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center works with patients and families, providing discharge planning, short-term counseling, referral to outside resources and assisting with end-of-life issues such as Living Wills and Advance Directives. The Department is staffed with skilled and experienced social workers who have bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

SMRMC social workers specialize in handling medically related issues and work with a variety of patients including victims of abuse, severe trauma, terminal illness, permanent disabilities and drug or alcohol addiction. Social Services is the liaison between patients and family members and the medical team, keeping the lines of communication open. Social workers take a look at the “whole picture,” focusing on patients’ needs following their discharge from the hospital — helping them to adjust to illness and the changes they will be faced with.

There are many support groups, community service groups, social agencies and sources of financial assistance available in the Russellville area for patients and their families. Social Services helps identify these resources and services for patients to help make the transition from the hospital to home as easy as possible.

Members of the Social Services Department are actively involved in community organizations, frequently speaking on topics through SMRMC’s Speakers’ Bureau. Although most patients making a trip to the hospital do not expect to use the services of a social worker during their stay, many find Social Service to be an important part of the health care team at SMRMC.