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Memorial Hospital staff members Cindy McGrath, physical therapy assistant (left); and physical therapists Michelle Mattei and Patty Keane (right), with Freedom Elementary School Student Council members during their recent visit to the hospital. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Students from the Freedom Elementary School Student Council presented Memorial Hospital with a check for $250. The student’s donation will help to provide support services for patients and families of patients in the Memorial Hospital Emergency Department while they wait for release from the hospital.

During their visit to Memorial, students were treated to educational tours of the Family Birthing Center and Rehabilitation Services. The students were able to see where babies are born at Memorial Hospital and learned about the different health-care services that are provided in each of these departments.

Rehabilitation services is a specialized health-care team comprised of occupational, physical and speech therapists. The goal of rehabilitation services is to help people regain maximal independence following illness, injury or surgery. Rehabilitation staff members Patty Keane, Michelle Mattei and Cindy McGrath demonstrated to the students a different techniques for helping people rehabilitate from a variety of injuries.

“We are so grateful for the student’s generosity,” said Melody Nester, communications and development manager at Memorial Hospital. “It is truly inspiring to see elementary aged students concerned about the welfare of others who work and live in their community, and commit to doing what they can to help others.”

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