Barnesville’s Cancer Recovery Exercise Class a Success

“Bridging the Gap” a six week exercise class designed specifically for cancer survivors recently concluded at Barnesville Hospital. This free class was made possible by funding through the American Cancer Society Virginia Gasaway Community Investment Grant. Seven participants became the first official graduates of this program on March 22, 2012.

Participants attended the one hour class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 12 sessions. They were instructed in exercises to strengthen and stretch target areas of their bodies to assist them to recover from the effects of cancer treatments and deconditioning. Participants increased their range of motion, improved their strength, and were educated on lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and fitness.

An additional six week class began on Monday, March 26, 2012. The instructors are Vicki Burghy, physical therapist, Barnesville Hospital, and Raquel McGee, exercise physiologist, Barnesville Hospital. Both instructors are certified Cancer Exercise Specialists, a certification they achieved this year through coursework and testing.

Classes will be offered throughout the year. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. For information regarding upcoming classes, please call 740-425-5176.

Serving as an advocate in improving the wellness of people in our community is part of the quality services which earned Barnesville Hospital recognition as a HealthStrong Award Winner. In the first comprehensive rating of Critical Access Hospitals, Barnesville Hospital was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as one of the top one hundred Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. This tremendous honor is based on 56 performance indicators including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. For more information about Barnesville Hospital and its services, visit the hospital website at Barnesville Hospital, find us on Facebook at Barnesville Hospital Association, Inc. or call (740) 425-5158.