HealthSouth Presents Amputation Rehabilitation Course at National Conference


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– The Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference is the most anticipated event for the limb loss community and will take place in Tucson, Arizona, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, featuring the nation’s top amputee experts and new technology. In the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million people living with limb loss according to The Amputee Coalition with approximately 185,000 amputations occurring in the United States each year.

HealthSouth inpatient rehabilitation hospitals are a leader in amputee physical rehabilitation with access to the latest technology and treatment for people who have had an amputation. HealthSouth hospitals offer the clinical, technical and professional expertise needed to help patients progress toward total independence.

“The Amputee Coalition is pleased to be able to partner with HealthSouth again this year to offer its Amputation Rehabilitation course for professionals at our 2015 National Conference in Tucson,” said Susan Stout, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “This course is important, as it is designed to assist professionals who work with amputees on an everyday basis, which of course helps our constituents. By working closely with the professionals in the industry, we are achieving our mission to reach out and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.”

On Wednesday, July 22, UVA- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital therapy team leader, Heather Carpenter, MSPT, ATC, and HealthSouth Valley of the Sun physical therapist assistant, Lonnie Coughran, will present an abbreviated version of the HealthSouth Amputee Rehabilitation Course at the conference. Heather received a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2002 at Medical College of Virginia and is also Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC). She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in sports medicine at the University of Virginia in 1998. Heather has been an educator for the HealthSouth Amputee Rehabilitation Course since 2010.

HealthSouth’s Amputation Rehabilitation Course is a one-day comprehensive and interactive course designed for healthcare providers who work with limb loss patients discussing issues and treatment from the time of amputation through prosthetic delivery and gait training. Attendees will gain confidence from the course through the rehabilitation and management of amputee patients.

“I am part of a team of clinicians that includes physical therapists, nursing and prosthetist who developed this comprehensive course to educate clinicians how to effectively treat the amputee population in all phases of their care,” said Heather. “It is an honor to present our HealthSouth amputee education course on a national level at the Amputee Coalition National Conference and it be adopted as a national standard of treatment.”

Continuing education units are available for physical therapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare providers. To learn more about The Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference and to register, visit or call (401) 766-4142.

For more information on HealthSouth’s amputee program, visit or call your local HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

About UVA- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
UVA- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is a 50-bed hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and sports medicine rehabilitation services. These programs are designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives. Serving patients throughout the Charlottesville area, the hospital is located at 515 Ray C. Hunt Drive and on the Web at

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 33 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

Source: UVA-HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

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