Nolen C. Allen Hall houses Bellarmine University's physical therapy program

RehabCare, the rehabilitation division of Kindred Healthcare and the largest employer of rehabilitation therapists in the United States, is partnering with Bellarmine University of Louisville to establish a clinical residency program that will prepare students with specialized training and leadership skills needed to care for older, more vulnerable patients. The program will focus on training physical therapists and is one of just 12 of its kind in the country.

As a leader in aging care, RehabCare looks forward to being an official part of Bellarmine’s prestigious physical therapy doctoral program. “This partnership with Bellarmine represents a natural extension of our commitment to our patients, helping to ensure that future therapists have the expert and specialized training to meet the unique needs of an aging population,” said Patricia Henry, President of RehabCare.

"This partnership, in Kindred's and RehabCare’s hometown, will help Bellarmine students expand their knowledge base, help RehabCare hire, cultivate and retain leaders in its industry, and support Mayor Greg Fischer's vision to make Louisville an international hub for the wellness and aging-care industries,” said Dr. Joseph McGowan, President of Bellarmine University.

We are happy to announce the partnership during Rehab Awareness Week – a time to reflect on the devotion our clinicians show our patients every day and the importance of continually investing in future therapists and patient care. “This is a tremendous opportunity to provide our staff with the resources to become Certified Geriatric Specialists in order to provide our patients, residents and clients with the best possible care, not only in the Louisville area but throughout the United States,” said Barbara Wallace, Director of University Relations for RehabCare. “Retaining the most committed and qualified professionals to care for our patients is a top priority.”

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By RehabCare