Herr Elected to APTA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Roger Herr, PT, MPA, COS-C, who was elected this week to the APTA Board of Directors at House of Delegates in Boston!

“I am honored and excited to serve on the APTA Board of Directors. I look forward to the assignments and activities, which will clarify my specific tasks,” Herr said in an email. “Special thanks to the PTWA delegates who tested me with questions, supported me personally and reached out to other delegates on my behalf!”

Herr has served in his share of leadership roles in both PTWA, and the New York Chapter. He is not only he well versed in the health care reform arena, he has also served on task forces and technical expert panels working with the changes that are happening in post acute care, which, according the past PTWA president and APTA board member Janet Peterson, make him the right man for the job.

“Roger is exceptionally qualified for this position, having previously served at the national level as president of the Home Health Section and member of the Government Affairs Committee, as well as board member and Chief Delegate for PTWA,” Peterson said. “Having served as an APTA board member, I can tell you that it is a help to PTWA to have someone on the APTA Board who is familiar with the exceptional members we have in our state and can help to inform APTA staff when a PTWA member could assist with a national issue.”

Again, many congratulations, Roger!


Gersh Receives EWU Trustees’ Medal

Eastern Washington University selected  PTWA Eastern Washington At-Large Director Dr. Meryl Gersh, PT, PhD, to receive its Trustees’ Medal Award, the highest form of recognition for faculty achievement the university bestows.

Gersh has taught at EWU since 1985 and will serve as chair of its Physical Therapy Department starting in the fall. In a recent email, Gersh said she chose to become an educator because she wanted to help more patients than she could see in a day. “I now believe that I indirectly touch thousands of patients each day – because indirectly I touch each patient of each student whom I’ve taught over the years,” she said.

APTA selected Gersh for the Lucy Blair Service Award which she will receive next week in Boston at PT 2010. PTWA also named her Physical Therapist of the Year at 2010 Spring Conference.

Read more about her award at: http://www.ewu.edu/gme/top_story.php?id=1400

The Lacey SAIL Trail

The Thurston County Fall Prevention Coalition, with the help of some Fort Lewis soldiers, installed these great Stay Independent and Active for Life exercise stations along the walking path by the Lacey Senior Center!

Check out what else PTWA and coalition are working on to keep seniors on their feet!