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Contagious "Crazy" CompassionFor Travis Ross’ patients at Kindred Hospital Westminster, laughter is the BEST medicine. This certified occupational therapy assistant makes a difference by bringing fun, music and play into his treatment sessions. Travis consistently goes above and beyond with our patients at Kindred Hospital Westminster and it really makes a difference. This is what some fellow staff members say about Travis:"He brings laughter and fun into every treatment." - Rehab Director Marty Ardron"He always gets the patients to participate and have a good time." - Respiratory Supervisor Vicky Silva"Travis knows what will inspire the patients and integrates that into the treatment. They seem to forget it’s therapy and just have a good time." - Occupational Therapist Pam RiegelPatients have positive comments as well:"I look forward to seeing Travis. He makes my day.""There’s never a dull moment with that guy."Travis’ spirit transcends to all hospital staff. He involves nursing and respiratory staff into really knowing the patients and their families. His "team spirit" is so contagious that he is even invited to staff baby showers and an RN bachelorette party! And yes, he attends them. Travis is consistently mentioned in the customer satisfaction survey with patient and family comments about how much they appreciate the special attention they received, such as, "Thank you, Travis. You made my stay and workout fun. Thank you for helping me return home. I MADE IT!" When he found out that a particular patient liked classic rock and roll music, Travis brought 15 CDs from his own collection for the patient to enjoy while he was here. The music was blaring and the patient was moving. Travis helped a long-term patient create a collage with the pictures of staff members that she had befriended during her hospital stay as a reminder of the special people that cared for her during her time at Kindred. He often makes a point to visit patients that are no longer on his rehab worklist and makes it a point to wish all the patients a good farewell as they are being discharged. These instances are not isolated but examples of activities he involves patients with on a daily basis.
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