Littleton, Colo. – HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton is challenging other local healthcare organizations and accepts the challenge from sister hospital HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More than 100 HealthSouth Littleton staff members, patients and supporters will gather on the front lawn of the hospital, located at 1001 W. Mineral Ave., on Friday, Aug. 22 at 11:00 a.m. and douse themselves with ice cold water.
A barbecue lunch will be provided to those who make a donation to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association which supports local individuals who have ALS through support, research and advocacy. Representation from the organization will be present at the event.
“The Ice Bucket Challenge is a great way to highlight the care that is provided to those with neurological conditions, including ALS, at our hospital and in the community,” says David Shefte, CEO of HealthSouth Littleton. “We hope our peers in the healthcare field will join us in raising awareness and have a little fun at the same time.”
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It causes muscle weakness especially in the arms and legs and affects one’s ability to speak, swallow and breathe. HealthSouth Littleton provides customized therapy plans for those battling ALS which may include physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Those interested in participating are asked to contact Lisa Hinton for more information at 303 334-1134. A bucket, water and ice will be provided, but please bring a towel and a change of clothes.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton is a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Denver metro area, the hospital is located at 1001 W. Mineral Ave. in Littleton and on the Web at www.healthsouthlittleton.com.
HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues and number of hospitals. Operating in 28 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.