Rooks County Health Center (RCH) appointed Scott Carpenter, PTA, as the new Director of Physical Therapy (PT). Carpenter takes over from the previous director, AJ Thomas, who was recently named as RCH’s Chief Executive Officer.
Carpenter essentially created RCH’s Therapy Department in 2003 while the hospital was at its former location on 304 S. Colorado Street in Plainville. At that time, he was not only RCH’s initial physical therapist but for some time after, the only staff member for the department. He received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Colby Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education-Health Promotion from Fort Hays State University.
Carpenter takes the helm just as Phase 2 of the current hospital expansion project nears the construction phase. The new addition will be a dedicated rehabilitation center housing all of RCH’s rehabilitation services, which include Physical, Occupational, Speech and Respiratory Therapy, as well as Cardiac Rehab and Athletic Training services.
Asked about the changes he has witnessed in the department over the years, Carpenter said, “It’s really kind of mind boggling everything that has happened. That first year at the old hospital, we converted three patient rooms for PT use. I developed the policies and all the necessary forms basically from scratch, painted the walls and acquired the equipment. I still laugh when I remember my office was the obstetrics room, so every time a baby was due I got kicked out of my own office.”
New CEO, Thomas, is enthusiastic for Carpenter’s new role, “We’ve gone from a department of one, that one being Scott, to having a staff of ten. We’re on the verge of seeing a whole new wing of the hospital dedicated to rehabilitation and wellness. Scott is one of the reasons physical therapy services are available at RCH, and there is no one better qualified to take the department into the future.”
Carpenter shared his vision, “We’re going to continue to build on the groundwork we’ve laid out over the years. Identifying and implementing best practices, methods and technologies to deliver the quality of care that RCH is known for. This department has grown to become one of the best in the region, expanding to offer a wide range of the highest quality services for our patients and that will continue into the future.”
Carpenter lives in Plainville with wife, Michelle, and children, Alex and Addilyn. Daughter Brianna lives in Hays. He is the son of Tom and Beverly Carpenter of Stockton.