JACKSON, MI – Kevin Barclay not too long ago celebrated 30 years with Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, P.C.
However 2020, he mentioned, was probably the most troublesome yr by far on account of COVID-19.
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists gives bodily remedy, athletic coaching and efficiency teaching in a number of mid-Michigan communities. It closed 4 of its eight places and furloughed 100 staff by the primary week of April.
To fight this setback, Barclay, co-owner/CEO, and his staff members applied telehealth, a digital strategy to join with sufferers and guarantee their wants had been being met. This innovation in companies, merchandise and applications earned Barclay the 2020 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Enterprise Individual of the Yr award.
At first, Barclay mentioned it was troublesome to attach with sufferers nearly.
“Some sufferers didn’t have entry to the web and a few didn’t know the way to connect with the go to,” he mentioned.
Over time, although, telehealth labored and now 1 / 4 of the visits are performed nearly, whether or not it’s on account of dangerous climate, or if somebody has to quarantine, Barclay mentioned.
John Waldron, County Nationwide Financial institution president, additionally helped information Orthopaedic Rehab to the Paycheck Safety Program, Barclay mentioned. The mortgage, meant to assist companies preserve their workforce employed through the pandemic, helped Barclay deliver again all staff by the top of June, he mentioned.
Barclay and ORS fashioned a committee throughout the firm to implement cleansing protocols to comply with COVID-19 pointers, and has not too long ago introduced in 16 plexiglass shields to make his sufferers extra comfy as they proceed to socially distance.
“We went from having 4 on the peak of all the things, to having 11 clinics operating by December,” Barclay mentioned. “That’s only a character of our folks and the work ethic.”
In highschool, Barclay was energetic in sports activities, well being, and health. As soon as graduated, his father, who was part of the United Cerebral Palsy Affiliation, prompt he look into bodily remedy, one thing “that not many individuals knew about on the time,” as a profession.
Barclay graduated from State College of New York at Buffalo in 1988, with bachelor of science levels in bodily remedy and train science. He’s additionally a licensed athletic coach and a licensed specialist in sports activities bodily remedy.
Barclay additionally has labored with Jackson Public Faculties on a program that introduces bodily remedy to college students early of their schooling.
“I believe the occupation is certainly rising and individuals are staying energetic later of their life for positive,” Barclay mentioned. “Our progress not too long ago has been to offer alternatives for our younger folks. They’re invested in each offering the care and likewise being part of the group.”
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