Specialized hand therapy now available for Monument Health’s northern hills patients
SPEARFISH, S.D. (Jan. 13, 2021) – Vanessa Jones, Monument Health Occupational Therapist, recently earned credentials as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), the Hand Therapy Certification Commission Inc. announced.
The CHT credential assures that the therapist treating patients has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession of upper limb rehabilitation. Jones earned the CHT designation after completing all required examinations and clinical studies.
Requirements include at least three years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation. There are approximately 6,200 individuals worldwide hold this marked designation.
Jones has been working as an occupational therapist specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation at Monument Health in Spearfish and Belle Fourche for over 10 years. She is the only certified hand therapist in the Northern Hills.
About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health (formerly Regional Health) is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.