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AthletiCo Employees Volunteer Time And Talent To Support Global Medical Brigades

AthletiCo, an Illinois-based leader in physical therapy, fitness, and performance services, recently supported Global Medical Brigades on a medical mission trip to Honduras.

Oak Brook, IL (PRWeb) May 1, 2009-- AthletiCo, an Illinois-based leader in physical therapy, fitness, and performance services, recently supported Global Medical Brigades on a medical mission trip to Honduras. Global Medical Brigades, a sector of Global Brigades, is an international student-operated volunteer organization whose mission is to provide sustained healthcare relief to underserved communities throughout the world.

During the week of April 11, twenty-six AthletiCo employees and nine additional local healthcare providers traveled to Honduras and provided medical services to four rural communities treating close to 900 patients. The group also worked on improving living conditions in the communities by building two stoves, one latrine, and one water storage unit.

AthletiCo supported this medical mission trip by holding a medical supply drive in January at all of its physical therapy centers in Illinois. Various medications, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and even eyeglasses were collected and distributed to the patients and communities in Honduras. In addition, AthletiCo and its employees contributed $7,516 toward purchasing additional medical supplies and helping to offset the volunteer costs of the trip.

AthletiCo physical therapist, Shital Chauhan, PT, DPT, is one of the founders and the chief executive officer of Global Medical Brigades, which annually has nearly 1,000 volunteers travel to Honduran communities to provide services.

"The Honduran people are so appreciative and loving of every single individual that comes down to serve them," explains Chauhan. "Despite the circumstances that they live in, they see the positive sides of life and live each day to their fullest. It's also rewarding to see the empowerment of the volunteers who provide the services through Global Brigades. We really believe that each volunteer can do so much and make the quality of life better in these communities."

This is the second year AthletiCo employees have been involved with Global Medical Brigades, nearly doubling the number of AthletiCo volunteers from 2008. Melissa Marek-Piedra, AthletiCo's Operations Assistant, volunteered this year and found her experience in Honduras humbling.

"When I close my eyes today I see the faces of the beautiful people, both the native Hondurans and the participants from the U.S. who generously gave of their time and effort to help the people of Honduras."

Maxine Olhava
Public Relations Manager

Since 1991, AthletiCo has been the proud provider of rehabilitation, fitness, and performance services to many professional teams, performing arts companies, endurance programs, golf associations, volleyball clubs, high schools, colleges, and events in Chicagoland and Central Illinois.

AthletiCo provides orthopedic rehabilitation including physical and occupational therapy, work rehabilitation, performing arts rehabilitation, women's health therapy, spine control, pediatric physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and athletic training/sports medicine. Expanded services include performance enhancement, fitness center memberships, golf fitness, endurance, nutrition, and massage therapy.

AthletiCo accepts all indemnity, PPO, POS, and WC plans including BC/BS, Humana, Medicare, Aetna (PPO/HMO), PHCS, UHC (PPO.HMO) and many others. As a courtesy to our patients, we verify insurance coverage.

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