Casa Colina builds patient confidence

first_imgCasa Colina is located at 255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona. Its mission is to provide individuals the opportunity to maximize their medical recovery and rehabilitation potential efficiently in an environment that recognizes their uniqueness, dignity and self-esteem. Casa Colina, meaning “house on the little hill,” was founded in 1936 by Frances Eleanor Smith in Chino. In a farmhouse, “Mother Smith” created a place to care for young children with polio, working to teach them how to regain their mobility and self-confidence. In the process, she developed breakthrough therapies for these polio patients. Her work was recognized by President Franklin Roosevelt, himself a victim of the then-dreaded disease. After polio was basically eradicated by the development of the Salk vaccine in the early 1950s, Casa Colina broadened its services to care for patients of all ages with all sorts of physical injuries and disabilities. It was the first facility to assemble an interdisciplinary treatment team to collaborate with physicians, the first hospital to manage chronic pain, and the first rehabilitation center to offer a continuum of care for those with brain injuries and other neurological trauma. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Typical shifts are four hours long. The second area is helping to cover the front desk in the main lobby. Duties may include answering and directing phone calls and directing visitors to the appropriate person or area. Again, hours are flexible and coverage is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The final area is in the Human Resources Department. Duties include answering and directing phone calls, directing visitors and general office work. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; preference will be given to applicants available from 1 to 5 p.m. Volunteers will be given an application form, asked to get a TB test, have an interview, and go to an orientation. Even if you start out answering phones, you will learn about other openings and can try to match your interests with available positions in the rehabilitation center. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Michelle Goins at (909) 596- 7733, Ext. 2209. Send information about your organiz- ation to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— VOLUNTEER NOW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As a matter of fact, at this point in time, Casa Colina is working with about two dozen returning veterans from the Middle East. The hospital offers acute rehabilitation, ventilator weaning, and a senior evaluation program. Outpatient services include adult day health care, audiology, children’s services (from one month to 15 years), outdoor adventures, and outpatient rehabilitation. There are also residential day treatment programs and long-term residential programs. Fred Aronow, director of the Casa Colina Foundation, said, “We look at each person individually to figure out what is really the best medical and rehabilitation solution for this person.” At the moment, Casa Colina is looking for volunteers in one of three fields. The gift shop needs people to open and close, greet and help customers, work on inventory, pricing, cashier duties, and the accurate recording of all monetary transactions and receipts. Hours are flexible and can be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from last_img read more