Jersey Shore Hospital

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy helps individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities acquire a greater degree of independence and/or recovery.

Our Occupational Therapists offer creative solutions and alternatives for performing daily activities following an injury or illness.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting adults and children with physical and mental disabilities adjust to everyday living activities and achieve their maximum functional potential.

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Occupational Therapy at Jersey Shore HospitalActivities of Daily Living

  • Preparing Meals
  • Performing Job Duties
  • Using a computer
  • Doing Laundry
  • Caring for self and family members
  • Playing sports

Patients who may benefit from Occupational Therapy may
suffer from the following:

  • Work-related injuries, including repetitive stress injuries
  • Limitation following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Birth injuries, learning or developmental disabilities
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries or amputations
  • Broken bones or injuries from falls, sports, or accidents

For questions concerning outpatient therapy, please call 570-398-3111.

Inpatient Occupational Therapy

The focus of OT for our inpatients is helping them to care for themselves after an illness, surgery or injury. Our therapists partner with the Nursing staff, Physical Therapists and physicians to provide a team approach in meeting our patients needs.

In Home Evaluations

Our Occupational Therapists are able to perform "at-home" evaluations to identify potential safety hazards, such as poor lighting, throw rugs, crowded furniture and other fall hazards.

These evaluations are done before a patient is discharged from our hospital. Recommendations for change are then provided to the patient and other family members.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Individuals with medical conditions, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and tendonitis are treated on an outpatient basis. Our Occupational Therapists have a variety of treatment options that may encourage healing and prevent too much interference with daily activities.

For questions concerning outpatient therapy, please call 570-398-3111.

Occupational Therapy Team

Laura German Laura German , MS, OTR/L, CHT
Laura German is from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. Laura manages the Occupational Therapy Departments at both Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and Geisinger Tiadaghton Health Services in Lock Haven. Laura is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist. In 1997, Laura received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University. In 2001, Laura received her Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Misericordia University. In her spare time, Laura enjoys counted cross stitch, shopping, reading, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ruby C. Stetts Ruby C. Harkey, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ruby, from Jersey Shore, is a licensed, certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital who works closely with the Occupational Therapist to provide patient care. Ruby received her Associate’s Degree in applied science in Business Management from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1991, and then received her Associate’s Degree in applied science in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Ruby enjoys treating orthopedic and geriatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys Penn State University football, sports, gardening, riding motorcycle, and socializing with family and friends. Besides taking great pride in her work at Jersey Shore Hospital, Ruby spends her time raising her four children, attending their sporting events, and enjoying PSU football. Ruby strives to make a new friend every day and is often found telling her patients that she treats the “inside” as well as the “outside.”


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