In 1998, PTSC established a scholarship program for the purpose of affording area students the chance to further their education and grow stronger, empowered communities. PTSC is excited to have awarded over $110,000 of scholarship money to over 100 area students (some scholarships were renewed). In 2016 an endowment of over $200,000 was transferred to Community Foundations of the Ozarks to continue the legacy PTSC created.
Scholarships were previously established in the names of Megan Spence, Julie McGoldrick, Tyler Simer, Kyle Gilliam, Cynthia Holloway-Coatney, Julie Douglass, Marisa Hathcock-Spalding, Christel AraSmith-Chester, and Nathan Murphy. These continue to be awarded to students in Douglas, Howell, Wright, Oregon, Shannon, and Texas counties. Candidates are selected based on personal and leadership qualities, academic accomplishments, grade point average, financial need and community service and are open to any field of study.
PTSC feels very fortunate to have the support of many community members, businesses, and individuals who donated their time, money and energy to help us create the endowment and scholarship program.
Dig For a Cure
Dig for a Cure began in 2008 to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. To raise funds PTSC sells t-shirts, pink bracelets and ribbons in honor of individuals affected by breast cancer. PTSC hosts volleyball matches with participating schools, including Missouri State University-West Plains, West Plains High School and Mountain Grove High School. Over $11,000 has been raised to support organizations like Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. To keep up to date on future events contact PTSC or "like" Physical Therapy Specialists on Facebook.
Purpose and Mission
Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic, in collaboration with Missouri State University and HASS, are excited to begin work on SOARHigh phase II. This project became effective January 1, 2018 and is a continuation of Phase I. Unlike Phase I, however; Phase II will be geared more towards health intervention, rather than risk identification. Phase I, initiated in 2014, revealed significant disparities and potential health risks for our area residents and students (80% lacked proper nutrition, 39% had high blood pressure, 20% pre-diabetic, etc.). With the help of area educators, local professionals and health care providers, we hope to develop a program that will improve and reduce potential health risks to area youth. PTSC will be working closely with area students, educators, and health professionals to positively influence healthy life habits.
The goal of the project is to address future health trends that impact student life via the education and involvement of local youth. The consortium determined that improved sustainable health education and training is not only a need but a goal that can be accomplished by engaging middle school, high school, vocational, and higher education students in community based health focus groups. Each SOAR High Youth Health Focus Group (YHFG) will be facilitated by a team of supportive adult educators, health care professionals and community leaders. Adult health care students, school nurses, and/or public health representatives will provide specially targeted health presentations to the focus groups to reinforce their knowledge base and provide community connection. The project also…
- Provides improved mechanisms for health care education and training
- Increases youth engagement in health decision making processes and local community health
- Creates opportunities for collaboration between health care providers, educational institutions, economic development entities and other stakeholders
- Provides Health Risk Assessments with wellness follow-ups.
- Builds stronger regional and community cohesiveness for problem resolution through collaboration.
- Offers long term potential for improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs
This program has the potential to positively influence the habits and wellbeing of our youth before they develop negative life patterns; thus paving the way for a healthier, more productive community for the future.
For more information please call PTSC at 417-256-5669 or 417-926-5699.
Despite having a rare form of cancer and undergoing invasive chemotherapy treatments, Mindy Lahey Hughston had a never-quit attitude that included her studies at Missouri State University-West Plains. She graduated in 2008 with an associate's degree in nursing and went on to work in labor and delivery.
Mindy continued giving to and serving others until her death in 2010. A high-tech classroom in Looney Hall, the home of health programs at Missouri State-West Plains, has been named in her honor, ensuring that she has a legacy that won't quit, either.