Community funding for therapy pool rolling in

More than $35,000 in donations have been received to keep the aquatic therapy pool at Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Port Angeles operational.

In addition, all donations from the public received from an Aug. 23 fundraiser at Bar Hop Brewery at 124 W. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles, will go toward funding the capital improvements, OMC Foundation officials announced.

Presented by Sequim Health and Rehabilitation and Crestwood Health and Rehabilitation, which also have made a major donation to the project, “Hog Wild — A Night of Games, Suds and Grub,” will feature a pig roast, Bar Hop Micro Brews, several games and music by the band Three Too Many.

Get tickets by calling the foundation office at 417-7144.

Persons unable to attend the event may send checks to the foundation at 928 E. Caroline St., Port Angeles 98362, earmarked “Support the Therapy Pool.” All funds received are donated to OMC for the pool improvements, OMC Foundation officials said this week.

After hearing of the imminent closure of the therapy pool in early July, an anonymous donor has committed to donating $25,000 — half of the $50,000 needed to purchase a new pool liner and other needed renovations — if the donation is matched. Because of the presenting sponsors’ donation, foundation officials said they are confident that they can raise the additional $25,000 needed to make necessary capital improvements to the therapy pool. The liner is expensive because of the pool’s features, which includes an underwater treadmill and an adjustable floor.

Olympic Medical Center announced at its Aug. 6 board of commissioners meeting that the therapy pool will remain open and staff is working on a plan for financial stability – one that includes the raised $50,000 for the pool liner – to sustain the therapy pool service into the future.

“We have sponsored and donated to the foundation for several years now and we are pleased to be a part of the effort to make our local medical center a great rural center,” said Ed Ebling, Sequim Health and Rehabilitation administrator.


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