KALISPELL, Mont., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) approaching and consumers increasingly placing importance on the social practices of businesses, community efforts have become essential—particularly in the health sector, where securing and retaining patient trust is a necessity. With increased competitiveness expected following the implementation of the ACA, Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) believes many healthcare practitioners may increase their community efforts just to stand out amongst the rest in an increasingly competitive healthcare arena, but Blaine Stimac, CEO of PTA, hopes that therapists and doctors are doing it for the right reasons.
Studies show that for consumers, being socially responsible is not an option, but rather an imperative, when chasing long-term viability:
- Consumers say a company's social responsibility influences their purchase decisions, rating certain actions as more important to them:
- "Being green" (83%);
- Reducing consumption (81%), and
- Contributing financially to nonprofits (65%). (1)
PTA CEO and owner Blaine Stimac says that he is not surprised at the above findings. Stimac feels it should be a duty for professionals to contribute to the communities in which they reside.
"As health care practitioners, we are here to make our patients' lives better—and that includes contributing to the communities in which they reside."
For years, PTA has donated to a different charity each quarter. In the last quarter, the company donated to the American Red Cross, and is hosting an upcoming blood drive on May 30th.
PTA has also made it a standard practice to support its patients' local activities, such as the Bigfork Whitewater Festival, a kayaking competition, by donating $1,000, lip balms with sunscreen, and educational materials for the participants.
Stimac says that he hopes that once the ACA takes effect, healthcare providers don't implement CSR practices just to increase their bottom line—but even if that is the case, he hopes the outcome will still benefit the community.
"Focusing efforts to benefit one's community may be good business, but for me, it's just good living," says Stimac.
In addition to its community services, PTA plans to implement more wellness programs to better meet the anticipated need of its patients.
The proposed services will include:
- Weight loss, cardio-based programs; and
- Programs to treat type 2 Diabetes.
PTA is also preparing for changes in healthcare delivery by developing skill-building programs which enable the staff to grow as clinicians. Through its community contributions, the Montana Physical Therapy Clinic has seen an increase in patients and has generated an overall positive atmosphere among staff.
PTA's team of licensed physical therapists will continue to stay current on the latest techniques and practices through continuing education and an internal fellowship program.
PTA provides Flathead Valley residents free consultations at every location. These free consultations are offered to all local residents who are experiencing discomfort in their joints, limited range of motion, muscle weakness, lack of balance or other related medical conditions.
Interested individuals may schedule a free consultation by registering online at www.ptflathead.com/free-consultation. To learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates, visit www.ptflathead.com.
About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave), Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic), Polson (Polson PT), and Somers (Lakeside PT). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit www.ptflathead.com.
1. "Purpose-Driven Consumers Planning Sharp Increase in Socially Conscious Purchases." Bulldogreporter.com. 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 May 2013. bulldogreporter.com/dailydog/article/purpose-driven-consumers-planning-sharp-increase-in-socially-conscious-purchases-ne.
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