Occupational therapy makes difference


From St. Rita’s Medical Center



When Marsha Dresbach was young, her grandfather was ill and she decided she wanted to enter the medical field when she was older. During her first quarter at Ohio State University, she learned about occupational therapy and decided it would be a good fit for her because of the area of opportunity that went with it.

“One thing that caught my attention was the creative aspect of the profession —designing and fabricating custom splints, creating pieces of adaptive equipment to assist patients to become more independent, and problem solving individualized activities to assist patients in meeting their goals,” Marsha shared.

Marsha has been with St. Rita’s Medical Center for almost 25 years as an occupational therapist. She is a part of the outpatient rehabilitation departments in the Ottawa and Delphos clinics.

In her time with St. Rita’s, Marsha has had many experiences in making a difference in patient’s lives. One patient in particular was a quadriplegic and was going to be on bed rest for an extended period of time. Marsha created an adjustable table top that could be attached to a bedside table and would allow the patient to read magazines and use a tablet.

“I enjoy the aspect of my job that allows me to be creative to make a difference. I have made several pieces of equipment for patients over the years to assist in their independence or to assist in improving their function. I was taught at a very young age by my parents and extended family that helping others and making a difference is the right thing to do with your life. I hope that I can continue making a difference.”

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From St. Rita’s Medical Center

This is part of a monthly series of stories submitted by St. Rita’s Medical Center marking the 100th anniversary of the hospital.

This is part of a monthly series of stories submitted by St. Rita’s Medical Center marking the 100th anniversary of the hospital.

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