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Patients benefit from new bariatric parallel bars purchased by Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Foundation

Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Foundation donors provided funding for the purchase of a new set of bariatric parallel bars for the hospital’s inpatient physical therapy department.

The new bars have a higher weight capacity and an ergonomic design for better patient comfort, can be adjusted for use by people of varying heights and are wheelchair accessible.

Parallel bars are used in physical therapy to help patients increase their core strength, coordination and endurance; regain or improve balance; and, in some cases, re-learn to walk independently.

“We are sincerely grateful for the support of our local community and the tremendous efforts of the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Foundation,” said Ryon Hokens, Therapy Services manager. “These efforts allow us to make necessary comfort improvements for our patients and residents.”