On June 23, the Shady Grove Adventist campus held its annual Golf Classic at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Frederick, Md. The event benefitted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital and Adventist Behavioral Health.

As an extension of the event, Adventist Rehabilitation teamed up with the club on an adaptive clinic for rehabilitation patients. It offered a special golf cart and teaching support from recreational therapists.

“In recreational therapy, our goal is to get patients back to the things they enjoy doing,” says Mary Kate Cross, recreational therapist at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. “This enables them to get back to life.”

Seven former and current patients attended. Many had experienced a stroke, amputation or spinal cord injury. While some had golfed for years, others had never tried. All said the clinic was a great opportunity to “get out” and realize their potential.

“They may not have participated in golf again after their injury but doing it this way, they feel like it’s a safe environment,” says Cross. “They can do the things they used to do but the therapists are here to help them.”

Adventist Rehabilitation is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. It was also the first to hold certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International in all four specialty programs in a five-state area that includes WV, DE, VA, MD and DC. The specialty programs include stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation.