APTA Member Cathy Ellis to Chair CARF Board of Directors

Physical Therapist Ellis Seeks to Grow Rehabilitation Services 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, December 10, 2008 – American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member Cathy Ellis, PT, was elected to serve a one-year term as chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Board of Directors. Her term begins on January 1, 2009.

"We are confident Ms Ellis will bring her considerable talents and expertise to advance the mission of CARF - to provide consumers services that are of the highest quality," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD.

"I look forward to working with CARF to grow their accreditation services and to meaningfully improve the lives of persons served by those in health and human services," Ellis said.

Ellis has served on the CARF Board of Directors since 2006. She previously served on the CARF Board of Trustees, forerunner of the CARF Board of Directors, from 2000 through 2005.

Ellis is director of physical rehabilitation and the clinical director of the spinal cord program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC. Ellis is also a clinical instructor in health care sciences on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and serves on the advisory board of the physical therapy program at Marymount University.

Before joining the NRH in 1985, Ellis practiced for eight years at George Washington University Hospital. She has held numerous leadership positions within APTA including working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat at www.moveforwardpt.com, and find a physical therapist in your area at www.findapt.us.