A man that suffered back injury was in the rehabilitation unit at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) and hit a milestone – he walked 50 feet that day. In honor of his achievement, a UAPB football player did a pushup for each one. Amazing experiences like these were shared when a group of players from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions football team visited JRMC.
According to Assistant Director of Development for Athletics Dr. Ryan Watley, the activity was motivated by Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander’s desire to enhance UAPB’s partnerships, assessments, and service. JRMC’s Rehabilitation unit was chosen because it was a unique opportunity to strengthen their existing partnership, while creating new relationships with individuals undergoing phenomenal care.
“We strategically designed the visit to stir up their gift of humility,” Dr. Watley said. “The visit was of service to all involved and left a lifetime story to share.” Watley noted that a consistent visitation schedule is being developed. He also noted that this was only the beginning of many activities in Pine Bluff and beyond to facilitate competitive résumés, while personally developing student-athletes.
“It could not have worked out any better,” said Wendy Cash, case manager and registered nurse in the Rehabilitation Unit at JRMC. “The patients were thrilled. [The players] visited with [the patients] and hugged and loved on them. Their personalities were so wonderful, warm and accepting. [The patients] talked about it all day. They were great ambassadors for [UAPB].”