So Long, Farewell, but Not Goodbye

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By Terry C. Brown, PT, DPT

This is my last letter to you, my constituents, as your president. It is my chance to let you know how important each and every one of you is to our vocation. For the past three years, from the catbird seat of our profession, I’ve been fortunate to view the passion, determination, and intellect that you, our PPS members, are demonstrating. From innovative business models to creative patient care examples, you lead the way in physical therapy. I am excited about our future and see endless possibilities for how you and I will contribute to a healthy population through improving the lives of our patients.

We have accomplished much in the past three years. Highlights include hiring a new executive director, starting the Peer2Peer network, commissioning the largest ever study of private claims data to prove the cost effectiveness of physical therapy, revamping the committee structure of the organization, and restructuring our affiliation and contract with APTA. We have developed relationships and served as a liaison among education, large and small practices, and APTA. This is only a small part of what PPS is doing for each of us.

I realize that in your busy lives it is not always easy to recognize what PPS is doing for you. We do not always communicate as well as we should all that is happening, but be assured that your elected board and its capable committees work with pronounced effort and extreme skill. I urge each of you to look closely at what is being done with your membership dollars and encourage your cohorts to join in our quest to make private practice physical therapy known as the best and most cost-effective solution in health care. Only if all of us work together can we be truly successful.

All of the things that have happened over my tenure have little to do with me, and much to do with those who served with me. Your PPS staff led by Allyson Pahmer works day in and out to make our volunteer organization effective. I could not have done it without her.

The many board members I have served with, including two past presidents, have inspired me, taught me, and made me look good. Thanks to all of you. To my mentors and role models, you know who you are, thanks for bringing a country boy to the big show. To every member of PPS, I hope you are pleased with the support, information, and resources we provide for you.

I will leave you with this thought: Each of us has a responsibility to give back to this profession that has given us so much. Volunteer for chapter, section, or national positions. Become a mentor, a teacher, and pass along your skills. Build up the entire profession every chance you get. Most importantly, give your very best each day to your patients, your staff, and your family.

So long, farewell, but not goodbye. You can’t get rid of me that easily.

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