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From left: Judy Gromley, S & T Bank; Lucy Adonozio, Clarion University SBDC; and North Fork Rehabilitation Inc. owners, Joe Sansom, Bud Baughman, and Amy Baughman.

Ribbon cutting from left: Bud Baughman, Amy Baughman, Michele Burgeson, Judy Gromley, Joe Sansom, Jewel Sansom, and Lucy Adonozio.


Boasting one of the only aqua-therapy pools in the region and all of the latest physical rehbilitation equipment, North Fork Rehabilitation Inc., held the grand opening of its new facilities in the Brookville Industrial Park, just off the Hazen exit of I-80, on August 8.

With the assistance of Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the dream of owners Joe Sansom and Bud and Amy Baughman, to offer the best of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, culminated in a little over a year.

Lucy Adonzio, business outreach consultant for Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center, who helped the owners with their business plan, presided over the opening ceremony. She presented North Fork with a plaque of recognition from Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

North Fork Rehabilitation was incorporated in 1994 and Sansom and both Baughman’s have worked in the Brookville area for over 20 years. They also have an office in New Bethlehem, which draws additional clients from Armstrong County, and coordinate home health care services for Brookville and New Bethlehem. But, they wanted to provide more service.

“We were looking for an opportunity to have a rehabilitation clinic with an onsite pool,” said Sansom. “We wanted something to call our own, to provide convenient rehabilitative and aqua-therapy to the area. But we didn’t know where to start.”

That is where Lucy Adonzio and Clarion University’s SBDC came into play. North Fork Rehabilitation contacted the SBDC and Adonzio helped them work on a business plan.

“Lucy took us through the stages,” said Sansom. “She gave us all projects to complete.”

“Lucy was great and she is still a big help,” added Bud Baughman. “She recommended we go through a review process, then she helped us pull it all together for presentation to banks for funding.”

S & T Bank’s Judy Gromley accepted the business plan and granted the loan needed to build the facility. Mohney Construction of Brookville was contracted for construction and Bob Connor of Brookville for the landscaping. Ground was broken in the Brookville Industrial Park, just off the Hazen exit of I-80, a little over a year ago and the building was occupied in May 2008.

“We wanted to keep things as local as possible,” said Sansom about the construction phase of the project. “We rely on the community and we want to give back to the community.”

Brookville Hospital utilizes North Fork Rehabilitation as its rehabilitation department. “The Brookville Hospital has been very supportive of our efforts,” said Baughman.

Patients referred to North Fork Rehabilitation will find up to date equipment and convenience. The aqua-therapy pool is the centerpiece. Featuring three different depths of water it can be operated as an endless pool with water jets providing a resistant current for arm and leg rehabilitation. All of the remaining rehabilitation machines and weights are state-of-the-art.

North Fork Rehabilitation employs three therapists, three therapist assistants, and four secretaries. Appointment hours include evenings and early morning. For information call 814-849-6878.

Michele Burgeson, constituent assistant for Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), also attended the grand opening and presented a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate.

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center is partially funded under Cooperative Agreement No. 5-603001-20040-25 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the co-sponsor(s)’ or participants’ opinions, findings, conclusion, recommendations, products, or services.

All programs and services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis. Clarion University's SBDC provides free and confidential management assistance and counseling to both start-up and existing businesses. Counseling appointments at several convenient locations in northwestern Pennsylvania may be made by calling 814-393-2060 weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

8/22/2008 11:05 AM

Rehabilitation Center opens with SBDC help