Local company wins major award

Greg Sills

By Dean

MOUNT PLESANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's all hands on deck at Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston.

RCC is a 15-year-old Lowcountry business which requires its employees to be hands on, quite literally.

"The way we think about patients and the way we treat patients is still the same. Patients are number one.{} You have to get them better.{}That's the whole reason they are here. They are hurting," said Stephen Correia, RCC owner and VP.

The business philosophy has served Correia and his team well through the years.

Mark Rutledge started RCC with Corriea{}fifteen years ago and serves as the companies CEO and Clinical Director.

"Our mission is for every doctor to think of RCC when they encounter a patient with an orthopedic problem and to know that they will get the best rehab possible for that type of problem. {}Therefore, our staff is totally focused on furthering their skill set as it only pertains to orthopedics," said Rutledge.

With seven different locations throughout the Lowcountry (Mt Pleasant, W. Ashley, N. Charleston, Kiawah-Seabrook, Moncks Corner, Summerville and Daniel Island) Correia and Rutledge have the Lowcountry covered with orthopedic care, but they can't do it alone.

Physical Therapist Assistants serve a vital role in the day to day operation and according to a major organization, RCC has the top Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team in the country.

Correia, Rutledge and PTA Greg Sills received the Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.

"PTAs don't get enough credit. For Greg it is a great honor. He is very good at what he does. He has been with us for eight years. He is just as qualified if not more than most physical therapy grads that just come out of school because he's been treating orthopedic and sports medicine patients for eight years," said Corrie.

"Winning the PT/PTA Team Award has been one of the most proud moments in my 10 year career, it's always nice to be recognized by colleague's in your profession and being on a national level makes it ever more special,"{}said Sills.

According to APTA, the Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award honors physical therapist and physical therapist assistant teams who work together in a clinical setting and positively affect the quality of physical therapy care provided to patients/clients in their practice setting as a result of their ability to work as a team.

"Essentially, teamwork has been our key from the top down,"Rutledge said.

From a small three-location operation 15 years ago to a major health care honor, Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston has changed with the times, remain dedicated to their patients and understand that team work is a key ingredient to their success.