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Tomah VA Medical Center


Ability Gym

You Can Do It, We Can Help!


The Rehabilitation Clinic Renovation and Expansion or “Ability Gym” is a $1.6 million project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was completed on September 11, 2010.  With the changing Veteran population and advancement in rehabilitation technology, an integrated rehabilitation center provides Veterans state of the art rehabilitation services.   


“Physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiotherapy and speech language pathology staff is now integrated to enhance collaboration for patient care delivery,” said Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Program Supervisor Kris Valest.   “The decision to name it the Ability Gym was based on our mission to maximize patient’s functional abilities with the theme of ‘You can do it. We can help.’ 


Highlights of the Ability Gym include a rehabilitation kitchen and bathroom, overhead support system for safety during walking, stairs training and functional movement, balance training including “wii-hab”, and fitness machines. Private evaluation rooms have been created, allowing for greater privacy, and a patient education room will offer classes and patient support. Future plans also include the development of recreational and functional outdoor courtyard in which rehabilitation concepts will be included.


Two events are planned in January which will feature the Ability Gym and the new Veterans Fitness Gym located just down the hall:

  • January 6, 2011—Ability Gym/Veteran Fitness Gym Open House.
  • January 26, 2011—Healthier U.S. Veteran “Get Fit for Life Night.”
  • Dr. Bradley Zupancich will present “Exercise like a Caveman,” and how physical activity impacts muscles, joints and organs.