Ritter recognized by Creighton University
Northern Arizona Healthcare also recognized for its work as a teaching hospital in the field of occupational therapy
Northern Arizona Healthcare serves as a teaching institution for masters and doctoral students from various universities. Hands-on learning is integral for occupational, physical and speech therapists, as well as for nursing and physician interns.
Currently, there are four interns at NAH, two in Cottonwood and two in Sedona, earning their doctorates in occupational therapy.
Recently, Mark Ritter, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with Northern Arizona Healthcare's Entire Care Rehab & Sports Medicine, was awarded the Occupational Therapy Clinical Educator of the Year Award by Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Ritter was nominated by Sheri Choe, a Level II fieldwork student from Creighton. Ritter, who works at the EntireCare location in Sedona, spent three months with Choe teaching her the art and science of working with people during occupational therapy intervention.
Occupational therapy interns at NAH are properly oriented and trained before taking on a full caseload under direct supervision.
The occupational therapist discusses with the intern their strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement. The goal is to make the intern as knowledgeable as possible by providing information and techniques that take most therapists years to learn.
The Occupational Therapy Clinical Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to three fieldwork educators at local, distance and Alaska fieldwork sites, and are nominated by the occupational therapy student body of Creighton University in recognition of role model excellence in clinical practice and leadership.