CBI opens doors in Border City

By Geoff Lee

July 5, 2017 3:07 PM

Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers, second from left chats with staff of the new CBI Health Centre at 3810 51 Ave. prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 4. The new facility has a staff of four that could grow to between 15-18 within two years. Geoff Lee LSS Photo

We can rebuild you.

That’s an ideal unofficial motto for CBI Health Centre, which celebrated the grand opening of a Lloydminster clinic at 3810 51 Ave., with an expandable team and health services.

Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers joined company officials for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday.

“It’s a good time to start for us,” said clinic manager and physical therapist, Ryon Haggard, about opening on America’s Independence Day.

“We’ll get to figure things out and feel what the community needs.

“I’ll meet with community groups in the next few months to determine how we can provide them with services that they may not have at this point, or don’t have the access they wish they had.”

The Lloydminster clinic is part of the CBI Health Group, the largest provider of community healthcare services in Canada.

The Lloydminster CBI Health Centre is the 21st location in Alberta, and the 251st in Canada.

They initially started the business with a multidisciplinary staff and services to treat a mix of motor vehicle and workplace injuries, as well as sports injuries.

The clinic will provide greater accessibility for patients needing vestibular therapy, concussion management, dry needling, employer injury services, ergonomic assessments and return-to-work planning.

“We are trying to increase the accessibility in Lloydminster to all those services,” said Haggard.

A vestibular therapist is trained in determining the vestibular dysfunction involving the inner ear, or problems with dizziness.

“From meetings with physicians, there are some practitioners that do offer components of vestibular therapy, however, our goal is to increase the overall accessibility so there is no delay in receiving treatment,” said Haggard.

CBI Health Centre opens with about 5500 sq. ft. of space, with plans to hire between 15-18 professionals, as services grow over the next couple of years.

“Obviously, we built a facility here that is able to expand as the community needs grow, and as our clinic grows in capacity,” said Haggard, who also manages the CBI clinic in North Battleford, Sask.

The initial list of services provided in Lloydminster resulted from discussions CBI professionals had with local physicians, community groups, and clients at other locations.

“The bulk of our work comes from business to business – third party insurance relationships that we have with WCB Saskatchewan, WCB Alberta, SGI, and all of the Alberta insurance companies for auto as well,” said Gary Thorne, vice-president, CBI’s Alberta Rehabilitation Services.

“That’s the service segment that we are most interested in serving for
Lloydminster, as well as the athletes on the weekend that have concussions and sports-related injuries.

“It’s a good service option for sports in Lloydminster.”

Haggard said CBI’s concussion management program is based on a computerized neural cognitive test, where they can establish somebody’s neural cognitive function prior to an injury to create a benchmark.

“When they suspect they have a concussion, it allows us to better analyze their post injury neural cognitive function, to help us determine if they have suffered a concussion,” he said.

“Once they have a concussion, we would then provide them with a protocol and help them return to play.”

CBI currently provides concussion management to players in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“My goal would be to meet with local high-risk groups—such things as hockey, football, boxing,” said Haggard.

“We’ve worked with those types of groups in our other centres.”

CBI’s network extends beyond physical therapy, to include occupational therapy, home care, and a wide breadth of services.

People can also refer themselves to CBI Health Centre.

“So anyone who’s got extended health benefits, or they want to pay privately; they can come in directly without a physician’s note,” said Thorne.

“If you are in a car accident, you are typically referred by a physician or by the insurance company.”

The Lloydminster clinic staff includes a clinic administrator, a kinesiologist, and a dry needling physiotherapist, with specialized equipment available.

“We have some modalities; we have a large gym facility housing all the equipment we need for that – functional conditioning, cardiovascular conditioning, general regional conditioning for shoulder and knee injuries and so on,” said Haggard.

They also have equipment for dry needling, as well as concussion management tools.

The Lloydminster CBI clinic will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with pre-scheduled community programs in the evening.

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