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Beckwith performs PT clinicals at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
Chaz Beckwith, right, is performing his physical-therapy clinicals at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital under the guidance of Jason Rath, DPT, left.

A native of the Larned area is performing his physical-therapy clinicals at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital (PVCH), while treating inpatients and outpatients throughout the facility.

Chaz Beckwith is working under the guidance of Jason Rath, who has earned his doctorate in physical therapy and been a PT at PVCH for 11 years now.

“I appreciate Pawnee Valley Community Hospital for affording me this invaluable opportunity to complete a clinical rotation at this valued institution,” Beckwith said. “I am continuously inspired by the dedication and expertise of the healthcare professionals here.”

Beckwith’s responsibilities include: completing evaluations and assessments; developing treatment plans; monitoring progress; educating patients; and collaborating with other healthcare providers.

“As a student, I am allowed to practice physical therapy with the supervision of a licensed therapist,” said Beckwith. “My goal is to earn my doctorate.

“I have consistently heard commendable reviews about this hospital and its rehabilitation facilities,” he elaborated. “Having now observed these services firsthand, I understand the reasons for such positive feedback. Our goal is to provide the best patient-centered care possible.”

Beckwith added that while he is interacting with his colleagues, “their commitment to excellence in patient care is obvious. This is a supportive and nurturing environment that has truly enriched my educational journey. I know I am being well-prepared for my career as a physical therapist.”

He has a bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University and an associate’s degree in applied science from Arkansas Tech University.

He is studying for his doctorate through Hawaii Pacific University.

Beckwith grew up in Jetmore; his parents, Kyle and Tamra, grew up in the Larned area and still live here.

During Beckwith’s clinical rotation, Rath has noted that “Chaz has a quality that makes him very well-equipped for this profession and, without a doubt, he will succeed. Chaz is knowledgeable and skillful, which leads to excellent patient care. At the same time, he is personable and respectful, which makes him great with customer service. We have enjoyed our experience with Chaz and I wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.”Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, 923 Carroll in Larned, is a 25-bed facility, offering many services not typically available in a smaller facility. Included are 24/7 emergency care; acute, skilled and specialized nursing; surgery; high-tech imaging and laboratory tests; wound care; rehabilitation; and sleep and diagnostic center. PVCH Family Medicine provides the full range of family-medicine services; physician-assisted weight loss; and women’s health services. The hospital’s number is 620-285-3161; the clinic’s number is 620-804-6007.