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Hoffman Gift and Learning Center

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene dedicated the Jean and John Hoffman Learning Center, an educational resource for patients, in the Farnum Outpatient Rehabilitation Department.

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The learning center is a resource for patients, physical therapists, and clinical staff offering computer and web-based educational resources. Animated anatomical software allows patients to see and understand the mechanics of their diagnosis or condition giving physical therapists new tools for communicating disease/injury information and treatment techniques. In addition to helping to illustrate a disease or injury, the Jean and John Hoffman Learning Center also offers written and electronic resources for developing and maintaining at-home strengthening and flexibility exercise routines.

This comfortable, convenient setting offers a welcoming place for patients to gather together as peers to discuss their journey toward strength, balance, and ability. It has the ability to seat small groups or multiple pairs, allowing patients to gather together to share solutions, gain affirmation, and offer empathy to one another to fuel continued efforts at rehabilitation.

The Hoffman Family Foundation supported the design, construction, and equipping of the Jean and John Hoffman Learning Center with a generous gift to Cheshire Health Foundation’s Hoffman Spine Fund. This special fund founded in 2006 by Jean and John Hoffman serves as a resource to align the hospital’s assessment and treatment of back-related conditions with the most recent medical evidence.

The Hoffman Spine Fund has supported many advances in diagnosis and treatment for back conditions at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. The goal is to engage the patients in therapy—in partnership with the treatment team—to achieve the greatest benefits possible using the least invasive methods. The resources added as a result of this funding help people to “own” their health and wellness and reach for greater results by integrating back care principles and exercises into daily life.

With the generous support of the Jean and John Hoffman, rehabilitation services have added new evidence-based, effective, treatments for back care that allow staff to relieve pain, while increasing mobility, flexibility, and ability. Two therapists have undergone years of training to become certified in the Maitland and McKenzie approaches. The Hoffman Family Foundation also funded the purchase of a 3-D Active Traction Table, allowing therapists and patients access to cutting edge treatments in low back care.

All of these accomplishments have been possible because Jean and John Hoffman came to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene with a proposal to help the hospital offer the right treatment at the right time. They were willing to fund training, equipment, and construction to fulfill that goal. It is this kind of engagement and partnerships that make goals come true.