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May 05, 2022

Cedarwood’s Morel proves the extra mile is the norm with Rock Valley Physical Therapy


It’s how Scott Morel sees Rock Valley Physical Therapy and how feels about those he shares each day with at RVPT’s Muscatine, Iowa-based Cedarwood clinic.

Calling that unique bond “special’’ might not do it justice.

“There are some businesses that will tell you they are a family, but I live it here with all these wonderful people,’’ said Morel, who serves as a Performance Enhancement Specialist at Cedarwood, though there is not a task hel will not do to benefit the overall good of Rock Valley Physical Therapy.

“The people inside these walls and throughout Rock Valley truly exemplify what family is about. We care about each other and we care about the patients we serve. It’s unique to others, but normal to us.’’

Recently, Morel went the “extra-mile’’ for a Rock Valley Physical Therapy patient, though the “extra mile’’ is commonplace among everyone who calls Rock Valley home.

For going above and beyond to insure the safety and well being of that patient, Morel is Rock Valley Physical Therapy’s “Making Better Lives’’ recipient for April, 2022.

A 13-year RVPT veteran, Morel received a framed certificate and will have $200 donated in his name – and the names of his daughters Sanaai and Ericka Morel – to the Rock Island, Ill-based Clock INC:LGBT+ community center.

“It was a family decision,’’ Morel said of the donation destination. “They do great work there and we – as a family – are working to help others understand inclusion.’’

The patient, who was set to rehab a recent knee replacement, suffered a stroke. But through great work by RVPT therapists Kelly-Jeffers-Gray (MOT, OTR, L) and Ty Wagg (PT, DPT), he has made tremendous strides in dealing with the stroke and the knee replacement.

 Recently, the patient’s spouse was called to attend an urgent issue out of town.

So Morel being Morel and the Cedarwood family being the kind and caring group it has always been, reached out and let the patient know Morel would be over to check on him and help him to bed. Morel connected with his Cedarwood mates to get food set up for him while his wife was away.

The extra effort is commonplace.

“I’m touched by being recognized,’’ Morel said of the “Making Better Lives’’ honor. “He (the patient) is a great person and someone we all have come to care a great deal about. I marvel at the tremendous work Ty and Kelly have done and I see great things to come. I just try to do whatever is needed and work to make our clinic a special place. Again, it’s not me, it’s everyone.’’

And that can-do attitude is what is so unique and special about Rock Valley Physical Therapy apart.

By: Johnny Marx, Storyteller