Zach’s Story


There’s no fire and that’s not a new process to clean the floor at GVMH’s Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic on Ohio Street.  What you are looking at is staff matching a patient’s rehabilitation needs match real world activity.

Zach Morales Recovery

At age 30, Zach Morales is the youngest patient ever to receive a total knee replacement from Dr. James Womack at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare. Zach is a resident of Clinton and is a firefighter for the Sedalia Fire Department. His job duties require a higher level of fitness than most occupations; Zach has to be able to climb ladders, lift and carry objects, crawl on the floor, and drag hose all while wearing about 70 pounds of gear. Zach began his physical therapy at GVMH Rehab & Wellness in Clinton one week after his surgery and has continued 3 days a week since. He has worked hard at physical therapy at each stage of his rehabilitation, starting with range-of-motion exercises in the beginning and progressing to job simulation activities such as lifting weights, carrying weight, and dragging weight (in this case his therapist, Jeanna Thomas, DPT).

According to Zach, “The decision to have a total knee was a difficult one for me, as well as my family. The uncertainties associated with the procedure and returning to work, given my career, were worrisome. The staff at GVMH Rehab were extremely helpful in calming those worries. They are all very professional and knowledgeable in their field, which made the rehab process much easier. They make each person’s situation important and find the best plan for each case. I hope to never need rehab again, but if I do, I won’t think twice about coming here again.”

GVMH Rehab & Wellness offers services in Clinton, Warsaw and Windsor. For more information about what services are offered in your area, call 660-890-7190.


Photo: Zach Morales and his therapist, Jeanna Thomas, DPT identify unique exercises that will allow him to recover and perform his duties as a fireman.            

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s