Murphy Named Coordinator of Halifax Health|Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports, Recreation and Wellness Programs - Free Community Programs Available to Residents with Physical Disabilities

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (November 2, 2018) – Elizabeth Murphy, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, has been named the coordinator of the Halifax Health|Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports, Recreation and Wellness programs.

A recognized leader in providing a system of world-class rehabilitation solutions, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brooks Rehabilitation offers the most comprehensive adaptive sports and recreation programs in the United States.  As the coordinator for local programs, Murphy oversees the weekly activities in the Daytona Beach area which currently include: on-water rowing, ergometer rowing, bowling and billiards, with yoga and boccia expected to be added in the near future.  Special event activities include: fishing, adaptive cycling, surfing, horseback riding, golf, water skiing and a bowling tournament. Both recreational and competitive opportunities are available.  

“What many people do not know about this community program is that there is no charge for these activities and they are open to participants of all ages with physical disabilities,” Murphy explains, adding, “No experience in performing these activities is required for participants as equipment and instruction are provided.”

In addition, Murphy is charged with coordinating wellness programs focused on fitness and education, with an emphasis on stroke wellness, in partnership with the Volusia-Flagler Family YMCA.

Murphy is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in recreational therapy.  Her experience in working with persons with disabilities includes an internship with the Lakeshore Foundation – a Paralympic training facility in Birmingham, Ala. – and implementation of an international adaptive sports training program in Thailand.

“One of my goals is to make more people, with and without disabilities, more aware of opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  I also hope to help those with disabilities rise above stereotypes and live healthy and independent lifestyles.  I believe changing traditional attitudes towards disability is imperative in ridding society of stigmas, and the activities we are offering through these programs are steps in the right direction,” Murphy says.

To learn more about Halifax Health|Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports, Recreation and Wellness programs, click here or call 386.871.3024.

About Brooks Rehabilitation

Brooks Rehabilitation has been serving the Southeast for more than 45 years.  As a nonprofit organization based in Jacksonville, Fla., Brooks operates one of the nation’s largest inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. with 160 beds, one of the region’s largest home healthcare agencies, 32 outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a skilled nursing unit dedicated to orthopedic rehabilitation, the Brooks Rehabilitation Medical Group, two skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and memory care.  Brooks will treat approximately 45,000 patients through their system of care each year.  In addition, Brooks operates the Clinical Research Center, which specializes in research for stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and more to advance the science of rehabilitation.  Brooks also provides many low or no cost community programs and services such as the Brooks Clubhouse, Brooks Aphasia Center and Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation to improve the quality of life for people living with physical disabilities.  For more information, visit BrooksRehab.org

About Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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