Excel Physical Therapy is now known as Athletico Physical Therapy.

Athletico partnered with Excel Physical Therapy in late 2017 with the goal of offering a higher level of service to patients. As part of the progression of this partnership, Excel founder Mike Berlin has announced the rebranding of the Excel clinics throughout Nebraska and in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Athletico Physical Therapy.

“We are excited about where we are today and where we are headed with Athletico as our partner,” said Berlin, who is now regional manager of Athletico Nebraska. “Excel has operated in the Nebraska market since 1988 and has 16 clinics in Omaha, Fremont, Columbus, Grand Island, Lincoln and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Now that Excel has fully rebranded clinics, Athletico has over 475 locations in 12 states.”

Excel first opened in Grand Island in 1996. Jeremiah Johnsen has been the facility manager of the Grand Island clinic since 2009, with staff members Elizabeth Dixson, Susan Hageman, Marcie Ross and Patricia Almanza.

Athletico is growing in Nebraska and will open its 16th location in Elkhorn this month.

To learn more about Athletico locations and services, including free injury assessments and virtual assessments for any injuries, aches or pains, visit athletico.com/Nebraska

Central Valley Ag completes Equine Fitness Challenge

YORK — Central Valley Ag recently hosted its first Equine Fitness Challenge.

The challenge, which focused on horse fitness and nutrition, allowed horse owners to earn points for a chance to win free bags of horse feed. Points could be earned for each mile ridden, with additional points for photo and video submissions of their horse’s fitness journey.

The contest, hosted via Facebook, also included weekly tips about horse nutrition and exercising. The hosts, CVA feed sales specialist Brandi Salestrom and Purina lifestyle specialist Lindsey Kester, shared their knowledge and insight in weekly posts.

The challenge concluded with David Hassett of Cairo in first place with his horse, Hank; Becky Seevers of Cairo in second with her horse, Scotty; and Hassett also in third with his horse, Skeeter.

Course leads way for national ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign

Angela and Raul Funes, owners of Paul Davis Restoration of Central Nebraska and their team of local restoration industry professionals hosted a “Stop the Bleed” training course for company employees as part of a local initiative and national campaign to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Kristi Fraley, trauma coordinator and trauma nurse for CHI Health St. Francis, served as the instructor for the course on June 21.

CHI Health St. Francis offers classes free to the public including local businesses, schools and churches. St. Francis and the Grand Island Fire Department teach the 60-minute course, emphasizing simple bleeding control techniques such as tourniquet application, wound packing, and applying pressure.

According to Fraley, no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will almost always be first on the scene of an emergency. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it’s important to quickly stop the bleeding process.

“We are the first business to go through the highly specialized training in Grand Island and we plan to help promote and support the campaign,” said Angela Funes, Paul Davis office owner.

“Stop the Bleed” kits were provided to Paul Davis course participants for their work vehicles and at the office with easy to follow instructions, gloves, gauze, compression wrap and a tourniquet.

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