Occupational Therapy Month Staff Spotlight: Adrienne Deak

Occupational Therapy Month Staff Spotlight
Meet Adrienne Deak, COTA/L

How long have you been at Trumbull Regional Medical Center  in this role?
I have been in this role for two years.

Where did you attend school?
I attended Kent State University.

What inspired you to get into this field?
My son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at 8, had an OT throughout elementary and high school. She helped him become a very successful academic student.  My son, Michael, is now a senior at Mercyhurst University and will graduate next month.  Occupational Therapy helped him become the independent young man he is today. 

What are some of your responsibilities in this position? 
I am responsible for helping patients achieve their highest level of independence when completing self-care and activities of daily living in the safest way possible

What are some highlights from your career?
I was appointed to the C.A.R.ES. team in the Fall and feel very honored to have the opportunity to teach those values to fellow employees and be a patient advocate.  I’ve also recently spent time as a Clinical Instructor.  I enjoyed giving back to my alma mater and sharing the techniques I’ve learned since working in acute care. 

Note: C.A.R.ES. is a Patient Experience Program  part of a hospital wide initiative to increase employee communication and patient satisfaction.

What do you like to do for fun?
 I love being outdoors- gardening, hiking and camping.  I also love traveling and practicing yoga. 

What’s something people don’t know about you?
I’m a certified yoga teacher.  I like to infuse breath work and simple chair postures into my therapy.  I enjoy watching the calm “wash” over my patients after a good breathing practice.

What do you like most about working as an Occupational Therapist at Trumbull Regional Medical Center?
I absolutely love the team effort that is practiced everyday at the hospital.  It truly takes all employees to give that one patient the good care they deserve.  I also love the wide range of cases I get to treat from day to day.  Always something new and interesting. 

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