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Ex-minor league baseball player joins Tuality as rehabilitation director

May 16, 2011

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

A former minor league baseball player with strong ties to Tuality Healthcare and Pacific University has been hired as Tuality’s new director of rehabilitation services. Ben Bertrand, M.S., PT, DPT, started as rehabilitation director on March 14. The native of The Dalles oversees all aspects of rehabilitation services, including inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology services at numerous Tuality Healthcare locations. He also oversees the Tuality Sports Medicine Program, which serves student athletes at Hillsboro, Glencoe, Century, Liberty and Forest Grove high schools.

His first important goal is to make residents of Washington County more aware of the rehabilitation services that Tuality provides. “We need to create a greater awareness of our services,” he said. “We have a very diverse program. Our sports medicine program is first-rate and is a model for many other healthcare organizations.’’

Eunice Rech, RN, Tuality’s chief clinical officer, said Tuality was fortunate to hire someone of Bertrand’s caliber. “He has a very thorough resume that is loaded with experience in both hospital and private clinical settings,” she said.

Bertrand traveled an interesting path to his current position at Tuality. During his undergraduate days, he was a star catcher for the Oregon State University baseball team, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-physical therapy. He spent two years in the farm system of the San Francisco Giants organization before a ruptured elbow ligament halted his dream of playing in the major leagues.

Following that career-ending injury, Bertrand enrolled in the graduate physical therapy program at Pacific University in Forest Grove. He received a master’s degree in physical therapy, and capped that with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2002. He is no stranger to Tuality. He spent five months in the organization completing his final internship program. Bertrand’s career took him to several corners of Oregon. He started in Newport on the Oregon Coast, and then worked in a successful private orthopedic sports medicine clinic in La Grande. His last stop before arriving at Tuality was as rehabilitation director at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.

Ben and his wife, Rachel, have three children, twins Brett and Brittney, 11, and Brooke 7. Plus, the Bertrands are expecting a fourth child in August.

Ben spends a lot of time coaching youth baseball, softball and soccer teams. He enjoys camping, playing golf and skiing. His greatest pleasure, he said, is spending time with his family.

Tuality Healthcare is western Washington County’s only local, full-service, independent health service provider with locations in Hillsboro and Forest Grove. To learn more about Tuality’s commitment to community wellness or to find physician information, visit www.tuality.org