Published on June 30, 2016

Holzer patient shares her story

Norma Wiseman and Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Staff

Norma "Jean" Wiseman, second from right, is shown with Holzer staff from the Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

When Norma “Jean” Wiseman needed shoulder surgery, she didn’t hesitate about where to go.

“I had a reverse total shoulder surgery at Holzer Center for Joint Replacement in Jackson, Ohio,” stated Wiseman. “I have not had any pain from the time of surgery, not even incision pain. The staff told me that they could help me, and they took care of my problem. I can move my shoulder in any direction.”

Following surgery, Wiseman was on the Gallipolis Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and attended Therapy sessions at Sycamore Clinic.

“I was driving within three weeks, it was projected to take me 12,” Wiseman said. “The care was marvelous.”

Wiseman is a former Holzer employee, working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for 28 years. Wiseman retired in 1982 and is still very active, celebrating her 86th birthday this past March.

“I couldn’t have asked for any better. The whole experience was wonderful.”
Wiseman is a resident of Gallipolis, Ohio, and enjoys spending time with her godchild, Jeannie Wilson.


The Holzer Center for Joint Replacement showcases orthopedic specialists, who will assess and treat your condition. And, if joint replacement is needed, our experienced surgeons will operate using the most advanced technologies and the latest minimally invasive procedures to ensure that your recovery is not only rapid, but as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Our orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are dedicated to restoring your mobility and your strength using the most advanced surgical, medical, pain management, and rehabilitative therapies available today, so that you can return to enjoying the everyday activities you enjoy most — at whatever pace you choose.


The Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a 29 bed unit located on the 5th Floor of our Gallipolis hospital. The Inpatient Rehab Unit meets the rigorous standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a medical rehab facility. Holzer provides the highest quality rehabilitation services to restore each patient to his/her maximum level of independence at home and in the community. Individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient and adjusted as goals are met. Team members help patients with chronic illnesses or physical disabilities achieve their greatest potential and strive to return patients to a productive and independent lifestyle.

Holzer Therapy Services include Physical, Occupational, Therapy, Aquatic, Massage Therapy, Work Conditioning and Work Hardening, Functional Capacity Examinations, Lymphedema/Complete Decongestive Therapy. Highly trained professionals are focused on helping patients achieve and maintain good physical health through fitness training, education, and rehabilitation. Individualized therapy sessions and flexible scheduling allow for speedy evaluations and quick entry into our therapy programs. Our patients include individuals with chronic disease, illness or injury, neurological deficits, balance and walking challenges, motor delays, repetitive trauma injuries, cognitive-visual deficits, age-related degenerative disorders, musculoskeletal problems, orthopedic needs, as well as speech, communication and swallowing disorders. Holzer offers Outpatient Therapy Services at Gallipolis, Athens, Meigs, and Jackson locations.

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