The Rehab Department at Myrtue Medical Center is thrilled to welcome Sam Arentson, Physical Therapist, to its group of clinicians. Sam grew up in Harlan and had his first exposure to physical therapy as a post-surgical patient after a football injury during the 2004 state championship game.
“Before that, I didn’t know anything about PT,” Sam said. “I enjoyed going for my appointments—they were pleasant people to be around. Turns out they still are.”
Sam was inspired to study physical therapy and received his doctorate degree from the University of Iowa in 2011. His first job was for Montgomery County Hospital in Red Oak. From there he was promoted to rehab director at CHI in Corning.
Although happy in Corning, Sam and his wife, Katie, wanted to be closer to family. Both Sam and Katie’s parents are still in Harlan along with grandparents on both sides. So when the Physical Therapy position opened at Myrtue Medical Center, the timing was right to make the move.
Sam said he is excited to be returning home to be around family but also to experience working in a bigger therapy department. “I think it’s always healthy to have more people to bounce ideas off of,” he said.
Sam started work at the Myrtue Medical Center’s Rehab Services on September 25. He and Katie have three children, ages six, five and three.