Spirit Magazine - September 2013 - (Page 135)
AIR-OMA THERAPY Kate Odorizzi’s post-injury rehab took place in a familiar environment.
Healing One of Our Own
How a Flight Attendant benefited from the Airline’s generosity.
Red and canyon blue. These colors are more
to me than just elements of Southwest Airlines
branding; they represent a feeling of coming
home each and every time I step onboard.
About two years ago, I was injured while
performing my duties as a Flight Attendant.
When I started my recovery journey at St.
Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane,
Washington, I never imagined that I would
be met with these familiar hues.
In 2012, Southwest landed at St. Luke’s
Community, a 2,200-square-foot therapy
area where people recovering from injury
or illness learn to be independent again in
models of real-life settings. When I walked
into St. Luke’s Community for the first time,
I encountered a very familiar sight—the fuselage of a canyon blue plane. This particular
plane, which has been converted into a therapy
module, is the product of a special partnership
between Southwest and St. Luke’s.
Although Southwest may not have realized
it at the time, their sponsorship of the airplane
therapy module at St. Luke’s would be instrumental to the rehabilitation of one of their own
Employees: me. Practicing in a space that
resembled my actual work environment was
incredibly helpful, and it was encouraging to
benefit from this unique real-world therapy.
My therapy team helped me practice specific
movements that I would need to be able to do
on an actual plane, such as serving drinks,
stowing luggage in overhead bins, and performing Safety checks. Not only did I regain
my mobility, but I finished my rehabilitation
with the confidence I needed to return to work.
When I reported for duty for the first time
after my therapy, it felt like I was home again.
I was so excited to go back to work and be able
to perform my duties as a Flight Attendant
once more. I truly believe that without the
amazing partnership between St. Luke’s and
Southwest, my recovery would not have been
as successful or as quick. Thank you, Southwest and St. Luke’s—you have truly given me
and so many other patients the Freedom to Fly.
SEPTEMBER 2013 SPIRIT
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - September 2013
Gary's Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
"Are You Famous Amos?"
Products and Services
Rapid Rewards Partners
The "If" List
Spirit Magazine - September 2013