The Union Pacific Foundation has donated $10,000 to Holy Cross Hospital to help construct and equip a work-simulation gymnasium at the Holy Cross HealthWorks rehabilitation facility at 1275 E. Fort Union Blvd. Construction will start soon and will be completed in early May.
The new gym's specialized equipment will help injured workers rebuild their strength and skill. It will allow people to practice movements that are required for specific tasks like those found in masonry, welding, bench assembly, typing, plumbing and other jobs.Pam Walker, director of the facility, said, "When a worker is injured, the human and economic consequences extend to the family, the employer and the community." The goals of the Holy Cross HealthWorks comprehensive occupational services program are to prevent illness and injury and promote a safe and speedy return to work, she said.