Dr. Glenn Irion of the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences has been selected to receive the James Dunleavy Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The award honors an outstanding Acute Care Section member whose contributions to the Section have been of exceptional value.
Irion has served as an editor for the Acute Care Section’s publications since 1998. He was on the team that took what was essentially a newsletter with a few invited articles to a hybrid newsletter and journal with some peer-reviewed articles. By 2009 his team took the publication a step further and produced a full peer-reviewed journal. Irion has been the editor-in-chief since the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy (JACPT) began in 2010.
The award is a validation of the efforts put forth by my editorial board, which has retained all of its initial members and has continued to grow, adding more diverse and distinguished members. It also recognizes the efforts of an increasing cadre of peer reviewers, allowing us to have a true peer review by experts in the fields represented by the manuscripts submitted.Glenn Irion
Irion says his goal in starting JACPT was to increase the visibility of acute care physical therapy as a valued part of a health care team and to build the scientific basis of the practice.
Irion also serves on a task force that seeks specialization for physical therapists in wound management. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties currently has in place specialties including sports, orthopedics, geriatrics, pediatrics, women’s health, neurology, clinical electrotherapy and cardiovascular & pulmonary physical therapy.
Irion is certified as a wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management, a multidisciplinary group.
“A large number of physical therapists also have this specialization but would also like to be recognized within our own profession,” said Irion.
Irion has been a part of the team that helped launch the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program of Emory & Henry in the fall of 2015.
He hopes to start a wound management practice in the near future and start some new research ventures as the school procures more equipment and makes its move into the prior Smyth County Hospital, which is currently under renovation.