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Valnesfjord Helsesportssenter (VHSS) is a nationwide specialized institution in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is submitting to the Law of specialized healthcare-service in Norway.

From 2006 VHSS has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System which fulfils the required standards of NS-EN ISO 9001:2008 for the following fields of activities:
Interdiciplinary specialized health services within rehabilitation, habilitation for children, and occupational rehabilitation, based on research and documentation.
National research expertise in the field of children and young people with disabilities.
VHSS was built in 1982 as a consequence of a fund-raising campaign in 1977 arranged by Lions (“The Red Feather Campaign”). The main building was established with 48 beds, expanded in 1997 to 72 beds. In addition VHSS have a small hotel with 20 more beds.
VHSS is a foundation and operate as an idealistic organisation, based on invitation to tender from National Health Service and National Insurance Service.
Some facts about the organisation:
·         110 employees consisting of a wide range of different professions, such as: doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapist, adapted physical education-instructors, teachers, social consultant, nurses, riding instructors, ergonomist, dietitian.
·         Annual turnover: 67 mill NOK
·         Core activities are rehabilitation of patients; and research, development (RD) and education.
The target group is individuals with mainly physical disabilities, like congenital disabilities and chronicle disorders. Examples are: Heart- and lung diseases, Neurological diseases (paralysis, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, traffic-accidents), Rheumatic diseases (Bechterew, Arthritis), Lifestyle related illness (Chronicle Pain, Psychosocial problems, Diabetes, Overweight). Yearly about 1000 patients between 6 and 80 years stay for 2-4 weeks. Average age is in a range of 40-59 years old, and 250 of these are children and youth between 6 and 25 years old. The stays in VRC are based on applications from doctors, and the patients are hospitalised by groups referring to type of disabilities and/or function.
The mode of operation is the use of Adapted Physical Activities (APA). VRC offers rehabilitation due to the patients’ individual aims, and the programs are directed towards improvement of physical, mental and social capacities through participation. We are using all sorts of physical activitiy to achieve their desired goals, but make a specially point of outdoors activities.
A stay of rehabilitation is meant to help the user to physical, psychological and social influence of his/hers health. Through information, education, practical exercises and other means, we hope to make the users aware of their possibilities, their resources, and how to possibly move the limits of activity to obtain a better quality of life.
The R&D unit is working with research studies to improve our treatment and gain access to new knowledge. Several projects in new growth areas are ongoing.
Do you want som more information, please contact us.
Best regards
Managing director