(West Point, GA.) July 12, 2018 – Recently, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) donated a Kia Optima to the East Alabama Medical Center-Lanier Hospital’s inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit, which served more than 200 patients during the past year.
The vehicle, which is a non-drivable unit, will be used to help patients recovering from musculoskeletal injuries that may need help with re-learning specific tasks such as: entering and exiting a vehicle, opening a car door while standing (with or without a walker), sitting in a vehicle, swinging feet or legs into a vehicle and reaching/pulling to successfully close the door, fasten seatbelts and exiting the vehicle in reverse order.
“We thank the team members at KMMG for this incredible donation,” said Greg Nichols, administrator of EAMC-Lanier Hospital. “This vehicle will mean so much to our program and the patients that we serve.”
Stuart Countess, KMMG’s Chief Administrative Officer, said that the KMMG team is proud to make contributions like this that enhance the power of mobility within our community.
“Our community relations program is based on the idea of increasing mobility,” he said. “Whether that is developing youth for the jobs of tomorrow, transforming our community with sustainable and eco-friendly technology or providing a vehicle that can be used in a great rehabilitation setting like the one at EAMC-Lanier, KMMG will remain committed to our local community.”
Caption: Shown, front row, from left: Stuart Countess, KMMG’s CAO, presents a Kia Optima to Greg Nichols, administrator of EAMC-Lanier Hospital. Back Row, from left are: Corinne Hodges, KMMG’s head of public relations; Gary Langswager, KMMG’s head of safety/security/medical; Cindy Brooks, EAMC-Lanier’s director of Business Development Occupational Medicine; Janet Kay Greene, EAMC-Lanier’s program director for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit; Dr. Frederick Aziz M.D., EAMC-Lanier’s medical director for Acute Rehabilitation Unit; Ted Arnold, KMMG’s head of quality assurance; and Scott Beard, KMMG’s manager of quality control.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.