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08.06.13

Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) today announced that it has acquired Esplanade Rehab Hospital, a 35-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in Corpus Christi. The hospital now will operate as Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital (CCRH).  It will continue to provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injury or illness.

Ernest Health has assumed operations of the rehabilitation hospital with no interruption in services to its patients, nor staffing changes among its 102 employees. Jessie Smedley has joined the management team as the CEO of the hospital. She has been with Ernest Health since 2005, serving as CEO of South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Brownsville, Texas.

The acquisition resulted from ongoing discussions between leaders of Ernest Health and Esplanade Rehab regarding how the two organizations could work together to provide the area with rehabilitative services without duplicating efforts.

“As our discussions progressed and we did our due diligence, we realized that Esplanade Rehab’s provision of high quality care and efficiency of operations was a natural fit for the Ernest Health culture,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “We felt very supported and encouraged by the hospital’s owners and other community health care leaders as we began considering a potential acquisition. The entire process has been positive and amicable between all parties.”

Ernest Health currently operates 20 post-acute care hospitals, including 12 rehabilitation hospitals that have consistently been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely. With the addition of Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, Ernest Health has expanded its presence in the South Texas region, which already had included hospitals in Brownsville, Laredo and New Braunfels.

“By joining the Corpus Christi community, we will be able to build upon the synergy and value-added expertise among our hospitals to provide comprehensive rehabilitative services to all of South Texas,” Brockette says.

“Ernest Health has a long-standing history of providing the highest quality of rehabilitative services available,” says Dr. Michael Fuentes, Medical Director of Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. “I’m excited to welcome them to our community. I look forward to being a part of a company that will work closely with other hospitals in the area to ensure our community has access to intensive inpatient rehabilitation.”


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Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico (RHSNM) click here to learn more
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05.29.13 - Ernest Health Announces Construction Of Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital

Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) today announced plans to construct and operate a new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in South Ogden, Utah. The new hospital, known as Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital, will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injury or illness.

Ernest Health rehabilitation hospitals consistently have been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We are excited to be able to bring this level of rehabilitative care to the South Ogden and Northern Utah,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “This means that the citizens here and in the surrounding areas now will have access to the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally without having to leave the area.”

Ernest Health will begin construction on the 52,000-square foot facility this spring, with plans to open in the first months of 2014. The facility will be located at Harrison Boulevard and U.S. Highway 89 in the Cross Pointe Development, and is expected to create about 120 new healthcare-related jobs.

Brockette credits support from local hospital and community leadership as instrumental in the planning and development of the new hospital.

“We welcome Ernest Health to the medical community and look forward to our patients receiving this much-needed, high quality continuum of care,” says Mark Adams, CEO of Ogden Regional Medical Center.

Mayor James Minster concurs. “I am pleased to see such a worthwhile project be built on this land to help better serve the residents of our community,” he says. “These much-needed rehab services will be a nice addition to our medical community.”

All community members are invited to a groundbreaking for the new facility at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 29.



05.2.13
- Ernest Health Announces Construction Of Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital

Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) today announced plans to construct and operate a new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in South Ogden, Utah. The new hospital, known as Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital, will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injury or illness.

Ernest Health rehabilitation hospitals consistently have been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

"We are excited to be able to bring this level of rehabilitative care to the South Ogden and Northern Utah," says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. "This means that the citizens here and in the surrounding areas now will have access to the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally without having to leave the area."

Ernest Health will begin construction on the 52,000-square foot facility this spring, with plans to open in the first months of 2014. The facility will be located at Harrison Boulevard and U.S. Highway 89 in the Cross Pointe Development, and is expected to create about 120 new healthcare-related jobs.

Brockette credits support from local hospital and community leadership as instrumental in the planning and development of the new hospital.

"We welcome Ernest Health to the medical community and look forward to our patients receiving this much-needed, high quality continuum of care," says Mark Adams, CEO of Ogden Regional Medical Center.

Mayor James Minster concurs. "I am pleased to see such a worthwhile project be built on this land to help better serve the residents of our community,” he says. “These much-needed rehab services will be a nice addition to our medical community."

All community members are invited to a groundbreaking for the new facility at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 29.

12.2.12 - ERNEST HEALTH ANNOUNCES CONTRUCTION OF REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF THE NORTHWEST

Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) announced today the company will construct and operate a new 30-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Post Falls, Idaho as a joint venture with Kootenai Health. The new hospital, known as Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest, will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries and other functional deficits as a result of injury or illness. Ernest Health owns and manages Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital (NIACH) in Post Falls, ID as well. NIACH provides advanced long-term acute care, including intensive care, for patients who require time to heal from catastrophic injury or illness.

Support from Kootenai Health has been instrumental in designing a solution to further the opportunities for rehabilitative services in northern Idaho communities. “Kootenai Health is committed to providing quality health care close to home,” Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health said. “High-level rehabilitation services are an important part of a comprehensive health care community. We are pleased to play a role in bringing this new facility and these services to northern Idaho. ”

The support continues from local officials. Steve Griffitts, of the Coeur d’Alene Economic Development Council, states, “The partnership with Kootenai Health and Ernest Health is significant to our expanding and growing job base. The proposed rehabilitation facility will create scores of highly qualified career opportunities and has the potential to positively affect hundreds of families in Kootenai County and North Idaho. This investment will also solidify our area as being the home of premier providers of health care solutions for our region and beyond. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful investment in our community.”

Pam Houser, President/CEO of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, also shared, “The Post Falls Chamber congratulates Ernest Health Inc. and Kootenai Health on their partnership to form a brand new facility in Post Falls. Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest will provide services not presently available here and we are thrilled to see our medical community grow. Kootenai Health is known for its long time commitment of excellence to people in North Idaho as is Ernest Health, which operates Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. Both hospitals provide excellent career opportunities and quality care for their patients. We are proud to have them as part of the Chamber family.”

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest will be located in a new 33,000 square foot, free-standing facility on the same campus as NIACH. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013 with a projected opening in the fourth quarter of 2013. Approximately 120 new healthcare related jobs will be created from this endeavor.

A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 pm. Local business, government, and Ernest Health officials will be in attendance. The media is invited and encouraged to attend.

Ernest Health, Inc., an Albuquerque, NM based healthcare provider, owns and operates post-acute care facilities New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and South Carolina. For more information on the company, go to www.ernesthealth.com.
 

 

5.10.12 - Utah Valley Specialty Hospital Wins Best of State Award for Medical Services

Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, an Ernest Health Inc. long term acute care hospital (LTACH), has been named the winner in the medical services category for Utah's Best of State Awards for 2012.

The Best of State Awards Program acknowledges excellence in a vast array of industry sectors including medical, business, entertainment, education, hospitality, retail, technology, and recreation. More than 200 specific category winners have been acknowledged within 10 main category divisions in this program dedicated to recognizing and promoting outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Utah. Winners of the 2012 Best of State Awards have been rated and judged on their impact on the community, excellence, achievement, innovation, and originality. Past winners of this prestigious award in the medical division include; Intermountain Healthcare LDS Hospital, Utah Cancer Institute, and University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics.

"We are pleased to be the recipient of the 2012 Best of State Award for medical services," said chief executive officer Marie Prothero. "It is an honor to join the distinguished group of previous winners providing outstanding medical service throughout the state of Utah. At Utah Valley Specialty Hospital our patients are our number one priority. We view this recognition as a testament to our dedicated staff, and our commitment to serving the community."


3.28.12
- Ernest Health Announces Construction of Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) will construct and operate a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Lafayette, IN. Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries and other functional deficits as a result of injury or illness.

Construction of the 45,000 square foot facility is under way with a projected opening in Winter 2013. Approximately 115 new healthcare related jobs will be created from this endeavor.


3.22.12
- Institute on the range
Mesquite Resident Gets a Chance to Go Home Again Through Physical Therapy
Zach Markovic, Star Community Newspapers

While it was not her home, Mesquite Rehabilitation Institute is close to the heart of one Sammie Motley Coates.

Her family goes back to the beginning roots with many of the old names that helped start Mesquite.

And with 91-year old’s recent trip to the institute to rehabilitate her knee after knee replacement surgery, the growth of Mesquite truly comes full circle. She said she recognized something familiar about the place as she was pulling up to the Institute.

“When the ambulance pulled into the driveway, I told them ‘I raised my kids right here,’” Sammie said. “I just feel like I am coming back home to get well.”

The story begins 58 years ago when Sammie and her husband purchased some land in a small little farm town East of Dallas. The little plot was between what would eventually become Beltline and Galloway.

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1.25.12
- Ernest Health Inc. Eyeing Lafayette for New Acute Rehabilitation Hospital

Greater Lafayette Commerce is working with a potential new employer, Ernest Health Inc., which is planning to invest $18.5 million on an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Lafayette, Ind., says Jody Hamilton, director of economic development for Greater Lafayette Commerce.

“The company expects to employ 115 by the end of the first year of its local operations,” Hamilton said.

The Albuquerque, N.M.-headquartered company provides comprehensive care for patients with functional deficits resulting from injury or illness and for patients with chronic or complex medical conditions.

Its workforce is expected to include physical, respiratory and occupational therapists; registered nurses; patient care technicians; case managers; and housekeeping and dietary aides. Average annual pay for the Lafayette jobs is expected to be $48,987 plus benefits.

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9.22.11
- Speaker details her celebrity husband's recovery

Lee Woodruff, wife of ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, served as the keynote speaker at the second annual brain injury symposium hosted by the South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday in Brownsville.

The event brought together about 30 healthcare sponsors from across the Rio Grande Valley, and allowed brain injury survivors and family members the opportunity to talk with others who understand what they’ve been through.

Bob Woodruff suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2006 while he was in Iraq covering the war and a roadside bomb exploded near him, crushing the left side of his skull as rocks from on top of the bomb acted like shrapnel. He was in a coma for 36 days and underwent months of therapy, particularly in language and cognitive areas.

Lee Woodruff said the message she wanted to pass along is that there is still hope when something as tragic as a brain injury strikes a family.

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7.7.11
- Elkhorn Valley names new CEO

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital announced that Mike Phillips has been named as the rehabilitation hospital's new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Phillips will oversee the operations of the hospital. His experience includes over 17 years of management and marketing experience working in both healthcare and human services industries including both long-term care and the acute care settings.

Mr. Phillips is a Casper native and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wyoming. He also holds both a master's degree in management and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

7.21.11 - 40-Bed Rehab Hospital Opens In New Braunfels, TX

New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital opened its doors to patients on Monday, less than a year after groundbreaking on the 50,000-square foot facility.

The 40-bed hospital is located in Sundance Park, which used to be the old Sundance Golf Club site. It is operated by Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI), a Albuquerque, N.M.-based company that operates 15 post-acute hospitals in nine states.


9.29.10
- Motorcycle racer bikes across the U.S. to raise TBI awareness

PROVO — It's not common for doctors who work with traumatic brain injuries to see their patients again.

It's almost unheard for them to see a patient who came to them in a coma come back to visit on a bicycle, nine days and 600 miles into a cross-country ride that he's doing, well, because he can.

So 19-year-old Josh Morros's triumphant bicycle ride into the parking lot at Utah Valley Specialty Hospital on Wednesday morning was about more than just taking a bike ride. The first person to greet him was Reuben Jessop, the physical therapist who worked with Morros for almost four weeks after Morros, who was a professional off-road motorcycle racer, wrecked going more than 80 mph during a race in the Salt Flats in 2008.

" He's challenged me to a race, which I fully expect him to win," Jessop said.

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9.07.10 - Mesquite Rehab admits its first patient.

9.29.10 - Rehab employees treat, teach people in earthquake-ravaged Haiti
By Ken Hedler, The Daily Courierr

   
Judy Baum uses traction
on a patient.
   

Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital did not observe National Rehabilitation Week (Sept. 19-25) by asking Mayor Harvey Skoog to issue a proclamation during a Town Council meeting. Instead, 11 employees at the hospital made the observance international by traveling to earthquake-ravaged Haiti to treat injured people, and educate patients and health professionals.

They were among 32 employees of hospitals owned by Ernest Health Inc. who participated in the volunteer rehab work in Haiti, which is still recovering from the devastating earthquake that hit in January.

Ernest Health, based in Albuquerque, N.M., covered the travel costs, said Jen Roel, chief executive officer of the Prescott Valley hospital. However, employees covered the costs of visas and immunizations, and volunteered on their own time.

Hospital employees in Prescott Valley planned the medical relief effort since April, said clinical education coordinator Kristie Dodge. She said Healing Hands for Haiti, a nonprofit entity, assigned her and rehabilitation director Judy Baum to a clinic in Jacmal, a three-hour drive over the mountains from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Dodge, an occupational therapist at the rehab hospital since it opened four years ago, said the atmosphere in Haiti was "really surreal - just because you are taking all of it in."

"It is hard to believe," Dodge said. "There are buildings still collapsed from the earthquake, and you've got some buildings that are being rebuilt and are just half-done."

More than 1 million Haitians still live on the streets, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

"People were living in tent cities," Dodge said. "There was one that divided the middle of the road."

Dodge, 36, of Prescott Valley said she and Baum, who will return Monday to Prescott Valley, worked in a tent clinic.

"We saw upwards of 33 patients a day," Dodge said, adding that not all of them sustained injuries from the earthquake. "I saw probably at least eight stroke patients" who had no previous treatment.

Treatment consisted of stretching exercises, as well as educating stroke victims about how to position their arms, Dodge said. She said she taught a girl with nerve damage to desensitize herself to pain.

Dodge and Baum also taught therapy techniques to clinic staff, and relied on a translator who spoke English and French Creole.

The two women taught from 8 to 9 a.m., and treated patients until 3 p.m. or later. Patients arrived as early as 7 a.m. and stayed all day so they could have 20 minutes with the volunteers.

Dodge said she "absolutely" would volunteer for another medical mission.

A colleague, physical therapy assistant Patty Meiner, said she is leaving Friday for a 10-day assignment to teach a course in hydrocephalus. It will provide rehab for patients who have had fluids removed from their brains.

"I just think it is going to be a great experience, knowing what people have been through over there," Meiner said.

Meiner, 41, of Prescott Valley, said she is joining occupational therapist Kate Pressman.

The other volunteers from Prescott Valley are Barbara Bloomfield, Eric Mace, Erin Aafedt, Nan Duerkson, Michael Frost, Dr. Ed Dohring and Ronald Goldstein.

8.10.10 – Ernest Health Sending Clinical Team to Haiti to Assist with Disaster Relief
Ernest Health has partnered with Healing Hands for Haiti to send a team of nurses and therapists to work with earthquake survivors who sustained life changing injuries in January’s earthquake. Our team of 32 volunteers will provide care and rehabilitation services including education, use of adaptive equipment, manufacture and use of prosthetic limbs in order to help individuals achieve and sustain maximum function. Clinicians will spend two weeks in September working in a variety of patient care settings such as outpatient therapy clinics, inpatient hospitals, and orphanages for disabled children. Healing Hands for Haiti supports and encourages the Haitian people in providing quality physical rehabilitation services for themselves in a spirit of self-determination, independence and human dignity with a focus on empowering Haitians with disabilities. For more information on Healing Hands for Haiti, go to www.healinghandsforhaiti.org.

May Is Stroke Awareness Month

Patrick McGehee listened intently to an interview on TV about a woman discussing her recovery from stroke. At the time, he didn’t know his body would soon be experiencing something so similar. “I remember sitting there watching her on Oprah and I was amazed by all that she went through and just a few months later I had my stroke. I just couldn’t believe it happened to me.”

The woman featured in that interview was Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. A Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist and professor, Dr. Taylor suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1996. With her background, she was all too familiar with what was happening to her at that time. For the next eight years, she worked hard to recover from the effects of her stroke and went on to author the New York Times bestselling book – “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”, detailing her experience. She was also selected as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World for 2008 and was a premiere guest on Oprah’s Soul Series webcast and a special guest on the Oprah Show in October 2008.


McGehee will soon meet Dr. Taylor in person where she will be the featured speaker.


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04.15.10 - Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Educates Community on Their Right to Choose
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (NCRH) has launched a media campaign to educate the community on their right to choose a rehabilitation provider. You have a choice to choose NCRH for rehabilitative care by passionate patient caregivers.

The campaign rolled out in Johnstown, Loveland, Ft. Collins, Greeley and Longmont with a focus on public relations and advertising via newspaper, Internet, TV and geographically targeted radio. The campaign, which targets patients requiring specialized rehabilitative care, features the tagline "You Have a Choice.”

As the only freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital serving northern Colorado, Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital's (NCRH) state-of-the-art facility specializes in the care of patients with stroke, trauma, spinal cord injury, head injury and other disabling impairments. For the fourth consecutive year, Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital has been ranked in the Top 10% of 805 inpatient rehabilitation facilities by the UDSMR. Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital was cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered.

The campaign will run through June 2010.

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4.1.10 –
A devoted staff of ‘angels’
The Advanced Care Hospital providing quality patient care
By Natisha Hales, The Las Cruces Bulletin

Though the medical facility is just in its second year of serving the region, the Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico already has hundreds of success stories to share. Serving patients in the area who suffer from injuries that require long-term, round-the-clock acute care for an average of 25 days, the medical facility is quickly gaining a reputation for quality care – and its patients are providing the testimony to support it.

A rare occasion
He was told that he wouldn’t survive, but 67-year-old Las Crucen Wayne Wagner has lived to tell his story.

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3.18.10
GRRH celebrates Brain Injury Month

GRRH Brain Injury Support Group

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a dinner for the Brain Injury Support Group on March 18, 2010. This is a newly formed support group which meets the third Thursday of each month. The Brain Matters group is designed for individuals who have sustained a brain injury. The brain injury individuals and their families are encouraged to attend the meetings for discussion, encouragement, support, information and friendship.

Pertinent information and topics are presented at these meetings. Tina Paysinger, DPT, Director of Therapy Operations at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is scheduled to speak at Brain Matters regarding the use of Bioness, and Neuro IFRAH techniques for improving the functional status after injury. The public is invited to attend.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. The Brain Injury Support Group meets at the Burton Center located at 2605 Hwy 72/221E, Greenwood, South Carolina. For more information, please contact Kristy Lawson at 942-7124, or email klawson@burtoncenter.org.

3.1.10
Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Trained Neuro IFRAH Therapists

Laurie Pettit and Scott Gams with a GRRH patient
using Neuro IFRAH to initiate first time movement
in a hemiplegic arm

Greg Farmer, OTR, MS, and Laurie Pettit, PT, both employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), recently received their certification in the Neuro IFRAH approach for the handling of adults with hemiplegic from a stroke or brain injury. The Neuro IFRAH approach is a philosophy of handling patients to facilitate normal movement in the patient’s affected limbs and send feedback to their central nervous system on how to restore that movement in functional activities. Excess tone is inhibited and proper muscle alignment and handling allows for the normal movement to begin.

This approach integrates bodies of knowledge from all therapy disciplines, treats all systems of the person, and incorporates the variables of the patient’s past, their roles, their environment, and their current abilities. GRRH fully expects the Neuro IFRAH approach to be a valuable asset because of the benefits it brings to the neuro population.

For more information, please call (864) 330-1800, or visit our hospital at 1530 Parkway, Greenwood, South Carolina.

2.20.10 - Mountain Valley Teams Up with Salvation Army!
Jen Roel, Chief Executive Officer

In February, MVRRH teamed up with the Salvation Army to raise money for the Haitian Earthquake Relief effort. I am pleased to announce that staff and visitors have donated a total of $1,050.68 with the hospital matching the money with a check to the Salvation Army in the amount of $1,100.00. Major Kyle Trimmer stopped by the hospital and requested a photo of MVRRH staff which will be placed in an upcoming issue of The Salvation Army’s newsletter with a brief article about our employees and MVRRH’s generosity. Thank you!

2.20.10 - MVRRH - Prescott Valley Teen On the Mend After Miracle Recovery
by Doug Cook, The Daily Courier

 
Physical Therapist Patty Akovenko works with David Miller on his coordination
 
Speech Pathologist Annette Guidry works with David Miller

In the seconds before everything faded to black, David Miller knew he was on a collision course. And although he avoided it, it's what happened next that forever changed this once reserved Prescott Valley teen's life.

About a month ago, on the way back from a movie the night of January 15 in PV, he was driving east through Dewey-Humboldt on Highway 69 toward Mayer with his girlfriend and a male acquaintance when he swerved to avoid hitting a dining room chair standing mysteriously in the fast lane.

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2.05.10
"Race for the Children" 5k Race Scheduled for March



Stacie Smith, Coordinator for the Guardian ad Litem program of Greenwood and Abbeville counties, announced that its foundation, A Voice for the Children Foundation, will sponsor an inaugural 5 Kilometer “Race for the Children” on Saturday, March 6 at the Greenwood YMCA, 1760 Calhoun Road. The race, to benefit children in foster care in the two counties, begins at 8:00 A. M., and is sponsored by the Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Smith credits Richenda Brown with the idea for organizing the race.

"Richenda has taken a great deal of interest in our program since learning about foster care kids. She understands that, in order for these children to have a more normal life, funding provided by the state must be supplemented,” said Smith.

The Greenwood Rehab Hospital gave a donation of $1,000 and is the primary sponsor for the event. They have a forty six bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. GRRH provides the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness, as well as those with chronic or complex medical conditions.

"We like to give back to the community,” said Sharon Martin, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Greenwood Rehab Hospital. “We have employees that are part of seven different counties so we like to participate in community events.”

The race features events for entrants 14 and under, all the way to 70 and over. Each category includes runners in five-year age spans. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners, as well as the top male and top female runner in each age group. The course is an asphalt road, mostly flat. The regular entry fee of $20 includes a t-shirt for each runner. A late registration fee of $25 will be collected after February 28; t-shirts are not guaranteed for late registrations.

“ I hope everyone who loves running will turn out, take part, and have fun, knowing they are helping needy children, too,” Brown smiled. “Everyone is welcome---walkers, as well as runners--and we’ll all lace up and go, rain or shine!”

Runners may register by going online at www.active.com/running/greenwood-sc/race-for-the-children-2010and completing registration electronically or printout the registration form from the www.childvoice.weebly.com, complete it, and send it with check made out to A Voice for the Children 5K. Mail it to Richenda Brown at P. O. Box 1454, Greenwood, SC 29648.


01.29.2010
Laredo Donates Money to Haiti

By: Francisco Diaz, Laredo Sun



A little more than three thousand dollars were donated by local organizations yesterday for earthquake victims in Haiti.

"We are very pleased with the response from the community in providing assistance to thousands of people who require our assistance in Haiti, we invite people to continue helping", Mayor Raul Salinas said.

Yesterday, the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Laredo Specialty Hospital, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army gave a donation of 3 thousand 350 dollars.

"This will directly help the victims of this tragedy, and hopefully they will receive more support from laredoanses", the mayor mentioned. People who wish to contribute voluntarily to this worthy cause can go to any branch of the International Bank of Commerce for their contributions.

The account number for any further donations is 211-696-781 and donations are tax deductible. The money raised in various activities such as the concert by the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra was released to the American Red Cross, the Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity organization.


1.22.2010
A Good Year for Health Care in Southern New Mexico
Area medical facilities focus on high-quality care
By Natisha Hales, Las Cruces Bulletin, 2010 Legislative Guide



It has been an interesting year for almost every industry throughout the United States, especially health care. Controversy has swirled around health care reform and the recession, leaving much uncertainty in the field.

But one thing’s for sure in the Mesilla Valley – Las Cruces remains the health care hub for southern New Mexico, and each of its facilities have maintained quality care for Las Cruces and its surrounding areas. This year, despite budgetary shortfalls and new regulations, some medical centers have been able to expand to meet their goals of quality patient care. Click here to read full article.


12.04.09
The South Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Select Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to receive the “Above and Beyond Award”

Pictured left to right: Mr. John Green Chair,
SC ESGR Committee, Laura Granger, James Rebholz,
National Chairman, ESGR.

Staff Sergeant Mathew C. Scruggs, a registered nurse at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), nominated GRRH. Sergeant Scruggs is currently on active duty and stationed in Iraq. This award recognizes those employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their Guard and Reserve employees. The award is given to only a select few out of thousands of employers throughout the state and is presented annually by the South Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Laura Granger, Director of Human Resources at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, attended the 2010 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve annual awards banquet on Friday, December 4th, in Myrtle Beach to accept the award on behalf of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. This annual event recognized fifteen employers.

11.26.09 - For her, this Thanksgiving is special: Constance Parrish has recaptured her life following Lewiston motorcycle wreck that put her into a coma
Brad W. Gary, The Lewiston Morning Tribune, Idaho

On this Thanksgiving morning, Constance (Coni) Parrish is grateful to the rescuers. Critically injured in a motorcycle accident 15 months ago, Parrish spent seven weeks in a coma before beginning a road to recovery that will continue through this holiday season.

"I want to thank everybody; I'm so thankful for my life," said Parrish, who joyously credits physical therapy for helping her walk again.

Parrish, 38, suffered a head injury and broke her jaw in 13 places Aug. 7, 2008, after the front tire of the motorcycle she was riding struck the back tire of another on Lewiston's 11th Avenue.

Nobody could tell how she would recover during the ensuing weeks at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, her husband Kelly Parrish said. She couldn't walk when she awoke, and still doesn't remember much about the accident. She does remember months of being envious of the nurses and doctors walking by her room at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane.

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11.19.09 - Durable Medical Equipment: Getting the Right Device
Finding the right mobility device requires thinking carefully, using experts, and, sometimes, taking political action.

by Amy Meisner-Threet, MSW

Elizabeth Bullard, OTR, has worked with hundreds of patients, including many who have lost mobility due to multiple sclerosis (MS) She has seen many patients injured unnecessarily. “Mobility loss is a major and significant treatment challenge for thousands of people of people living with MS,” states Bullard an occupation therapist (OT) and Director of Case Management Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital in Johnstown, Colorado.

A 2008 Harris Interactive survey of more than 1,000 MS patients found that 37% were embarrassed to use a mobility device, 36% said they didn’t use mobility devices as often as they should. The findings were troubling in light of the numbers of people with MS who experience mobility problems: 64% of respondents reported that they had lost their balance, 54% that they had trouble walking, 35% that they were unable to walk, 13% stating that they only walked about twice a week.

Safety Checklist

To address these problems, Bullard has developed a safety guide checklist for people to use before working with their specialists to choose a suitable mobility devices:

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11.06.09
Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s Donation Ensures No Child Will Be Empty-Handed This Holiday Season

 

The season of joy, warmth, sparkling lights, laughter and family is upon us. This year, with an increase in economic depression, there are many families who would not be celebrating without the help from others. At Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, we recognize and respond to the community needs. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is one of fourteen hospitals owned by Ernest Health. Ernest Health has a charitable intent to support the Salvation Army in the markets where it has an operational presence. The Company is named in honor of Major Ernest Robert Toplis, who spent his lifetime helping those in need as an officer in the Salvation Army.

On November 6, 2009, Major Dieter Zimmerer accepted a donation of $2,130 from Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital and Ernest Health. Major Zimmerer estimated the Salvation Army will be providing clothing and toys for fifteen hundred children in our area. He stated the need will be approximately five thousand items.Some of the angels on the Angel Trees do not get chosen and the funds donated will help supplement gifts so no child will have to be empty handed. Major Zimmerer stressed thatSalvation Army needs the support of the community, and together we can provide a good
Christmas for the children of our community. Click here to learn more.


10.29.09
Patient Utilizes Bioness® Therapy

 
Mrs. Edith Baldridge at GRRH  
Baldridge's Bioness Therapy

At 86 years old, Mrs. Edith Baldridge had been living alone and was independent. On October 5 she suffered a stroke that affected her right upper and lower extremities. Upon arrival at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital four days later, Mrs. Baldridge required two people to lift and transfer her from her bed to a chair. She could not close her hand or grasp an object. She was unable to ambulate.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, known for its state-of-the-art facility, utilized the advanced Bioness® NESS H200 and NESS L300 devices to provide functional and therapeutic benefits to aid in Mrs. Baldridge’s therapy. Click here to learn more.


10.23.09
Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH) celebrated National Rehabilitation Week, September 21 through September 25.



The week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; to highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; to salute the professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and to show the nation’s commitment to fulfill the unmet needs of people with disabilities.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is the only in-patient rehabilitation hospital in the Lakelands region, which offers rehabilitation services for patients who suffered functional deficits as the result of injury or illness. “Since our opening in October 2007, we have helped countless patients regain independence and a renewed sense of self-sufficiency,” said Tim Kagle, Chief Executive Officer. Click here to learn more.

10.23.09
Halo Patient Continues Independence One Year Later



Ms. Burnett, a 68 year old widowed female who lives alone, was diagnosed with a C-2 fracture in August 2008 as a result of an auto accident. Ms. Burnett had a halo, weighing approximately 25 pounds, which caused balance issues as well as anxiety.

When admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), she was dependent and needed assistance for eating, transfers and walking. Additionally, she required maximal assistance for dressing. In the acute hospital, both friends and case management thought a nursing home setting would be the most appropriate, but she chose GRRH and was prepared to work hard at her goal to return home.
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10.6.09 - Teen, family fight mysterious illness with humor

Jessie Jerke, 19, left, of La Salle works to pick up a playing card with her physical therapist, Katie Castleberry, on Thursday afternoon at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital in Loveland. Jerke suffers from an undiagnosed illness that affects her speech and motor skills and is making her eyes cross. The therapy is to help keep her muscles active.

"My mind is pretty sharp but this body is on loan."

That's the kind of thoughtful statement you would expect from Jessie Jerke, before her ability to express it was robbed from her by an unknown thief.

Because of that illness, unless you spent an hour or two with Jessie, 19, you might not see that girl. Her parents, Bill and Jeannie, still see her, and her friends still see her, and her boyfriend, Matt Kniss, a senior at University High, sees her, which is why he stays by her side when many others may have already left.

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9.29.09 - TEACHER WINS BATTLE AGAINST SERIOUS DISORDER

The bell at Putegnat Elementary had already rung, and a hush gradually fell over the school’s hallways after the morning shuffle of backpacks and notebooks. Only a small boy with a mop haircut interrupted the silence as he rushed out of class to the water fountain.

"Ah, ah, ah, not so fast," a voice reprimanded in the distance. The boy’s eyes widened and his pace obediently slowed, when he saw Nancy Skidmore leaning on her silver metal walker a few steps away.

"That’s better," she said, smiling.

At 5 feet, Skidmore is a petite 53-year-old woman battling the last traces of Guillain-Barré, a rare neurological disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system — and that in the worst cases, such as her own during its peak of severity, paralyzes a person almost completely.

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07.20.09
Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Employees Donate to Meals on Wheels


Charitable Intent Committee members: (back row L to R) Kerry Trapnell, Christi Opperman, Julia Beth Dettmann, April Clamp and Tim Kagle. Front Row: Rita Dixon, C.I. Committee Chair; Laura Granger, Campaign Chair; Tracy Marcengill(Meals on Wheels Exec. Dir.), and Tommy McCrea of Carolina Prosthetics: Door Prize Winner.


Employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital recently raised $700.00 to benefit Meals on Wheels through a drawing for a 32” LCD TV and wii. The winning ticket was drawn by Meals on Wheels Executive Director, Tracy Marcengill during a 4th of July cookout. Tommy McCrea from Carolina Prosthetics was the lucky winner.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation is a forty six bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital which fulfills the needs of our community. GRRH is dedicated to providing high quality rehabilitation services that promote the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness, as well as those with chronic or complex medical conditions. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital was recently ranked in the top 10 percent of 813 inpatient rehabilitation facilities IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) in 2008. The rankings were determined by using UDSmr’s program evaluation model (PEM). The goal of the PEM Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.


11.1.09 - Ernest Health Announces Construction of Mesquite Rehabilitation Institute
Ernest Health, Inc. (EHI) will construct and operate a 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Mesquite, TX. Mesquite Rehabilitation Institue will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, head and spinal cord injuries and other functional deficits as a result of injury or illness.

Construction of the 17,000 square foot facility is scheduled to begin by year-end with a projected opening in August 2010. Approximately 60 new healthcare related jobs will be created from this endeavor.

Mayor John Monaco states, “We are excited to see Mesquite Rehabilitation Institue take this step for future growth in our community. It is critical for any city to have quality healthcare, and this new facility helps Mesquite meet the needs that our residents have told us is a priority. This hospital will increase our health services and help improve our quality of life. We are happy they’ve chosen to grow with us." Click here to learn more.


10.9.09 – Family togetherness puts wedding in hospital

 


Bride, Brother, Family and Friends
 
Justin, Jessica, Mom & Dad
 
 


The Ceremony
 
The Cake

As Jenni Brady stood in front of a small crowd of friends and family Thursday night, she couldn't help but glance over at her big brother, Justin Jimison, every once and a while, even just minutes before she was married.

But to hear the story of an unexpected medical emergency and her impromptu marriage - at a hospital - to Josh Brady, maybe it's not so surprising.

About six weeks ago, Josh decided to cancel a surprise wedding trip to Reno, Nev., for Jenni because complications from an arteriovenous malformation - an abnormal connection between veins and arteries - nearly killed her brother.

"It's a ticking time bomb," said Jessica Jimison, Justin's wife. "You never know when it's going to hit."

Family members call it a "brain bleed" because blood was essentially pumping into places in his brain it shouldn't have been going.


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As Seen at Exposition, South of 6th Street
As Seen in The Billings Gazette
 


9.1.09 –
Advanced Care Hospital Educates Community on Services
Advanced Care Hospital of Montana (ACHM) has launched a media campaign to educate the community on its state-of-the art facility and comprehensive services dedicated to the recovery process of patients requiring critical care from illness or injury. Since it's opening in January 2008, the hospital has already established itself as a quality, patient-centered facility designed for those complex patients needing a longer acute hospital stay.

The campaign rolled out in Billings and Great Falls with a focus on public relations and advertising via newspaper, billboard, geographically targeted cable television and radio. The campaign, which targets patients requiring long-term acute care, features the tagline "we BELIEVE your recovery means more than just physical - it is also a very EMOTIONAL experience."

Advanced Care Hospital of Montana (ACHM) treats patients requiring extended acute care, including those requiring high observation, medically complex care, modified rehabilitation, ventilator/pulmonary care and wound care.

The campaign will run through November of 2009.

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5.13.09 - New Mountain Valley CEO brings real empathy to her job
She has navigated the road her clients travel

How to get in and out of a car from a wheelchair is just one daily activity Jennifer Roel will demonstrate for her patients who've recently found themselves in need of learning.

And the rest of the working day, Roel, as the new CEO at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, runs the place...from her wheelchair. Click here to learn more.


5.10.09 - Brain injury affects many
March was Brain Injury Awareness Month. On Friday, March 27, our CEO (Jessie Eason Gonzales), Director of Case Management (Corina Humphreys) and I attended a Brain Injury Symposium in San Antonio. Little did I know I would be, ironically, returning with a concussion. Here is my story:

One of our specialized programs at South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital is our Neuro Program, which encompasses rehab for stroke, neuro (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.) and brain injury patients. So when we received an invitation to attend a Brain Injury Symposium in San Antonio, we were excited about the opportunity to learn more about Brain Injuries, network with other rehab hospitals and of course get ideas that would help our program.
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4.8.09
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Advanced Care Hospital Finds Niche in Billings Market
On a recent afternoon, every available employee at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana dropped what they were doing and hustled to the lobby. Code Irvin had just been announced over the intercom. Click here to learn more.

02.23.09 -
McDowell Takes Steps for First Time in 15 Years

It may sound like a cliché but a picture is worth a thousand words. James McDowell walks for first time in fifteen years following a twenty nine day stay at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. McDowell had been wheelchair bound and unable to walk since 1994 secondary to his cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder that compresses nerve roots and cuts off the sensation and movement of the legs.

McDowell was admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital on January 7, 2009 to begin his physical recovery following abdominal surgery at a local hospital.

During his stay, he worked with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and rehabilitation nurses who are dedicated to helping patients achieve their functional goals. McDowell’s goals were simple, at first. He wanted to be able to return home and be able to transfer himself from bed to wheelchair. However, as he began to work with the therapy professionals, McDowell surprised himself and the treatment team by achieving greater than expected gains. Due to his increased strength and fitting for ankle braces, he was able to walk again. “Fifteen years is a long time not to have walked, and I could not have done this without the team at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital,” said McDowell.

The employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital lined the hallway for the discharge sendoff; known as “Priority One”. So on February 5, 2009 James McDowell walked out of the hospital and in to the community. He is no longer hindered by being wheelchair bound.


1.09.09 - Idaho Hospital Hiring Staff Amid Nationwide Business Sector Layoffs
Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital announced that it will hire an additional 90 employees between now and 2010. The hospital located in Boise, Idaho will employ approximately 200 full time and part time employees when operating at capacity.
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