Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation: John shares his story


JORDAN: WHILE VACATIONING IN LAS VEGAS LAST WINTER, A MICHIGAN MAN SUFFERED A SEVERE STROKE. JOHN HOTCHKISS AND HIS WIFE SPENT THREE WEEKS AT A HOSPITAL BEFORE HE WAS KNOWN TO MARY FREE BETTER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL. HERE’S A LOOK AT PART OF HIS JOURNEY. WE GOT ONLINE AND VISITED MARY FREE BEDS WEBSITE, MY OLDER DAUGHTER SAID THAT IS WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE. AND JOHN WERE TO LOSE HIS BALANCE, IT WOULD CATCH HIM. US TO TAKE MORE STEPS. RIGHT NOW WE’RE ONLY WALKING A MINUTE OR TWO OVERGROUND BUT HAVING A TREADMILL HE IS FORCED TO TAKE STEPS. WE LIKE THAT AS AN OPTION FOR INITIAL TRAINING. GOOD JOB. HE NEEDS A LITTLE BIT OF HELP TO SWING THAT LEFT LEG THROUGH. THE KNEE LIKES TO BUCKLE AT TIMES, SO I WAS GIVING SOME CUES TO MAKE SURE IT IS STABLE. A LITTLE FASTER. I ADDED SIX POUNDS TO HIS LEFT LEG TO WORK ON THE STRENGTHENING NOW SO HE IS REALLY HAVING TO FOCUS ON THAT. THAT MY — THAT WAS MY FIRST BIG SIGN OF ONGOING TO MAKE IT. IT WAS FANTASTIC THEY WERE ABLE TO GET HIM ON THE TREADMILL. WE COUNTED FOR PEOPLE HELPING HIM WHEN HE WAS ON THE TREADMILL UPSTAIRS. NOW HE IS WALKING ON HIS OWN, THEY WERE HELPING TO MOVE HIS LEG, HE IS KICKING ON HIS OWN A LITTLE BIT OF SUPPORT AT THE HIPS IF NEEDED. THIS IS ALL JOHN. THIS IS FANTASTIC. THEY LOOK AT ALL YOUR NEEDS. I CANNOT BELIEVE THERE IS ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE YOU MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES FOR POSITIVE OUTCOMES. I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REST OF MY LIFE. MY LIFE CERTAINLY LOOKED LIKE IT WAS OVER A MONTH AGO, AND NOW I’M EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT STAGES OF MY LIFE. JORDAN: I AM JOINED NOW BY PATTY AND LAURA FROM MARY FREE BEDS. THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. JON’S STORY, WHILE, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. HOW IS JOHN DOING? HE IS DOING AMAZING. HE STARTED ON OUR SUBACUTE FLOOR, WAS ABLE TO INVENT TO THE STROKE TEAM BELOW US, AND THEN FROM THERE WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT HOME AND NOW HAS MARY FREE BED HOME SERVICE. HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE OFFER. JORDAN: SO INCREDIBLE TO WATCH HIS JOURNEY. WE KNOW HE WAS IN THE SUBACUTE PROGRAM. PATTY, TELL US EXACTLY WHAT A SUBACUTE REHABILITATION PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. OUR SUBACUTE REHABILITATION SOMETIMES PEOPLE REFER TO IT AS A FIELD NURSING FACILITY . OFTEN TIS IN A NURSING HOME FACILITY OR RETIREMENT CENTER. PATIENTS THAT ARE ADMITTED FOR SUBACUTE REHABILITATION PROGRAM, THEY UNDERGO REHABILITATION SERVICES BUT AT A LITTLE BIT LESS INTENSITY THAN AN ACUTE PROGRAM. AT MARY FREE BEDS, THEY WORK WITH OUR AMAZING THERAPISTS AND THEY HAVE THERAPY FIVE DAYS A WEEK . JORDAN: IT IS REALLY HANDS, AS WE SAW. YOU HAVE A MULTI-TEAM APPROACH. JOHN HAS SUCH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE AS WELL, WHEN YOU SAY? ABSOLUTELY. JORDAN: WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE SUBACUTE REHABILITATION PROGRAM, BUT WHAT IS MARY FREE DOING DIFFERENTLY, WHY IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS IN THE AREA? ONE OF THE MAIN ONES IS WE ARE ABLE TO TAKE A MORE MEDICALLY COMPLEX PATIENT. WE ARE GETTING THEM FROM THE HOSPITAL SOONER THAN OTHER SUBACUTE PROGRAMS. WE ALSO ONLY STAFF RN’S AT THE NURSING LEVEL. OUR PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS ARE ALSO SPECIALLY TRAINED TO FOCUS ON THE PATIENTS, TOO. JORDAN: WE KNOW THAT JOHN IS NOT THE ONLY PERSON YOU HAVE MADE AN IMPACT WITH. THERE IS A WOMAN WHOSE JOURNEY YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US. SHE WAS RECENTLY IN OUR SUBACUTE PROGRAM, SHE IS FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA. SHE HAD PART OF HER PELVIS REMOVED. UNFORTUNATELY, SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO HAVE REPLACEMENT FOR THAT. BEFORE COMING TO MARY FREE BED, HER POSITION LET HER KNOW THAT THEY WERE NOT SURE ABOUT HER DISCHARGE PLAN AND IF SHE COULD RETURN HOME. SHE SPENT ABOUT 10 WEEKS IN OUR PROGRAM. THIS WEEK, I’M HAPPY TO SAY, SHE GRADUATED FROM OUR SUBACUTE PROGRAM AND WENT TO THE UPPER PENINSULA AND IS NOW AT HOME. JORDAN: WHAT A TESTAMENT TO YOUR PROGRAM, TO THE STAFF AT MARY FREE BEDS. YOU DO SOMETHING THAT IS VERY UNIQUE, YOU TRACK PATIENT RESULTS. WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE ARE SHOWING ON THE SCREEN TO THE VIEWERS. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THESE NUMBERS MEAN? WE KNOW YOU ARE AHEAD OF THE GAME HERE IN MICHIGAN BUT ALSO ACROSS THE NATION. THE MARY FREE BEDS SUBACUTE IS ACTUALLY THREE POINTS HIGHER FOR FUNCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE PATIENT. WE ARE DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB GETTING PATIENTS BETTER AND GETTING THEM HOME. WE ARE ALSO GETTING THEM TO SEVEN ACUTE QUICR SO THEY CAN INITIATE THE REHAB QUICKER, AND ALSO GETTING HOME QUICKER. ON AVERAGE, ONE DAY QUICKER THAN OTHER SUBACUTES IN THE NATION. JORDAN: FOR THOSE THAT NEED THIS REHABILITATION, GETTING BACK TO WHERE THEY WERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOUR PROGRAM IS HELPING SO MANY DO. WHAT KIND OF PATIENTS DO YOU TREAT? WE TREAT A NUMBER OF PATIENTS WITH A WIDE RANGEF ILLNESSES AND INJURIES. SOME OF THOSE INCLUDE AGITATIONS, CANCER, ORTHOPIC CONDITIONS INCLUDING COMPLEX FRACTURES, MULTIPLE INJURIES, STROKE. EVEN JUST SOME WEAKNESS FROM LONG LENGTH IN THE HOSPITAL. JORDAN: WHERE IS THE SUBACUTE PROGRAM LOCATED? WE ARE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR ON THE MARY FREE BEDS BUILDING, A BRAND-NEW FACILITY. 48 BEDS, PRIVATE ROOMS, SHOWERS, BATHROOMS. TWO BEAUTIFUL DINING ROOMS WITH VIEWS OF THE CITY. TWO WONDERFUL JAMS WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT. WE HAVE A WALKING HARNESS FOR PATIENTS THAT ARE UNABLE TO WALK. JUST A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY. JORDAN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. IF PEOPLE ARE AT HOME AND THEY WANT MORE INFORMATION, THEY CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE DETAILS. WONDERFUL JOURNEYS AND STORIES YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE WITH US. DON’T GO AWAY, WE HAVE A LOT MORE “EIGHTWEST” AFTER THIS QUICK BREAK.

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