Sutter Rehabilitation Institute at Sutter Roseville Medical Center


No one expects to have a stroke, a heart attack,
a brain injury, a hip fracture or a host of other injuries or illnesses. And no one plans on needing the services
of an acute inpatient rehabilitation But what if your family member experience
an incapacitating injurie or illness Would you have the information necessary
to make an educated decision regarding treatment during the recovery process? Hi, I’m Dr. Gregory LeBleu and I am the
Medical Director at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute at Sutter Roseville
Medical Center At Sutter Health, we have created a technologically advanced
facility with coordinated programs to assist with you or a family member’s recovery
and expedite a return to an active lifestyle We had opened our doors in
December 2008 and have been privileged to have provided rehab
services to up to 900 patients annually. So the question beckons, how do you
select the right program to meet your personal needs or goals? I invite you to listen to some of our former
patients and family members as they describe their challenges, their recovery, and
their overall experience at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute My mom unexpectedly fell one morning and broke her hip and so she
went into surgery that night and then was in the hospital for several days,
after surgery, recouperating She went in to skilled nursing,
into the place that was the highest recommended, best skilled nursing facility. It took me
four days to find out who her doctor was and then he happened to mention that he was going to have surgery – knee surgery. So I said, “Well where are
you going to go to recuperate?” and he said, I’m going to the Sutter
Rehabilitation Institute So that opened a door for me. I thought,
what’s good for the doctor is good for my mom. Once she got into Sutter
Rehabilitation Institute it was like day and night. It was the first time I could
finally sleep. I really knew she was with good, professional, caring, attentive, medical people Our son, John, had been playing rugby and we got a call from one of his
friends, actually, saying that John had been hurt and that they were taking to the emergency room and we live outside of
Sacramento, so I thought, you know, well I’ll meet him at the
emergency room. No big deal He’ll, you know, come home that night. Well, I arrived at the hospital, the emergency room
and it was a very big deal. John had had a severe concussion or what we’d later learn
is called a TBI or traumatic brain injury while playing rugby and he was strapped to the bed in the emergency room
with all the nurses and doctors all around and he had a tube down his throat and it was very frightening.
It was like we got hit by a mack truck and you’re just trying to keep your head
above water and you’re kind of taking it one day at
a time. So before we came here we really didn’t know what to expect. All we knew is that we had to
find an acute rehab center for him.
So we began looking into what our options were. And at that time, this facility, in Roseville, had been
open for about a month. And we looked into it.
The facilities were fabulous We came, we visited, we spoke
to the director, checked it out, talked to the people here looked at some other options and
we decided to come here. My story starts couple years ago when I
was in the hospital and I had been diagnosed with what they call
Church Strauss Syndrome. It came about in a matter of about two to three
days where I was walking around like I do now, playing golf, doing different things and all of sudden
I found myself not being able to get up off the toilet or out of a chair without
help If I fell on the floor – I couldn’t get up
by myself. I had no strength in my muscles in my legs or arms and it as just
quite scary and ended up in the rehab center here I’m very fortunate to have such a
facility like this so close to me I didn’t realize that at the time
and I didn’t know what to expect Everything was really geared toward
recovery for the patients. Right, and it was very much
getting and doing and your not going to advance, not going to progress if you just
lay in bed And so, it was getting up,
encouraging doing all those things because that does lead to improvement. It was very difficult and I’m sure it was very difficult for
John and it was difficult for us all the uncertainty regarding recovery and
how quickly it will occur and how it will occur and all those things which the doctors cannot
give you precise answers about. But nonetheless, you see the
progress and you see that trying leads to progress.
One time I went to physical therapy and I didn’t think that I could
walk very far and the gentleman there who is with the company, told me to walk across the
room. I said, “I can’t do that” He said “Walk across the room.” So I got up and I walked across the room. Then he said, “Now step up on these steps”
and I looked at him and so with that I found out that I could walk up those steps.
It’s definitely an uphill battle, but you can’t give up because that’s your only real option, to keep fighting and keep working until you get back
to 100% because you owe it to yourself and
to your family You don’t want to live half of a life after an accident like that You want to put it behind you and do whatever you can
to move on If they’d of sent me home I’d still not be walking or anything. But now, after spending less than a week
here, I am able to do everything I did before. And when you leave here, you still have
the support You know, you can come back and see
the people or they’ll still check on you. You have a support if you have
an issue or question I would really encourage other people who have
families with a similar circumstance also to investigate and pursue their
options and not accept the first “No” as their answer. Almost two years later since my TBI and I’m a freshman at St. Mary’s and it’s going well and so, as a result of this experience, I have been
inspired to become a physical therapist So I want to major in kinesiology and then go to PT school then hopefully maybe return here someday
to help out I enjoyed it, really, the people
were so nice, really. I’m getting good instructions and
exercises to practice I’ll be OK. A couple more months I can play golf and I just love that and being able to walk
around and go fishing and just, I’d never thought I’d have that This facility and the people who are
trained here, they’re so knowledgeable and so helpful. It’s just awesome all the way from
Dr. LeBleu all the way down to the very person who sweeps up the floors
at night. They are so kind. They always looked out for you just like a family To find out more about the Sutter
Rehabilitation Institute at Sutter Roseville Medical Center call us at (916) 878-2588 or visit the website at sutterroseville.org/rehab

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