Success Stories

Carol Chilko

Carol proactively planned to complete her post-op rehab at Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital

With hip replacement surgery in her future, Carol Chilko made sure to be proactive about her recovery. Speaking with her primary care physician, Carol asked for information about her options for post-surgical rehabilitation. After reviewing the options, Carol decided to admit to Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital (BRH) for her recovery.

 

Carol is a full-time caregiver to her spouse. As such, it was imperative that she safely return home to care for him as soon as possible following her surgery.

 

At BRH, Carol found just what she needed. “It was wonderful. It was so wonderful for me. All of the staff was wonderful,” she stated. “The room was nice. They took me down for physical and occupational therapy a couple of times per day.”

 

Carol is grateful for her short-term inpatient rehabilitation stay at Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital. Today, Carol can walk across the room without any assistive device and is back to caring for her beloved spouse.

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James Nichols

James made great progress recovering from a bad motorcycle accident at Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital

James Nichols, 53, spends much of his free time riding his motorcycle. The Bakersfield resident enjoys his job as a supervisor and loves being with his wife. They especially enjoy performing firework shows together.

Riding his motorcycle to work one day, James had a car change lanes in front of him. When the car cut him off, James crashed into the back of the vehicle. The driver fled the scene, but bystanders assisted James, getting him out of the street until an ambulance arrived.

The ambulance transported James to Kern Medical, where he was diagnosed with multiple pelvic and rib fractures. Fortunately, James didn’t require surgical intervention. But he was unable to transfer or walk on his own. James needed rehabilitation to help him regain his strength and independence.

James had a great advocate in his wife. She knew he needed inpatient rehabilitation and arranged a transfer to Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 11th year. The hospital’s care was cited as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Leo Garza, CEO of South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have graciously been recognized as a top performing facility for many years now, but we never take it for granted. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about helping patients reach their full potential through the care we provide. We work daily to ensure patients are reaching their highest levels of ability and independence.”

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“If you take into account that a national study has previously shown that inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide better long-term results for patients, being ranked at the top of that group validates the quality of care we provide,” says Dr. Christopher Wilson, Medical Director for South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital referencing a study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute that showed patients treated in inpatient facilities experienced improved quality of life as compared to skilled nursing facilities.

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community is truly rewarding,” Garza says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital also will collaborate with peers throughout the nation to share information and establish best practices for patients. “This helps elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States,” Garza says.

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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