Making the Rounds of OVGH Leaves One Patient Happy with Our Hospitality
Making a trip to the hospital is rarely in anyone’s plans. But what about when you’re more than 200 miles away from home? That was the case for Patricia Weiss, a retired school teacher visiting her granddaughter at Robert Morris University. A simple weekend bag was all she and her husband packed, before a fall off a step in their hotel put Patricia in an ambulance to Ohio Valley General Hospital.
“I had no idea where we were…had no idea where we were going. The pain was excruciating, like nothing I had ever felt before.”
Patricia was wheeled into the E.R. on October 19th. She quickly made the rounds on 4 of the 5 hospital floors, first for surgery to repair a bad fracture to her hip, then to cardiology to monitor a heart condition, and finally to the Acute Rehab Unit for recovery.
“Because of the instability of her bone fracture, Dr. Ryon Hurh limited Patricia to 25% usage or less of her left leg,”said Frank Stupartiz, physical therapist. Not only was she limited in walking, but Patricia had to re-learn how to do things others take for granted: sitting, standing, doing laundry, even washing dishes. Everything was different now with the leg restrictions. “I’ve never been in a situation where I was fully dependent before,” Patricia said of the rehab.
“We take a progressive approach…smaller expectations to start and we use encouragement to promote success. Patricia did a series of upper body strengthening to help build her strength and confidence,” said Laura Vorrias-Newman, occupational therapy assistant.
That improvement happened quickly. While she is not fully recovered, thanks to the hard work of the ER staff, the Med-Surg nurses and surgeon, and the ARU, Patricia was able to leave OVGH after an almost two week stay. But accidents that happen across state lines can involve red tape—something OVGH case managers helped clear up for Patricia and her husband, Tony.
Her husband, who grew up in a family of nurses, said you don’t often hear of the “good” stories out of a hospital; the case managers who call to get you a prescription for a wheelchair across state lines or the nurses who wash your hair for you. He said they were so grateful to the staff of OVGH for what they did for them. Patricia agreed, saying, “I didn’t want to be here, but there were so many good people willing to help. I couldn’t name them all. They’ve gone out of their way to make my transition positive, and went above and beyond for me with everything.”
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