Success Stories

Ronnie Cannady

Ronnie Cannady discharges from Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital after recovering from a spinal cord injury.

When Ronnie Cannady began to experience weakness in his arms and legs, he feared he was having a stroke. Having suffered a stroke five years earlier, he was relieved to hear this wasn’t the case. But, he was feeling discouraged with the diagnosis he received. Ronnie learned that he was suffering from a severe narrowing of his spinal canal. This caused the nerve compression responsible for his weakness.

Unfortunately, Ronnie’s condition continued to worsen. Spending time with family and enjoying hobbies became impossible. When Ronnie was no longer able to walk, he admitted to a local hospital for further evaluation. While hospitalized, Ronnie’s physician informed him that surgery was not an option. The physician recommended intense rehabilitation as an alternative treatment plan.
 
Ronnie transferred to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to begin his treatment. With daily physical and occupational therapy sessions, he regained his strength. Soon, Ronnie began walking again. “I don’t remember being this bad off after I had my stroke,” Ronnie recalled. “Even when I felt down-and-out, the nurses, doctors, and therapists refused to let me think that way.”
 
Ronnie successfully exceeded his rehabilitation goals while at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. After being discharged, he was able to focus on spending time with his family again. Ronnie looks forward to resuming his favorite pastime, fishing. He was feeling very optimistic about making that first cast after gaining his new lease on life!
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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

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

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Kristin Manske, CEO of Greenwood Regional 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.”

Greenwood Regional 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. Clifford Monda, Medical Director of Greenwood Regional 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,” Manske says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, Mountain Valley Regional 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,” Manske says.

Greenwood Regional 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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