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12.09.14 -William "The Refrigerator" Perry visits with patients and staff of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

Pictured left to right: Theresa Phillips, Sheryl Fleming, Art Kirkland, Mr. Perry, Kerry Trapnell, and Christi Opperman (kneeling)

On November 19, 2014, the patients and staff of GRRH were greeted by a special guest, Mr. William "The Refrigerator" Perry. While there, Mr. Perry was able to tour the facility and visit with almost every patient and employee.

Everyone was excited to meet Mr. Perry and many took pictures with him as well. He was able to speak with everyone and bring big smiles to so many patients and staff that day!

Pictured left to right: Melynda White (Patient) and Mr. Perry

One particular patient, Melynda White, expressed it this way: "Very few times in our lives, we are allowed to spend time with a famous athlete such as William Perry, a visit I will treasure always. It's quite apparent he's much more than a legendary big man in a uniform on a field with a name. He’s a big man with a bigger heart, which he shares willingly with others by giving back of himself. Thank you to GRRH for allowing this experience to become a treasured memory!"

William “The Refrigerator” Perry was in town appearing at a charity golf tournament with The Southern Community Foundation. GRRH would like to thank The Southern Community Foundation and William Perry for making this day possible!

12.09.14 -Connect YP honors Under 40 stars at luncheon

With the announcement coming in November, the 10 new Connect YP Under 40 Stars were honored Wednesday at the James Medford Family Event Center on the Piedmont Technical College campus during an awards luncheon.

Connect YP, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce's young professionals organization, focuses on providing opportunities to Greenwood's young professionals to develop successful careers while developing professional and personal networks, participating in the community and growing professionally.

Connect YP's Under 40 Stars are leaders in the community under the age of 40 who contribute personally, professionally and philanthropically to Greenwood.

"We think they're very well-rounded individuals, and our community is blessed to have them," Claire Kuhl, Greenwood Chamber of Commerce board chairwoman, said. "We want the community to share in what they've done." Each new star was honored at the luncheon with an award, gift bag and introduction involving video interview presentations and brief words from emcees Christa Hanson of TinkHanson Creative and Andy Schwark of Eaton Corp.

Schwark, president of Connect YP, said the Under 40 Stars will provide the future leadership in the community.

"Hopefully, we bring recognition to their achievements," he said. "Just in general, I think it's a great rallying cry for area businesses."

Schwark said the awards luncheon is a critical event to help recognize young leadership, promote their achievements to the community and honor their ability.

In its fifth year, the Under 40 Stars included honorees from local government, area businesses, human resources, public relations and school administration among others.

Because of the challenges in finding a critical mass of young leadership in a community the size of Greenwood, Kuhl said it's important to recognize those hard hitters and their talents.

The recognition process starts with nominations primarily from chamber members (non-members can submit nominations as well), according to Stacy Boyce, communications director for the chamber.

Three to five well-connected, experienced community residents use a rating system to score the nominees. Once the ranking sheets are tabulated, there is further discussion among the group before final selections are made.

Boyce said the top candidates usually separate themselves from the rest of the nominees, making the process definitive and easier to manage. No more than 10 stars can be selected at a time.


Toby Chappell, Greenwood County
John Davidson, Capsugel
Danielle Fields, Countybank
Alexandria Merritt, Eaton Corp.
Julie Miner, Greenwood Partnership Alliance
Casey Tompkins, StaffSource Inc.
Kerry Trapnell, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
Anna Marie Underwood, Capsugel
Julie Wilkie, City of Greenwood
Trentsie Williams, GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission

05.19.14 -Georgia stroke patient seeks out Greenwood hospital for rehabilitative care

After suffering a stroke, 59-year-old Lane Norton from Athens, Ga., and her family chose Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital over several rehabilitative treatment options that were available in their home state. Lane says they were looking for a facility that embodies the ideals of what they thought rehabilitation should be and would enable her to receive aquatic therapy as part of her treatment – and they found that here in Greenwood. (Note: Greenwood Rehab is ranked in the top 10% of rehab hospitals nationally.)

Lane’s prognosis wasn’t good following her stroke. She was unable to do everyday tasks such as walking, sitting, dressing, or even rolling over in her bed because of extreme weakness in her body.

But after nearly 4 weeks of rehabilitative treatment, Lane walked out of Greenwood Regional Rehab Hospital with a walker and hospital staff lining the halls clapping for her. (I’ve included a photo of this).

Lanes now has regained independence and can eat, bathe and dress herself.

05.19.14 - Pilot Club and Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Partner

The Pilot Club of Greenwood received a matching grant for a wheelchair accessible glider, called the WhisperGLIDE Swing to be donated to the Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. This glider will allow wheelchair bound patients to visit with friends and family in a relaxing and socially supportive setting.

The Glider provides gentle exercise, helps to reduce anxiety, and provides an environment for socialization and friendship. Wheelchairs are able to be rolled onto the glider ramp and be locked safely into place. “This glider not only provides an outdoor option for patients recovering at the Rehab Center, but allows families an alternative place for visiting" states Pilot Club president, Carol Scales.

Rehab staff member, Rich Hujus, commented that the glider will be a great attraction for children and grandkids visiting at the Center. Pilot Clubs internationally have added the needs of caregivers to their continuing focus on brain health. The wheelchair accessible glider addresses not only care for patients but for their care giving families, as well.

The Pilot Club is celebrating its 80th year of service in the Greenwood community and this will be their signature project in 2014. The Pilot Club is pleased to partner with a rehabilitation facility known in the community for quality patient care and ranked in the top 10% nationwide for the sixth consecutive year by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. Matching funds will be sought from local civic and professional groups, community grants, and patients and their families over the next several months.

For additional information about how to participate in this project please contact Carol Scales at 864-227-0687.

05.19.14 - Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital recognized in Top 10 Percent of Rehabilitation Hospitals Nationally for
6th consecutive year

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationally for the 6th consecutive year.

The ranking was provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education. It ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely.

“We continually strive to provide high quality care to our patients, so it’s exciting to be recognized as a national leader – especially for 6 years in a row,” says Kerry Trapnell, CEO of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “But what I’m most pleased about are that patients right here in our community can receive the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally without having to leave the area.”

UDSMR, which administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, provides common language and measurement tools to monitor patient results.

“Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Trapnell. “This helps us elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States.”

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been a member of the Greenwood community since 2007. It provides intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injury or illness.


02.04.14 - Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital AWARDED ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in July of 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Kerry Trapnell, CEO. “In addition to our The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for the communities we serve.”

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.


12.20.13 -

Salvation Army Angel Tree Gifts

Thank you GRRH Staff for helping the children of our community have a blessed Christmas this year!  At least 50 children will receive gifts because of our generous donations.

We also received over 25 coats to be given out to needy families!  Great job, GRRH!!!

5.22.13 -
Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital supports March of Dimes
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The Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital recently raised over 18,000 for the March of Dimes. Employees gathered together for a photo displaying a large check showing the actual funds raised through their efforts
Pictured are GRRH Employees left to right: Elizabeth Koeppen, Erin Reid with March of Dimes, Julia Beth Dettman, Carrie Studebaker, Raigon Watkins, Christi Opperman, Charity Walker, and Kerry Trapnell

Local Rehab Hospital Adds 8 Beds, 10 Jobs

Front, l to r: Art Kirkland, Christi Opperman, Kerry Trapnell,
Louis Trapnell, Rich Hujus. Back, l to r: Linda Cartee, Susan Steeley,
Angie Young, Debbie Punzirudu, Dr. Cam Monda

Brian King
News Editor

GREENWOOD, SC - The Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital officially opened its brand new eight-bed addition at their facility on Parkway Street. The additional beds bring 10 new full-time jobs to Greenwood residents in addition to several other "as-needed" positions.

The facility can now house a total of 54 patients on the Greenwood campus, 42 in-patient and 12 skilled nursing. CEO Kerry Trapnell said he is pleased to be giving back to the community. "We are trying to do our part in Greenwood," Trapnell said. "Being able to add the full-time and PRN (as-needed) jobs lets us give back to the community that has supported us."

Trapnell noted that Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been in the top 10% in patient outcomes for the last four years. They were in the top 5% in 2011.

Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours Sponsored by Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital sponsored Business after Hours on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The event is designed to highlight businesses and network with other professionals. Approximately seventy five people attended the event. GRRH provided tours of the facility, and announced their qualification by Uniform Data System in the Top 10% of rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. This is the third consecutive year GRRH has be awarded this honor. The award is given in recognition of the excellent care GRRH provides to its patients.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Announces All-Star of the Year 2010

In this photo with our 2010 All-Star’s of the Month
(back row) Tim Kagle, CEO, Rita Dixon, Liz Koeppen, Sheree Foster,
Sherry Martin, JoAnn Elam, Will Garcia. (front row) Michele Phillips, Lorie Burgess,
Curtis Gantt, Ben Marcengill and Kelly Shirley.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital announced Curtis Gantt, Registered Nurse as the 2010 All-Star of the year, at our hospital’s annual All-Star Celebration. Curtis was selected by his peers for embracing the Hospital’s nine Guiding Principles. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Celebration Program; following recognition of each 2010 All-Star’s of the Month.

Greenwood Regional is a forty six bed acute in-patient rehabilitation hospital fulfilling the needs of Greenwood and surrounding counties. The care received at GRRH involves the physical and emotional needs of the patients. Our outcomes have been rewarding for patients, their families and our staff.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is Going Red to Support AHA

Employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital wore red in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women celebrated on Friday, February 4, 2011. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, with more women dying from heart disease than four other diseases combined. GRRH employees are passionate caregivers and support the American Heart Association in their efforts to diminish heart disease.

GRRH Rehabilitating Spirits During the Holidays

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s employees participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Their generosity will ensure that children in our area will have laughter and excitement as they realize their wish has been fulfilled. At Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, we recognize and respond to the community needs.

Our gifts were taken to the Salvation Army for distribution on December 15, 2010. Additionally, our employees have contributed funds through out the year which enabled GRRH to purchase six additional bicycles for distribution to needy children.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is a forty six bed in-patient rehabilitation hospital, which offers rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered a functional decline as the result of injury or illness. We are dedicated to assisting patients return home with a high quality of life. At GRRH, we promote a healing and nurturing environment, responding to medical, physical, psychological and social needs of our patients.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Hosted a NEURO-IFRAH Certification Course

September 11-17 and October 16 – 22

In attendance were thirteen therapists. Ten former and current patients participated in the hands on demonstration of the NEURO-IFRAH technique with functional gains attained throughout the training. The course is specifically designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physical therapy assistants who work with adults with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury. The course emphasizes assessment and management to develop excellence in maximizing functional outcomes throughout the continuum of care. The course utilizes an integrative whole person approach in restoring function and making it possible for a person to return to independent living. The course instructors were IFRAH Specialists Mary Linder, OTRL from Memphis, Tennessee, and Megan Warr, OTRL from Cordova, Tennessee. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has NEURO-IFRAH trained therapists on staff. GRRH has an excellent inpatient stroke rehabilitation program to include use of Lite Gait equipment, Bioness, NEURO-IFRAH techniques, and has developed an educational manual designed specifically for the stroke patient and their families.

Life After a Stroke, One Patient’s Success Story

Samatha, another graduate
of the Greenwood Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital

As a mother of three children, Samantha was attending ball games, soccer matches, and other activities that her children were involved in. Samantha went to bed on Sunday night, with no symptoms. When she awoke, she stumbled getting out of bed, leaning to one side, and realized her left arm and leg felt heavy. Her speech was slurred. She immediately went to the hospital and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Samantha did have a stroke resulting in left-sided weakness and paralysis.

A person never imagines having a stroke, a debilitating occurrence, particularly something that would leave you paralyzed on one side of your body. The easiest, common tasks that one takes for granted become a challenge. Dressing, eating, bathing, and toileting can be an overwhelming undertaking. A lot of people have strokes, but what makes her situation different is that she is only thirty two years old. The illness altered her life.
Click here to learn more.

Couple Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Charles and Linda Crowder celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 13,2010 at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, where Mr. Crowder was receiving rehabilitation following surgery.

The rehabilitation staff surprised the couple with a celebration complete with a steak dinner, balloons and flowers. Crowder’s family also attended this very special celebration.

Greenwood Regional Hospital has been open since October 2007 and is located at 1530 Parkway, Greenwood, SC. We are dedicated to providing high quality, cost-effective physical medicine and rehabilitation services to promote the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness as well as those with chronic or complex medical conditions.


Behind Bars to Raise Money for MDA

Sharon and Laura are shown in the photo behind bars with handcuffs on, ready to raise bail!

Laura Granger, Director of Human Resources, and Sharon Martin, Director of Marketing and Business Development, agreed to participate in the Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up fundraiser. The event was held at O’Charley’s Restaurant in Greenwood, South Carolina on March 24, 2010. Laura and Sharon together raised $685 in one hour of telephone donations obtained from Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, co-workers, family and friends. MDA is a non profit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related diseases. For more information concerning Muscular Dystrophy, go to mda.org.

GRRH celebrates Brain Injury Month

GRRH Brain Injury Support Group

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a dinner for the Brain Injury Support Group on March 18, 2010. This is a newly formed support group which meets the third Thursday of each month. The Brain Matters group is designed for individuals who have sustained a brain injury. The brain injury individuals and their families are encouraged to attend the meetings for discussion, encouragement, support, information and friendship.

Pertinent information and topics are presented at these meetings. Tina Paysinger, DPT, Director of Therapy Operations at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is scheduled to speak at Brain Matters regarding the use of Bioness, and Neuro IFRAH techniques for improving the functional status after injury. The public is invited to attend.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. The Brain Injury Support Group meets at the Burton Center located at 2605 Hwy 72/221E, Greenwood, South Carolina. For more information, please contact Kristy Lawson at 942-7124, or email klawson@burtoncenter.org.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Trained Neuro IFRAH Therapists

Laurie Pettit and Scott Gams with a GRRH patient
using Neuro IFRAH to initiate first time movement
in a hemiplegic arm

Greg Farmer, OTR, MS, and Laurie Pettit, PT, both employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), recently received their certification in the Neuro IFRAH approach for the handling of adults with hemiplegic from a stroke or brain injury. The Neuro IFRAH approach is a philosophy of handling patients to facilitate normal movement in the patient’s affected limbs and send feedback to their central nervous system on how to restore that movement in functional activities. Excess tone is inhibited and proper muscle alignment and handling allows for the normal movement to begin.

This approach integrates bodies of knowledge from all therapy disciplines, treats all systems of the person, and incorporates the variables of the patient’s past, their roles, their environment, and their current abilities. GRRH fully expects the Neuro IFRAH approach to be a valuable asset because of the benefits it brings to the neuro population.

For more information, please call (864) 330-1800, or visit our hospital at 1530 Parkway, Greenwood, South Carolina.

"Race for the Children" 5k Race Scheduled for March

Stacie Smith, Coordinator for the Guardian ad Litem program of Greenwood and Abbeville counties, announced that its foundation, A Voice for the Children Foundation, will sponsor an inaugural 5 Kilometer “Race for the Children” on Saturday, March 6 at the Greenwood YMCA, 1760 Calhoun Road. The race, to benefit children in foster care in the two counties, begins at 8:00 A. M., and is sponsored by the Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Smith credits Richenda Brown with the idea for organizing the race.

"Richenda has taken a great deal of interest in our program since learning about foster care kids. She understands that, in order for these children to have a more normal life, funding provided by the state must be supplemented,” said Smith.

The Greenwood Rehab Hospital gave a donation of $1,000 and is the primary sponsor for the event. They have a forty six bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. GRRH provides the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness, as well as those with chronic or complex medical conditions.

"We like to give back to the community,” said Sharon Martin, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Greenwood Rehab Hospital. “We have employees that are part of seven different counties so we like to participate in community events.”

The race features events for entrants 14 and under, all the way to 70 and over. Each category includes runners in five-year age spans. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners, as well as the top male and top female runner in each age group. The course is an asphalt road, mostly flat. The regular entry fee of $20 includes a t-shirt for each runner. A late registration fee of $25 will be collected after February 28; t-shirts are not guaranteed for late registrations.

“I hope everyone who loves running will turn out, take part, and have fun, knowing they are helping needy children, too,” Brown smiled. “Everyone is welcome---walkers, as well as runners--and we’ll all lace up and go, rain or shine!”

Runners may register by going online at www.active.com/running/greenwood-sc/race-for-the-children-2010and completing registration electronically or printout the registration form from the www.childvoice.weebly.com, complete it, and send it with check made out to A Voice for the Children 5K. Mail it to Richenda Brown at P. O. Box 1454, Greenwood, SC 29648.

The South Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Select Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to receive the “Above and Beyond Award”

Pictured left to right: Mr. John Green Chair,
SC ESGR Committee, Laura Granger, James Rebholz,
National Chairman, ESGR.

Staff Sergeant Mathew C. Scruggs, a registered nurse at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), nominated GRRH. Sergeant Scruggs is currently on active duty and stationed in Iraq. This award recognizes those employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their Guard and Reserve employees. The award is given to only a select few out of thousands of employers throughout the state and is presented annually by the South Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Laura Granger, Director of Human Resources at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, attended the 2010 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve annual awards banquet on Friday, December 4th, in Myrtle Beach to accept the award on behalf of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. This annual event recognized fifteen employers.


Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s Donation Ensures No Child Will Be Empty-Handed This Holiday Season

The season of joy, warmth, sparkling lights, laughter and family is upon us. This year, with an increase in economic depression, there are many families who would not be celebrating without the help from others. At Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, we recognize and respond to the community needs. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is one of fourteen hospitals owned by Ernest Health. Ernest Health has a charitable intent to support the Salvation Army in the markets where it has an operational presence. The Company is named in honor of Major Ernest Robert Toplis, who spent his lifetime helping those in need as an officer in the Salvation Army.

On November 6, 2009, Major Dieter Zimmerer accepted a donation of $2,130 from Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital and Ernest Health. Major Zimmerer estimated the Salvation Army will be providing clothing and toys for fifteen hundred children in our area. He stated the need will be approximately five thousand items.Some of the angels on the Angel Trees do not get chosen and the funds donated will help supplement gifts so no child will have to be empty handed. Major Zimmerer stressed thatSalvation Army needs the support of the community, and together we can provide a good
Christmas for the children of our community. Click here to learn more.

Patient Utilizes Bioness® Therapy

Mrs. Edith Baldridge at GRRH  
Baldridge's Bioness Therapy

At 86 years old, Mrs. Edith Baldridge had been living alone and was independent. On October 5 she suffered a stroke that affected her right upper and lower extremities. Upon arrival at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital four days later, Mrs. Baldridge required two people to lift and transfer her from her bed to a chair. She could not close her hand or grasp an object. She was unable to ambulate.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, known for its state-of-the-art facility, utilized the advanced Bioness® NESS H200 and NESS L300 devices to provide functional and therapeutic benefits to aid in Mrs. Baldridge’s therapy. Click here to learn more.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH) celebrated National Rehabilitation Week, September 21 through September 25.

The week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; to highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; to salute the professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and to show the nation’s commitment to fulfill the unmet needs of people with disabilities.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is the only in-patient rehabilitation hospital in the Lakelands region, which offers rehabilitation services for patients who suffered functional deficits as the result of injury or illness. “Since our opening in October 2007, we have helped countless patients regain independence and a renewed sense of self-sufficiency,” said Tim Kagle, Chief Executive Officer.
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Halo Patient Continues Independence One Year Later

Ms. Burnett, a 68 year old widowed female who lives alone, was diagnosed with a C-2 fracture in August 2008 as a result of an auto accident. Ms. Burnett had a halo, weighing approximately 25 pounds, which caused balance issues as well as anxiety.

When admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (GRRH), she was dependent and needed assistance for eating, transfers and walking. Additionally, she required maximal assistance for dressing. In the acute hospital, both friends and case management thought a nursing home setting would be the most appropriate, but she chose GRRH and was prepared to work hard at her goal to return home.
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Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Employees Donate to Meals on Wheels

Charitable Intent Committee members: (back row L to R) Kerry Trapnell, Christi Opperman, Julia Beth Dettmann, April Clamp and Tim Kagle. Front Row: Rita Dixon, C.I. Committee Chair; Laura Granger, Campaign Chair; Tracy Marcengill(Meals on Wheels Exec. Dir.), and Tommy McCrea of Carolina Prosthetics: Door Prize Winner.

Employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital recently raised $700.00 to benefit Meals on Wheels through a drawing for a 32” LCD TV and wii. The winning ticket was drawn by Meals on Wheels Executive Director, Tracy Marcengill during a 4th of July cookout. Tommy McCrea from Carolina Prosthetics was the lucky winner.

Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation is a forty six bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital which fulfills the needs of our community. GRRH is dedicated to providing high quality rehabilitation services that promote the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness, as well as those with chronic or complex medical conditions. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital was recently ranked in the top 10 percent of 813 inpatient rehabilitation facilities IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) in 2008. The rankings were determined by using UDSmr’s program evaluation model (PEM). The goal of the PEM Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

McDowell Takes Steps for First Time in 15 Years

It may sound like a cliché but a picture is worth a thousand words. James McDowell walks for first time in fifteen years following a twenty nine day stay at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. McDowell had been wheelchair bound and unable to walk since 1994 secondary to his cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder that compresses nerve roots and cuts off the sensation and movement of the legs.

McDowell was admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital on January 7, 2009 to begin his physical recovery following abdominal surgery at a local hospital.

During his stay, he worked with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and rehabilitation nurses who are dedicated to helping patients achieve their functional goals. McDowell’s goals were simple, at first. He wanted to be able to return home and be able to transfer himself from bed to wheelchair. However, as he began to work with the therapy professionals, McDowell surprised himself and the treatment team by achieving greater than expected gains. Due to his increased strength and fitting for ankle braces, he was able to walk again. “Fifteen years is a long time not to have walked, and I could not have done this without the team at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital,” said McDowell.

The employees of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital lined the hallway for the discharge sendoff; known as “Priority One”. So on February 5, 2009 James McDowell walked out of the hospital and in to the community. He is no longer hindered by being wheelchair bound.

2008 GRRH News

2007 GRRH News