All posts by Jason Glogau

David Brannon

Initially against inpatient rehab, David now considers it one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

David Brannon didn’t want to go to a rehabilitation hospital. But after an inpatient stay at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, he’s become a serious advocate for intensive therapy.

A pleasant gentleman, David arrived at GRRH with significant deficiencies in his strength, endurance, and overall health. Initially, he could barely walk four feet. But his hard work and determination, paired with the clinical excellence of the GRRH staff, led to substantial improvements during his stay.

“I couldn’t even stand,” David reflected. “I had to learn how to walk again. The therapy staff here at GRRH have literally been here with me every step of the way.”

David is quite glad he chose to admit to GRRH for rehabilitation. “Before, I was so against rehab, but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was skeptical at first, but since coming here, I would highly recommend GRRH to anyone who may need their services.”

When he discharged from GRRH, David could ambulate over 100 feet with a rolling walker and even gained the ability to walk up and down four steps of stairs.

David left with a note of thanks. “The therapy staff were phenomenal! I would like to personally thank Rebecca, Amy, Jenna, and Laurie for all their help, patience, and encouragement.”

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Donna Ek

Donna required intensive rehabilitation before she could safely return home.

A dedicated mother and wife, Donna Ek had a lot to fight for when she contracted COVID-19. And she faced quite the strenuous battle with the virus.

After an extended hospitalization, Donna admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital with significant challenges. She arrived requiring 5-6L of oxygen, had no endurance, and experience shortness of breath with any type of exertion. For Donna, even getting dressed was a battle at times.

But Donna was in the right place and had the right mindset. Thanks to her individual efforts and the help of GRRH’s dedicated staff and doctors, Donna made significant progress in her recovery.

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Terry Winn

Terry Winn was in the hospital from August to November, fighting for her life.

For Terry Winn, being home for the holidays has an entirely new meaning this year. She spent a large portion of the year, from August to November, hospitalized with COVID-19. Two of those months, she fought for her life on a ventilator. Once she stabilized, Terry was evaluated and transferred to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

Upon her arrival, Terry couldn’t walk or stand without assistance. During her inpatient stay, Terry completed a rigorous course of physical and occupational therapy. By her discharge day, Terry walked out of GRRH with the assistance of a walker.

Since returning home, Terry and her husband of 44 years spend their time cooking and riding in their golf cart. Terry even cleaned the house without the use of her walker! She looks forward to seeing the Christmas lights with family and says it’s the “little things” that really do mean the most.

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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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Greenwood Transitional Rehabilitation Unit Named Best Nursing Home

Greenwood Transitional Rehabilitation Unit has been named one of the Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report. The ratings, released annually since 2009, are based on data collected and published by the Federal government.

“Our Greenwood Transitional Rehabilitation Unit has highly skilled and attentive staff that work closely with our residents and families to ensure they have an exceptional stay,” says Kristin Manske, CEO of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “Being recognized as one of the 2018-2019 U.S. News Best Nursing Homes is a wonderful achievement, not just for our staff but for the Greenwood community.”

To be recognized as one of the 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes, a facility must receive a rating of “High Performing”. Of the 15,616 nursing homes evaluated, 2,975 facilities were recognized with the “Best Nursing Home” label. That puts Greenwood Transitional Rehabilitation Unit in the top 12% of short-stay rehab units.

“We are the only short-term rehabilitation facility that has full-time medical coverage from a specialty trained physical medicine and rehabilitation physician,” says Dr. Clifford Monda, Medical Director of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. “Having an individualized treatment plan for our residents helps to promote overall wellness and improved functional outcomes.”

“We believe that everyone deserves the best care possible,” says Elizabeth Bencebi, RN, Nursing Home Administrator of Greenwood Transitional Care Unit. “Our attention to providing quality care is a major factor in producing the outstanding outcomes GTRU is known for.”

Greenwood Transitional Care Unit is a short-term rehabilitation unit located on the campus of Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. The unit provides services for patients with functional deficits as a result of debilitating illnesses or injuries, focusing on the skills required for a safe discharge to home. Greenwood Transitional Care Unit features a 6000 square foot therapy gym, a pool for aquatic therapy and a therapy courtyard.

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What to Pack for a Hospital Stay

Whether you are a patient preparing for an inpatient hospital stay, or someone who’s loved one unexpectedly finds themselves in a hospital, having the right things for a hospital stay is important. Packing the right items will help make your stay less stressful and allow you to focus on your recovery.

Below you’ll find a summary of suggested items to pack for a hospital stay.


  • 5-6 outfits of loose fitting pants and tops
  • Undergarments
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Supportive pair of athletic shoes with non-skid soles
  • Night clothes (gown, robe, pajamas)


  • Soap, if you prefer a certain brand
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash & dentures
  • Comb, brush, shaving supplies & cosmetics
  • Deodorant, lotion, perfume, & aftershave


  • Insurance cards & medical information
  • Eyeglasses & hearing aids
  • Incontinence pads (if needed)
  • Pillow, blanket
  • Family pictures
  • Laundry basket or bag

Click here to download a printable version of this checklist

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Understanding Influenza: 5 Facts to Know this Flu Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst. Understanding Influenza – how it’s spread, how to prevent it, and the symptoms of the flu – can help keep you, and your community healthy this winter. Below are five flu facts to know as we enter flu season.

Can a flu shot give me the flu?

The Influenza vaccine is safe and cannot give you the Flu. It takes 2 weeks to build up your immunity, so you can contract the flu before developing the antibodies.

How is the flu spread?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus that spreads when you are exposed to an infected person that coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching your nose, mouth or eyes after touching a surface with the virus on it.

How can I prevent the flu?

There are several things you can do to keep yourself flu-free! The most important step you can take is to get a flu vaccine each year. You can also help prevent getting the flu by frequently using hand sanitizer or washing your hands. Try to avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes. Avoid spreading the flu by covering your coughs/sneezes and by staying home if you are sick. Additionally, be sure to keep surfaces in your home clean.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms usually start 1-4 days after exposure and usually come on suddenly. You are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after the illness starts. However, you can infect others before you are symptomatic and up to a week after becoming sick.

Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can include fever, headache, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, sore throat, cough and chills. Seek medical care for any worsening symptoms.

What is the treatment for the flu?

Rest, pain relievers and extra fluids will help to lessen your symptoms. While antibiotics are not effective for the flu, there are prescription antiviral medications that can help to lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration. But, they must be started within 48 hours after onset.

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Resources for Caregivers

There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” – Rosalyn Carter

Caregivers often hide in plain sight. They make up a substantial portion of the United States population. In the US alone, there are over 40 million unpaid caregivers for adults over the age of 65. We tend not to realize the strain put on an individual who cares for a loved one. Instead, we see only the selflessness with which they provide care. Unfortunately, there’s often more going on than we recognize.

Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming, particularly when providing care for a spouse. It’s important to understand and utilize the resources available to you as a caregiver. Here are some great resources for caregivers:

VA Caregiver Support

If you provide care for a veteran, the Veterans Administration has a number of resources available to you. Services offered include mentoring, diagnosis-specific tips and guidance. Additionally, help is available to care for your loved one so that you have time to care for yourself. Many of these services are provided at no cost.

Diagnosis-specific Support Networks

Many organizations offer online support networks for patients and caregivers, focused on specific diagnoses. These support networks typically have segments dedicated to the unique needs of caregivers. Some of the organizations offering these support networks include:

Local Support Groups

Hospitals often host support groups on a variety of topics. Some are diagnosis-specific. Others focus directly on caregivers. It can be quite helpful to connect with individuals who have had similar experiences to yours. Contact your local hospital to find out what support groups they host and when they meet.

An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” – Unknown

As a caregiver, it’s important not to neglect yourself. The resources above offer support so that you can care for yourself, too. Additionally, you may speak with your healthcare provider for more resources. Remember, taking good care of yourself is part of providing care to another!

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How to Spot a Stroke

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for about one out of every 20 deaths.

As many as 80% of strokes may be preventable. But if someone is suffering a stroke, one of the most important factors is time. Knowing the signs of stroke, and what to do in that situation, could save a person’s life.

All you need to remember is F-A-S-T.

F: Face Drooping

Look at the person’s face. Does one side droop? Do they feel numbness on one side of their face?
Action item: Ask the person to smile. Is their smile lopsided or uneven?

A: Arm Weakness

Does the person feel numbness or weakness in one arm?
Action item: Ask the person to raise both arms above their head. Are they able to lift both arms? Does one arm drift downward?

S: Speech Difficulty

Is the person making sense when they speak? Are their words slurred?
Action item: Ask the person to say a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Can you understand what they say?

T: Time to Call 9-1-1

If any of these symptoms are present, call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the operator you think someone is having a stroke. Do this even if these symptoms disappear. Time is critical, so it is important to get them to the hospital right away. Be sure to note the time when the symptoms appeared.
Action item: Call 9-1-1!

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3 Tips for Keeping Yourself Flu-Free

It’s that time of year again…flu season. With the constant risk of catching the virus, educating yourself can be the key to being flu-free.

The flu typically is spread when someone who has it coughs, sneezes, or talks. Droplets from his or her mouth spread to the mouths or noses of people nearby. Additionally, you can catch the flu from touching an object that has flu germs on it, and then touching your mouth or nose.

Once flu germs get inside the body, they go to the respiratory system. There, they attach to those cells, essentially turning them into more flu germs. That’s when your immune system begins to fight back. It does so by creating two different proteins that attack the virus – cytokines and chemokines. Cytokines multiply to help fight off the virus. Chemokines create white blood cells (called T cells) to help fight against the virus, as well.

Eventually, the fever that comes along with the flu is your body’s way of killing off the virus.

As it turns out, many symptoms you feel from the flu aren’t the virus itself. Rather, it is your immune system working to fight it off.

While it’s great that your body has the ability to fight the flu, the best defense is always prevention. To keep yourself flu-free, try these 3 tips:

  1. Get a flu shot. This vaccine is the number one way to keep the flu out of your body.
  2. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: wash, wash, wash your hands. When you wash your hands, you wash flu (and other) germs away, limiting your risk of catching them.
  3. Last, keep the surfaces clean in your house to help remove any flu germs.
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Physical Therapy vs. Opioids

Who among us hasn’t suffered the nuisance of a minor pain now and then? Usually, we can find quick relief with over-the-counter medications. But for those with chronic pain, stronger painkillers like opioids may be prescribed.

Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids – painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet. The use of these prescription drugs has quadrupled since 1999, although there hasn’t been an increase in the amount of pain Americans report.

In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million opioid prescriptions. That’s enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills.

In response to this growing opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released opioid prescription guidelines recognizing that opioids are appropriate in certain cases such as cancer treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care, and in certain acute care situations – if properly dosed. But for other pain management, the CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives such as physical therapy to cope with chronic pain.

Physical therapy is a safe and effective way to treat long-term pain. Physical therapists can provide evidence-based treatments that help not only treat the pain, but the underlying cause of the pain. They can provide exercises that focus on strength, flexibility, posture and body mechanics. Strengthening and stretching parts of the body that are affected by pain can decrease the pain, increase mobility, and improve overall mood.

So before agreeing to an opioid prescription for chronic pain, consult with your physician to discuss your options for a non-opioid treatment.

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