Success Stories

John Massey

John Massey knew he needed help before he could safely return home following an extended hospital stay.

“Working in textiles all my life, I have always been in pretty good shape. I never thought I would end up in a hospital.”

However, that’s what happened to John Massey, a 74-year-old gentleman from the Donald’s-Abbeville area. John underwent heart surgery due to complications and had an extended hospital stay. That extended hospitalization left John extremely weak.

“When it was time for me to leave the hospital, I knew that I wasn’t ready,” John recalled. “I had so much weakness in my legs and almost no endurance. I did not feel safe going home.”

John chose to admit to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital for intensive inpatient therapy to regain his strength and independence.

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John Slappy

John Slappy knew he needed help regaining his function after a stroke, and chose GRRH to help

Before his stroke, John Slappy was an active member of our local community. Unfortunately, the stroke significantly limited John’s abilities. At home, John was weak, lacked balance, and could barely walk 25 feet. He fell often and struggled to accomplish everyday tasks.

To regain his function and independence, John needed medical rehabilitation. He chose Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to help him overcome this challenge.

“I didn’t want to leave home, but I knew I couldn’t continue down my current path,” John shared. “I’m glad I decided to come.”

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Andy Bell

Andy was initially unsure about inpatient rehab. But he’s so thankful his wife convinced him to admit to GRRH.

Andy Bell’s journey has been one filled with trials and tribulations.

Years ago, Andy had a tracheostomy placed due to a respiratory issue. More recently, he faced a significant bout with COVID-19. Though he’s had his share of setbacks, Andy never even thought about giving up.

“I have worked my whole life and have always been able to take care of myself,” Andy reflected. “We never expect it to be us in the hospital bed.”

To regain his function and independence following COVID-19, Andy admitted to Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. At GRRH, Andy completed intensive inpatient therapy to address the virus’s effects on his body.

But that was a decision Andy needed some help making. “I was wary about rehab, but my loving wife helped persuade me.”

“Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I could have made for my care.”

“It took a lot of hard work, prayer, and a dedicated team to get me to where I am today,” Andy said gratefully. “I came into the rehabilitation hospital in a wheelchair, and I can proudly say I’m leaving on my own two feet!”

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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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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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