Success Stories

Sharon Benson

Sharon knew immediately NCRH was the place to recover from the injuries she sustained in a car accident

Last year, Sharon Benson retired from working full-time. She’s enjoyed retirement and kept busy with small jobs such as delivering food, house- and dog-sitting, and doing photography for a local business. The 66-year-old lives on a half-acre in Greeley, where she enjoys gardening, repairing yard equipment, and fixing up her house.

Then one day, Sharon was in a car accident. Hit on the driver’s side, she sustained a traumatic brain injury, rib fractures, and a pulmonary contusion.

Sharon knew where she wanted to be for her recovery: Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. “It’s the best place around!” she said. “The best therapy. The best outcomes. Highly-educated staff. And lower nurse-to-patient ratio.”

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Donald Holland

Donal’s extensive injuries left him in need of rehabilitation

Donald Holland is a 56-year-old widower who has enjoyed his time traveling the country as a semi-trailer truck driver. When he’s not driving his truck, Donald enjoys playing golf and caring for his four cats and four parrots. But while driving from Virginia to California, he was involved in a major motor vehicle accident when another vehicle pulled in front of him near the Nebraska-Wyoming border.

Donald arrived in a nearby emergency room with extensive injuries. His injuries included four broken ribs, broken bones in his hand, two broken fingers, a crack to his left leg bone, and a shattered pelvis.

His doctors told him that it was a miracle he hadn’t been paralyzed.

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Bob Mogus

Bob and his wife are thrilled they chose NCRH for his stroke rehabilitation

Robert (Bob) Mogus has lived in Sterling, Colorado, his entire life. Bob, 73, is retired and loves playing golf. He also loves being with his wife, with whom he is about to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Bob is a father of three, grandfather of five, and great-grandfather of three. He loves doing yard work and, above all, spending time with his spouse.

One day, Bob woke up from sleeping to find his right leg and arm were numb. They wouldn’t move. Further concerning, Bob’s speech was slurred. He was taken to the acute care hospital and diagnosed with a stroke.

Bob’s case manager at the acute care hospital recommended Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (NCRH). NCRH had a good reputation, and Bob and his wife liked the location. So they decided to go along with the case manager’s recommendation and transfer to NCRH.

“What a fantastic place!” Bob stated about NCRH. “The therapists were great! They really worked me hard so I can go home.”

“Dr. Witek and Dr. Asadi are great physicians and took outstanding care of me,” Bob continued. “The nursing staff was beyond fantastic. The food was good! My case manager, Celeste Coraggio, really helped me with all the paperwork and kept me informed all the time of what was going on with my discharge plan.”

“There’s not a single bad thing I can say about NCRH!”

Bob was filled with excitement as he prepared to discharge home from NCRH. He looks forward to getting home with his wife and family. Bob is now walking with a cane and has full movement of his right arm. Bob also looks forward to seeing his golden retriever, Duke.

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Janet Smith

Janet is reunited with Daisey after recovering from a stroke at NCRH

Janet Smith, 79, moved to Windsor, Colorado in 2018 to be closer to her three daughters and five grandchildren. Before the move, Janet lived in Idaho with her husband, who passed away. She loves living in her retirement community where she attends church, exercise classes, and does water aerobics. Janet also walks two miles a day with her dog, Daisey, and enjoys making chocolate chip cookies and eating ice cream, and the company of her many friends.

During one of her exercise classes, Janet began to feel unwell. Thankfully, a retired nurse in the class made sure Janet got medical attention. Brought to the acute care hospital, Janet was diagnosed with a stroke and left-sided weakness.

Upon discharge from the acute care hospital, Janet chose Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for her recovery. The rehab hospital is close both to Janet’s home and her family.

“Every employee was so nice and happy!” Janet said about her time and NCRH. She sang the praises of every department. “The food was great! The kitchen staff was so happy and always more than willing to accommodate my diet preferences! The therapy was so fun! Everyone was always smiling. And the nurses were wonderful, attentive, and happy. They would always make me feel like more than just a patient, but a friend!”

“I just loved how every one of the staff members always cared about my experience and asked questions to ensure I was doing well my entire stay.”

Having made significant improvements, Janet excitedly discharged home to Daisey. To continue advancing her recovery, Janet completed outpatient therapy at NCRH. She keeps her exercises on the fridge at her apartment, has resumed walking two miles per day, and is enjoying life with her friends and family.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better place to go. I recommend NCRH for the positive atmosphere!”

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Doug Harsha

Doug looks forward to walking his daughter down the aisle without an assistive device

Doug Harsha had big plans. His daughter was getting married, and the father of the bride looked forward to walking her down the aisle.

But as Doug looked forward to that special day, his plans were interrupted. On February 1st, Doug had a stroke at his home in Loveland, Colorado.

Before his stroke, Doug lived an active and independent life, working as a network engineer contractor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 70-year-old loves following SpaceX, reading, having coffee with friends, and going to church. Doug and his wife, Jonni, have been married for 37 years and have two daughters.

While in the acute care hospital, it became clear Doug wouldn’t be able to resume his active lifestyle without intensive rehabilitation. A physician friend recommended Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, a Stroke Center of Excellence.

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Makhan Singh

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. At least 3.6 million people in the U.S. sustain a brain injury each year.

Makhan’s experience at NCRH recovering from a brain injury was “nothing but great!”

Before his brain injury, Makhan Singh enjoyed retired living in Denver, Colorado. He relished the time spent with his wife of 45 years, his boys, and four grandchildren. In addition, Makhan loves his annual vacation to India, where he grew up.

Makhan’s life changed when he fell one day, accidentally hitting his head on a wall. The impact caused Makhan to suffer a subdural hematoma. He was hospitalized and required a craniotomy due to the injury.

For his recovery, Makhan chose Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. His case manager and physician at the acute care hospital both recommended NCRH.

“My time at NCRH has been nothing but great,” Makhan stated. “Everyone has been so nice, and I have no complaints!”

Makhan looks forward to returning home to his family and can’t wait to spend time with his grandchildren.

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Jesse Martinez

Jesse Martinez trusted both NCLTAH and NCRH with his care after suffering from a subdural hematoma and acute respiratory failure.

Jesse Martinez is 57 years old and lived in Denver, Colorado, working full-time for the city. He spends all the time he can with his family. He and his wife, Dawn, have three daughters and two grandchildren. Jesse taps into his creative side through music and used to work as a DJ. He also loves making art and enjoys watching football. He’s a huge Raiders fan.

On a day like any other, Jesse started experiencing a horrible headache. He went to an acute care hospital where they told Jesse he was suffering from a subdural hematoma and acute respiratory failure. His family chose to continue his recovery at Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital.

Jesse was appreciative of the support he received from the staff. “Everybody was so positive and helpful! The housekeeping staff always made me feel at home. The doctors and nurses were so positive.”

Although he improved, Jesse wasn’t quite ready to return home. He transferred to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital to begin rehab. He was just as impressed with the NCRH staff as he was with NCLTAH. “Every staff member was so friendly and nice! I didn’t have one bad experience, and everyone always made me feel comfortable. When I went home, I really missed everyone. They were just like my family.”

Jesse discharged home in July and moved to Loveland, Colorado, with his family. He is now retired, enjoying his peaceful life with his family. He’s happy to be around music again and is fixing up an old Chevy 1964.

“If it wasn’t for getting my care at these two facilities, I don’t know where I would be,” Jesse stated.

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Nathan Abelein

“The therapy was so interactive and fun! The entire staff was always cheering me on!”

Nathan Abelein, 55 years old, lives in Berthoud, Colorado, with his wife, Merrelyn. They have lived there for 22 of their 31 years of marriage. They have a couple of acres of property that they look after. Nathan works as an electrical engineer and enjoys playing ice hockey, scuba diving, and hiking. He loves spending quality time with his two children as well.

In September of 2021, Nathan became weak. He felt tired, started coughing, had no appetite, and developed a fever. Concerned with his worsening condition, he decided to go to the acute care hospital. There they put him on a ventilator for six weeks due to acute respiratory failure from COVID-19.

Once Nathan stabilized, he transitioned to a long-term acute hospital. Even after his time there, he needed more rehabilitation before going home. He chose Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for their exceptional reputation and recommendation from his nurses and case manager. He heard great things about their care from friends that were former patients.

During Nathan’s time at NCRH, the staff impressed him with their consistent support. “Jack Hawvermale, RN, was very attentive, communicated all the time, and went above and beyond. Madeline Roach, RN, always went out of her way to help. Emma Martin, PCT, was phenomenal and very genuine! Dr. Arrogante was very thorough and had fantastic communication!  Dr. Asadi would always talk to me at breakfast and cheer me on!”

Nathan is returning home soon and hopes to walk independently and come off oxygen by discharge day. He made great progress and is currently walking with a walker. Upon reflection of his care at NCRH, Nathan stated, “The therapy was so interactive and fun! The entire staff was always cheering me on! It’s a long road to my recovery, but I will be coming back for outpatient therapy at NCRH!”

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Brand Gould

“I went from being frozen, unable to move, to walking all over!”

Married for 16 years, Brand Gould and his wife Kelli live in Denver, CO. Now retired, he likes to stay very active. He enjoys hiking, mountaineering, bicycling, snowboarding and loves to play his acoustic guitar. He also enjoys traveling and stays social with friends and family.

One day in October 2021, Brand was riding his bike and had a bad accident. He ran into a concrete obstruction and suffered a shoulder injury, broken ribs, and a femur fracture. He chose to come to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for intensive rehabilitation. His friend, a physical therapist, highly recommended NCRH. She explained, “The physical and occupational therapists are the best in the state and have top-rated success stories!”

From the start of his time at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, Brand stayed dedicated to his recovery. He said, “From day one, I knew I picked the right place!” Brand appreciated all the support he received from his care team. “Dr. Witek was very patient, knowledgeable, friendly, and answered all my questions. I loved the nurses; they were all great and professional.”

During his rehabilitation, Brand’s therapists encouraged him. He explained, “The physical and occupational therapists are so knowledgeable and have great teamwork. It has been a lot of fun working with them! I also loved how they educated my wife as part of the program.”

After working hard each day with his team of caregivers, Brand started to see real progress. “My improvement has been phenomenal! I went from being frozen, unable to move, to moving all over independently!” Brand looks forward to getting home where he can sleep in his own bed, cook, and play his guitar again. With a long road ahead of him, he plans on taking his recovery one day at a time.

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Sheila Lerch

After her stroke, Sheila could hardly move her right arm and leg.

Sheila Lerch is 93 years old. She loves playing bridge with her friends and spends a lot of time with her three children. Currently, she lives with her son in Chesterfield, Missouri. Because of her big heart, her favorite thing to do is help others.

One day Sheila was out visiting her daughter in Estes Park, where she suffered a stroke. She could hardly move her right arm and leg. Her neurologist told her that she would never walk again. Determined not to give up, she was ready to prove him wrong.

Sheila’s family chose for her to continue her recovery at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. They heard great things about their care and read great reviews. Sheila’s case manager at the acute care hospital recommended NCRH for their stroke program. NCRH has received the Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for stroke rehabilitation. This certification signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for their patients.

Impressed from day one, Sheila loved working with her care team. She said, “The staff was so nice! Dr. Witek was very positive and saw me daily. The nurses took great care of me, and the therapists are excellent!”

After working hard towards her recovery goals, Sheila is now walking with a walker! She looks forward to getting home to her family and friends. Grateful that she can walk again, Sheila appreciates NCRH and all their help in her recovery. Sheila sure did prove her neurologist wrong. Miracles do come true!

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Amber Leach


After contracting COVID-19 and suffering respiratory failure, Amber Leach chose NCLTAH & NCRH for her recovery

Amber Leach, 44, lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She works for the state as a data analyst and loves her job. She is very active and stays social in her community. Amber explained, “I am very blessed with a great family and friends!” She enjoys being outdoors camping, fishing, riding horses, and participating in shooting sports. She also volunteers for the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Both her brother and sister live in Cheyenne, and her parents live in Nebraska.

After attending a large wedding as a bridesmaid, Amber started feeling very tired. Later she developed a headache and fever. She contracted COVID-19 and suffered from acute respiratory failure. Her condition required a ventilator to support her breathing.

Amber chose Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital to assist with her ventilator weaning. It was key that the facility was close to her home. This way, she could have the support of her friends and family nearby. She also read the great reviews that NCLTAH received on their website.

During her stay, Amber was appreciative of the care and attention she received. She stated, “The staff is amazing and so encouraging! Nursing went out of their way to meet my needs, and everyone has such a positive attitude.” She then transitioned to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital due to loving the facility and it being just down the hall. She stated, “Everyone has the most positive attitudes!”

Amber looks forward to returning home to see her family, especially her new niece and nephews. She will continue working on her goals to get back to doing what she loves, being outdoors. She said, “I’m just continuing on this uphill road and thank these facilities for all the help!” 

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Linda Flores

Linda Flores appreciated the hard work and encouragement from her care team while she recovered from a stroke.

Linda Flores and her husband Steven have lived in Loveland, Colorado for the past eight years. Married for 49 years, Linda and Steven love to spend time with their three children and three grandchildren. In her retirement, Linda enjoys gardening, being a homemaker, and camping in her motorhome.

Linda suffered a right posterior cerebral artery stroke and chose to recover at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. She heard great things about their care and knew it would be easier for her family to recover closer to home.

Immediately impressed with her team of therapists, Linda felt motivated to work hard every day. She stated, “The therapists are very dedicated. They kept encouraging me and they are all so patient and very positive! The nurses, PCTs, and doctors were excellent. They are available at all times showing incredible teamwork.”

Linda is thankful to everyone at NCRH for their hard work, determination, and emotional support. As she continues her recovery at home, Linda looks forward to picking up old hobbies like gardening. She’s also excited to be around her family and dogs once again.

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Louis Rivera

After his motorcycle accident in New Orleans, Louis was relieved to find NCRH so he could recover close to home.

Retired at age 69, Louis Rivera lives in Windsor, CO with his spouse of 51 years. He loves to spend time with his daughter, son, and three grandchildren. In retirement, he has more time to focus on his hobbies. These include participating in the Knights of Columbus, fishing, camping, traveling, riding his motorcycle, and doing yard work. One day on the way to a Knights on Bikes rally his life took a turn.

While riding through New Orleans, Louis got into a motorcycle accident that left him with multiple injuries including a right lateral malleolus fracture. After receiving care from an acute hospital in Louisiana, Louis had to plan his return home. Part of the plan included finding a rehabilitation hospital where he could continue his recovery.

Louis’s case manager helped him find Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. Since NCRH was close to home, his family spoke to friends of theirs that were former patients. They all stated that it is the best place in Northern Colorado for inpatient rehabilitation.

With his family there to support him, Louis began his long-term recovery at NCRH. He stated, “God, faith, saying the rosary every day, friends praying, and the caring staff was what influenced my recovery the most.”

Louis’s team of therapists encouraged him to achieve his recovery goals. “The staff was always so sincere, had a positive attitude, and were willing to help me anytime. The nurses are always here for me and always happy and sincere. The therapists are amazing and have a great sense of humor! Dr. Witek was great!”

Louis made great progress in his recovery and looks forward to returning home soon. He will continue his recovery with outpatient therapy at NCRH. Ready to get back to everyday life, he has plans to go camping in South Dakota this summer. 

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Butch Anderson

Butch built a life he loved but was met with complications after an elective spinal surgery that required continued care.

Butch Anderson has lived a fulfilling life, one he describes as fantastic! At 75-years-old, he lives in Brush, CO with his dog, Maggie, where he owns and operates a contract handyman business. In his spare time, Butch enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with his son.

Recently, the life Butch built and came to love had to pause for elective spinal surgery. The surgery addressed his cervical myelopathy, or compression of the spinal cord in the neck. Unfortunately, Butch experienced complications post-surgery including acute hypoxic respiratory failure that required extended care.

Butch’s physician recommended Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. He and his family did their research and spoke with a liaison from the hospital. When Butch learned that NCRH is ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the United States, his decision was made.

“With that kind of award, you know you will be getting a great facility,” Butch stated.

When Butch first arrived at NCRH, he was anxious that his condition would not improve. “I came in wondering if I would ever return home, but NCRH helped me to really understand that I could!” He worked hard with his team of therapists and appreciated their support and dedication to his recovery.

“Speech therapy helped me so much and gave me wonderful resources and great education. Dr. Witek was great and came to visit me every day. I enjoyed his positive attitude.”

After a month at NCRH, Butch has made great progress. He explained, “I have not met anyone here that I don’t respect. Everyone goes above and beyond to help!” Excited to return home, Butch looks forward to picking up his old hobbies and can’t wait to be back with his beloved dog.

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Berniece Nadeau

Berniece regained her independence at NCRH after suffering from COVID-19.

Berniece Nadeau, 62, lives in Fort Morgan, Colorado with her husband and their two chihuahuas. She and her husband love spending time with their two children and four grandchildren. In her free time, she likes walking her dogs and camping in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. 

One day Berniece started experiencing symptoms including fever, chills, and respiratory issues. Her brother came over that day to visit and found her on the floor. He immediately called an ambulance and she was rushed to the hospital. There she was diagnosed with COVID-19, pneumonia, and acute hypoxemic respiratory failure.

Unable to make the decision herself, Berniece’s family stepped in and chose to transfer her to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital. Two of her family members were previous patients and knew NCLTAH would take good care of her. Sadie, Berniece’s daughter stated, “We chose the facility due to the success rate and how great we know it is! I also love that it has all the levels of care we need to get her home.”

While working through her recovery at NCLTAH, Berniece stated, “I really enjoy the two physicians, Dr. Pearson and Dr. Masotti. They are very competent and knowledgeable.” With their support, she was able to progress enough to be transferred to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital.

Berniece started the inpatient therapy program with NCRH and was confident in the staff’s ability to get her back to better. “There are so many great PCT’s and nurses that were so encouraging and wonderful! The respiratory therapists were great and very knowledgeable. The staff kept me very motivated and were always so positive. The housekeeping staff and kitchen staff were amazing! They would always go out of their way to help me. I loved that they would all go the extra mile! Overall, it was a great experience!”

After nearly two months at NCLTAH and NCRH, Berniece discharged home, excited to return to her husband and her dogs. She will continue her recovery with outpatient therapy at NCRH. As an outpatient, Berniece will work on building her strength and endurance with physical and occupational therapy.

Berniece has specific goals as she continues to recover.  Before her hospitalization, Berniece was walking her dogs all the time. Her ultimate goal is to walk them again without needing an assistive device. She would also like to start volunteering with foster children in the future.

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Debbie Seader

After suffering a fall and contracting an infection, Debbie Seader needed rehabilitation before she could safely return home.

Married with two children and five grandchildren, Debbie Seader has always enjoyed taking care of her family. She stays busy with her hobbies like reading, traveling, and watching her favorite TV shows. Her faith is very important to her, so she also spends her time going to church and reading her bible.

Debbie’s life changed one December day after waking up in the middle of the night and falling. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with MSSA bacteremia tricuspid valve endocarditis. Because of continuing complications, her hospital stay was prolonged.

After a recommendation from the hospital, Debbie chose to be transferred to the Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. She was impressed with the staff and appreciated their support.

“I love the positive attitudes of everyone at NCRH. They are all so friendly and kind! The therapists are always letting me know how well I am doing. The nurses and PCT’s are wonderful. They are always available to help and very kind. Dr. Arrogante and Dr. Asadi are very competent. They are always communicating with me every day.”

When Debbie first started her recovery, she could hardly lift her arms and now she is walking with a walker. “The therapists are providing me with various exercises that keep me working hard, it’s never boring and they are making sure I get to go home.”

Debbie looks forward to her home assessment and is planned to discharge at the end of the month. Excited to reunite with her family, Debbie’s ultimate goal is to walk without her walker and be able to do the stairs. 

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Norma Prince

Norma Prince chose the certified stroke program at NCRH for her post-stroke recovery

A full-time mechanical engineer, Norma Prince leads teams that design medical devices. The 57-year-old has always been very active. Norma has been married for 33 years and has a 25-year-old son. Beyond her family and work, Norma’s hobbies include reading, hiking, and biking.

One day at home, Norma began experiencing headaches, followed by weakness on her left side. Concerned, she sought medical evaluation. Tests provided a diagnosis. Norma suffered a right frontal-parietal intracranial hemorrhage, a type of brain bleed.

Once stabilized, Norma needed rehabilitation before she could safely return home. A friend who participated in outpatient therapy at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (NCRH) recommended the facility. Additionally, the stroke specialty program at NCRH is certified by The Joint Commission. Norma decided that NCRH was the right choice for the next stage of her recovery.

Norma’s experience at NCRH has been even better than she expected.

“The care has been excellent!” Norma shared. “They have the most updated rehab equipment, which has helped with my recovery. The food is exceptional!”

The staff at NCRH also stood out to Norma.

“Dr. Arrogante listens well and cares about my recovery. The physical and occupational therapists have been outstanding, and all have very positive attitudes. They are always cheering me on! Every one of the staff members has been great and really have genuinely taken an interest in my recovery. Even the cafeteria and housekeeping staff make you feel welcome and take an interest in your recovery. And since my mother was a PCT, I really appreciate everything the PCTs do here at NCRH. They are all very dedicated to their job.”

Norma looks forward to getting back to working and hiking. After discharging from NCRH, she returned for outpatient physical and occupational therapies. “I was able to walk with a walker after a short time thanks to the guidance and expertise of the inpatient physical and occupational therapists. I’m now working with the outpatient therapists to walk on my own. I highly recommend Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for stroke recovery,” she shared with a smile.

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Richard Fitzsimons

After suffering a stroke, Richard Fitzsimons chose NCRH for their certified stroke program and top 10% ranking.

For seven years, Richard Fitzsimons has made the most of retirement. The free time has enabled him to enjoy his passion for working on cars and being part of the Flatlanders Car Club. Richard, 77, also loves spending time with his wife of 52 years and their dog. He finds joy in going out to dinner with his family and watching his favorite television show, Gunsmoke.

One late December day, Richard’s wife found him on the floor in their basement. He complained about weakness on his left side. The lifelong resident of Sterling was taken to the local acute care hospital. There, doctors diagnosed Richard with an acute ischemic MCA stroke with left hemiparesis.

Rehabilitation plays a critical role in post-stroke recovery. Richard’s wife works at a pharmacy in Sterling and spoke with nurses and physicians she knew. They recommended Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for their certified stroke program and ranking among the top 10% of rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

NCRH proved to be just what Richard needed. “Everyone’s positive attitude rubbed off on me,” he shared, becoming emotional as he reflected. “The attitude of everyone in the facility influenced my recovery.”

Richard specifically noted the impact of his physician, Dr. Witek stating, “Dr. Witek is great at managing my care and has a great bedside matter.”

As he approaches the end of his inpatient stay, Richard looks forward to what’s ahead. He is excited to get back to his car club, his wife, and his dog.

 

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Robert George

After suffering a stroke, Robert George chose the certified stroke program at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital for his recovery

Robert George, 73, enjoys retired life in Loveland, CO. Robert spent his career teaching, in the air force, and as an electrical engineer. In retirement, he enjoys keeping active by swimming, bicycling, and doing yard work. He also enjoys building and flying model airplanes and is an amateur in astronomy. Robert has even built telescopes throughout the years. Volunteering at a hospital in the Loveland area is near to his heart. Robert is part of a group called SAINTS, which takes care of disabled patients.

At home one evening, Robert started experiencing dizziness, confusion, and left-sided weakness. He had suffered an acute ischemic cerebrovascular accident, also known as a CVA or stroke.

After his stroke, Robert was in need of rehabilitation. He chose Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. Robert was familiar with NCRH, as both he and his spouse were prior patients. “The NCRH staff are well-qualified for stroke patients, and very friendly,” Robert noted. “They are Stroke Certified by The Joint Commission, which when you have a stroke is where you want to be.”

Throughout his stay, Robert’s experiences reinforced his decision to choose NCRH.

Robert found encouragement in his fellow patients. “I have met another stroke patient here, and this has been my greatest motivation,” Robert shared. “We have become friends and have learned how to get through this together!”

The staff at NCRH impressed Robert, as well. “The OT, PT and ST are integrated and all have the same goal of ensuring progress,” he said. “The whole organization works as a team and everyone helps each other. The medical staff is great at cheering me on and making sure I am on target to reach my goal of going home!”

As he worked in therapy, Robert’s motivation was getting back home. Having achieved that goal, Robert has set a new target: resuming his hobbies. “I came [to NCRH] and I couldn’t walk or speak. Now, I can speak and walk!”

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Jim McHugh

The rare combination of Parkinson’s disease and myasthenia gravis left Jim McHugh severely deconditioned and in need of rehabilitation.

Retired life was treating Jim McHugh quite well. The 79-year-old spent his working years in healthcare management and as a physical therapist. Jim lives in Loveland, CO with his wife and son. He has four children and ten grandchildren that he loves spending time with. His hobbies include reading books and riding bikes, especially his recumbent bike. Retirement has afforded Jim the time to enjoy the people and things he loves so much.

Unfortunately, Jim has also spent that time battling not one, but two neurological conditions. Jim lives with both Parkinson’s disease and myasthenia gravis, an incredibly rare combination. Over time, Jim developed severe, generalized deconditioning. The overwhelming weakness led him to a local acute care hospital. The hospital referred Jim for rehabilitation to help restore his strength and independence.

Jim chose Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. A former patient, Jim was pleased with the care he received, and his outcomes. It was also a convenient choice. Jim lives just eight minutes from the hospital, making it easy for his wife to visit each day. Family support, led by Jim’s wife, had a big impact on his recovery. As did Jim’s background in rehabilitation. He understood the system well and was motivated to work hard.

“I was very impressed with the cohesiveness of the team,” Jim said when asked about his stay. “Everyone had excellent communication! The admissions office coordinated everything well for getting me into the facility. The way everyone worked together and the expertise of the therapists were the reasons we always chose to come back to NCRH. Everyone that works here loves their job. It really shows!”

One of the things Jim loved most about NCRH was the sendoff each patient receives from the staff.

“At the end of a patient’s stay, they do a standing ovation where all the staff applauds each patient as they leave the facility. This recognizes every patient individually and their success! This is such a delightful moment and I look forward to mine again Sunday!”

Sunday came and Jim discharged home with his wife. But Jim’s not done with NCRH. He chose to continue his recovery with the hospital’s outpatient program. Jim participated in the outpatient program before, with great satisfaction. “The therapists are great with getting involved with my care as an individual and really pushing me to meet my goals!”

Jim’s goals find their roots in his plans for the future. “I have a lot more to do in life and I know that success is solely about motivation and I have that! I owe it to my wife for all the motivation and love she has given to me!”

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