Patient’s Age: 52-years-old
Admission Date: 01/10/19
Admitted From: St. John’s Riverside Hospital
Discharge Date: 06/10/19
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 4 months and 3 weeks
Reason for Stay: Respiratory Therapy.
How did this patient hear about Gallatin Center? Hospital recommendation.


Details of Experience:
Ms. Kennedy arrived at Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on January 18, 2019 post-discharge from St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Prior to coming to Sans Souci, the patient experienced episodes of shortness of breath, due to her multiple diagnoses of essential hypertension, COPD, and asthma. Upon completion of her hospital stay, Ms. Kennedy was referred to Sans Souci to receive respiratory therapy.

Upon admission, Ms. Kennedy was greeted by multiple members of the Sans Souci interdisciplinary team. The team welcomed Ms. Kennedy to our facility and conducted evaluations to custom tailor the patient’s stay. Ms. Kennedy required 3 liters of oxygen at the time of admission.

Ms. Kennedy began working with our Respiratory Therapist, Terrance Seymour, for pulmonary rehabilitation education. The patient was given education on managing her diagnosis and provided exercises to increase endurance and strength with limited use of oxygen. Upon evaluation, Ms. Kennedy was able to walk a distance of 150 feet without an assistive device, with two rest periods.

Throughout her stay, Ms. Kennedy was determined to limit the use of portable oxygen. She was motivated to do her exercises and continuously progressed. By mid-March, was utilizing only 2 liters of portable oxygen. She was able to walk 600 feet with a small two minute rest periods every 200 feet.

During her stay, this patient was an active participant in daily recreation activities. She especially enjoyed attending horse racing, birthday parties, bingo, and musician visits with Recreation Director, Leduc Le, and Recreation Therapist, Omar Garcia. Ms. Kennedy also enjoyed the luxury amenities at Sans Souci, such as; our signature Snack Cart program for residents.

Towards the end of April, Ms. Kennedy’s endurance and strength had improved significantly. She was now utilizing only 1 liter of oxygen and was able to ambulate 800 feet with limited rest periods. Upon discharge, Ms. Kennedy was able to ambulate independently without the assistance of portable oxygen. Ms. Kennedy shared that she enjoyed her time at Sans Souci and that she is thankful for the nursing and rehab staff motivating her to reach her therapy goals.