Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (Dec 2014)

Patients Age: 46
Admission Date: 12/2/14
Admitted From: Montefiore Hospital
Discharge Date: Will be 1/3/15
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 33 Days
Reason for Stay: Wound Care for Flesh Eating Bacteria

How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing?
This resident heard of Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing through a social worker by the name of Linda Lese at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

Details of Experience:
Patient arrived to Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on December second of 2014.

Prior to admittance this patient had been hospitalized numerous times within a three month period. Her most recent hospitalization was due to contraction of a flesh eating bacteria, also known as Necrotizing fasciitis. This caused multiple, severe wounds in the abdomen, groin, and back regions. Due to the severity of this patient’s condition, she suffered from many respiratory arrests during these hospital stays. The most severe of which lasting for over 25 minutes. Weakness and wounds sustained due to the patient’s illness caused need for transfer to a skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility.

Per medical and self-actualized patient need, the highly trained social worker at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital recommended Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing as an appropriate facility for this continuum of treatment and rehabilitation.

Immediately upon admission to Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing this patient met with specialized physical therapists, the center’s highly skilled wound care nurse, and a personal concierge to ensure that a personalized care plan was promptly created and that the patient was as comfortable as possible in this new setting.

Before her therapy began the patients wounds were treated multiple times daily by the wound care nurse who sterilized any infected areas, carefully changed all dressings that needed replacement, and assisted with a multitude of other personal nursing needs.

The patient’s discharge plan, developed briefly after admission, was to return home to a one floor living environment. Stair ambulation would be necessary for this plan to be a successful one. Multiple physical therapists worked with and closely monitored the patient as she performed a varying spectrum of individualized fortifying exercises specifically targeted at regaining strength that had deteriorated due to illness in the patient’s legs.

After a few brief weeks and many hours of intense care and therapy at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing the patient had regained the ability to ambulate independently. Her wounds had healed considerably and no longer required 24 hour care. The patient, back to her fullest potential of reNEWal, free of illness, and thoroughly rehabilitated was able to successfully reach her goal of discharge to home.

Upon her discharge assessment the patient stated that she would recommend Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing to any loved ones if they were ever in need of rehabilitation or wound care.
In closing the patient stated “A few months back they thought I wouldn’t make it and I’m a lot better now. I feel very blessed.”

The team of physical therapists, nurses, as well as the specialized wound care nurse at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing are to be credited for this successful journey of care and rehabilitation

*Patient gave consent for her success story to be shared.