Patients Age: 60
Admission Date: 4/28/17
Admitted From: Mount Sinai Hospital
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 30+ days
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehab
How did this patient hear about the Riverside? SW at Mount Sinai Hospital

Details of Experience:

Mr. Hutton, a charming and gentle man, was one with a consistent positive outlook on life. Little did he know that his life would soon change in the blink of an eye, where he would undergo one of the most traumatic experiences of his life. As shared by Mr. Hutton, “I was on my job at 45 East 85th Street where I serve as the front desk concierge doorman and my partner noticed that my knee buckled. He came over to me and told me that I don’t look good, and that I should go to the hospital. He called 911 and the ambulance brought me to the Mount Sinai Hospital Emergency Room. After I arrived and tests were conducted, they diagnosed me with just having a stroke. It was such a shock and I couldn’t believe it. After a few days, I realized that I was paralyzed on my left side and my speech was slurred, from then I began to realize my situation.
It was very hard and I couldn’t even get out of bed. If I needed to go to the bathroom I had to call the nurse for help. Little by little, I gained back my strength at the hospital where the nurses were very good and always helped me.”

“After three weeks they told me that I am ready to be discharge from the hospital, but that I would need to go to a sub-acute rehab center. I was discharged on April 28, 2017, and I came straight here to The Riverside. When I arrived to The Riverside, I was assigned room 1204B and I noticed right from the beginning that the nurses are very efficient and are very good for this facility. From that moment I knew that if I follow the regiment by taking the medication I need and doing the rehab with the amazing therapists, I will be fine and it’s just a matter of time. I now walk with a cane feeling so much better and I am looking forward to gaining back my strength in the left side of my body. You have a state-of-the-art gym on the 15th floor so my goal is to go home feeling like a new person and never looking back again.”

“I have a younger friend who had a stroke when he was forty-five-years-old. As soon as I found out that I had a stroke, I called him and asked how long did it take to get his strength back. He told me it took him three months and he had to change his lifestyle. I was happy to hear that because a stroke is not a death sentence, you just need to follow the regiment and you will get better like I am here.”

I tell Mr. Hutton what an inspiration he is and it is amazing how he has such a positive attitude even though he just went through a life altering experience. He answers me, “I am a very upbeat person, all my friends come to visit me and when I was in the hospital all the people came to see me. I am the type of person that is motivated by the people. Even though I was not well because of the stroke I felt responsible when all the people came to visit me to be positive”

I thanked Mr. Hutton for his time and inspiration. Mr. Hutton will be discharge in the coming days a different man then when he arrived.