Lorraine, 74, came to Kindred after a complicated course of
treatment at a short-term acute care hospital. Having been initially admitted
to the STAC hospital for a lung resection due to cancer, Lorraine then underwent a thoractomy and an LLL
lobectomy, a second major surgery for a bowel infarction, an exploratory
laporotomy and a hemicolonectomy. Her recovery was complicated by atrial
fibrillation and sepsis, which led to hypotension and respiratory failure,
which required that she be put on a ventilator. She then underwent a third
surgery for a tracheostomy and PEG placement.
In short, Lorraine
was very sick. Having done all they could to improve her condition, Lorraine’s doctors
transferred her to Kindred Hospital North Florida for continued care.
On October 14, Lorraine
was admitted to Kindred Hospital North Florida. She began receiving immediate care
from our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, specialists and
Within two weeks Lorraine had been weaned from the ventilator
and her condition had improved enough that she was able to be discharged to a less
intense level of care for continued rehabilitation.
developed acute respiratory distress about two weeks after her transfer and was
sent back to a short-term acute care hospital. Once her condition was
stabilized, following the wishes of her husband Joseph, Lorraine
was readmitted to Kindred Hospital North Florida.
Within a month back at Kindred Hospital, Lorraine
had been weaned from the ventilator once again and was alert, oriented and ready
to be discharged.
“We can’t say enough about this hospital,” said her husband.
“The doctors are wonderful and we can’t say enough about the nursing staff.
Before any procedure, even taking the temperature, they explain what they are
going to do, what it will look like and feel like and why they are doing it.
They answer the call lights in a timely manner, always kind to me and to her.
She is doing great, because of this hospital.”
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