RECOVERY RECAPS

Norman Stange, Saginaw

Outpatient Therapy Helped Stroke Patient Regain His Voice

Hearing her husband, Norman, singing in the shower is a source of pride for Mary Ann Stange. Three years ago, her husband of 41 years suffered a stroke. The two were attending a play in Bay City when suddenly Norm couldn’t speak – not a single word.

Luckily, he was treated quickly with a clot-busting medication (Alteplase IV r-tPA ) and was only hospitalized for a short time. Norm’s stroke left him unable to read, write, or speak. The couple was devastated. However, Norm was committed to gain his communication back and worked intensely in outpatient therapy at HealthSource Saginaw with speech-language pathologist Katie McDonald. Norm regained function and was nearly back to normal in six months.

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Connie Taschner, Saginaw

Finding Life After Life-Threatening Injuries

For Connie Taschner of Saginaw, life as she knew it changed completely on March 27, 2014, when she sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Her doctors in Ann Arbor didn’t expect her to survive, let alone recover to the point of walking, talking, and leading a full life with her husband, Ron.

“I’ve come a long way,” Connie says, crediting the Long-Term Care and Medical Rehabilitation experts at HealthSource Saginaw for their vital role in her recovery. “When I got here, I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t straighten my arms or legs.”

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Mental Health Heroes Helped Me Find Hope

“The mental health experts at HealthSource Saginaw are my heroes,” says a recent Behavioral Medicine Center patient. “The hope you all have given me is priceless. I’ll take it with me everywhere I go. The impact you’ve made in such a short time should not go unnoticed, and I wish I had more to give than a thank you! I’ll never forget this experience or the people.”

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Michael Gallagher, Saginaw

A Silver Lining After Illness and Injury

Michael Gallagher of Saginaw is remarkably upbeat about — what he calls — his two “speed bumps” and the “souvenirs” they’ve left behind in his life. The first was a life-threatening stroke in 2009 that left him partially paralyzed on his left side. The second was a broken hip just a few years later — the result of tripping on stairs in his garage.

Both brought him to HealthSource Saginaw for acute inpatient rehabilitation, where Michael discovered top-notch, creative, compassionate care. Both introduced him to people he would not otherwise have met — professionals he cherishes as people and experts he credits with producing his outstanding recovery outcomes.

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Sarah B, CTRS

Play With Purpose Helps Teens in Crisis

Sarah B, CTRS, works with children and adolescents every day at HealthSource Saginaw’s White Pine Mental Health Center. Her patients are in crisis — the kind that can’t be measured or quantified with a medical test. They are often completely closed off. Sarah’s job is to motivate them somehow to learn and practice skills for coping with emotional issues so they can function more fully when they leave inpatient treatment.

“Some people think we just play with the kids,” Sarah explains. “But everything has a purpose.”

Art projects, therapy dogs, exercise classes, games, and journaling are just a few of the activities HealthSource recreational therapists employ with their patients to build self-esteem and help kids cope, find emotional outlets and expression, and communicate more effectively.

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Robert Loftus, Frankenmuth

Worth the Drive From Frankenmuth

For Robert and Jill Loftus of Frankenmuth, the drive to HealthSource Saginaw in Saginaw Township for outpatient therapy is well worth the gas and wear and tear on their vehicle. Robert had a very successful stay here in acute inpatient rehabilitation after his second stroke. Outpatient therapy has helped him gain back even more use of his right side.

“We’re driving a looong way,” admits Jill, director of patient care at St. Mary’s of Michigan. “It’s because they know Bob. The therapists are kind, considerate, and really know their mojo. They evaluate, re-evaluate, and never accept the status quo. He just gets better and better with the goals they set for him. It’s more than a facility…it’s a comprehensive program. They REALLY know their rehab.”

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Joni Buss, Birch Run

Big and Little Things Stand Out for Brain Surgery Patient

When Joni Buss of Birch Run had two of three brain tumors surgically removed, she suffered some unexpected, but not uncommon results. “I woke up from surgery and couldn’t move one of my legs at all,” she remembers. “The doctor explained that it might take time and therapy to regain use of my leg. He strongly recommended HealthSource for acute inpatient rehabilitation.”

What Joni found at HealthSource were outstanding facilities and therapists. The big things? She was standing within two days of arriving and walking (and running a little) with a brace by the time she was discharged. With outpatient therapy, she made even more progress and only has minor foot and ankle issues. “It was unbelievable. Everything else came back,” she says.

FIND OUT THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER TOO