Success Stories

John Mills

John’s desire to golf again is his motivation for rehabilitation

In November of 2016, Thanksgiving week, John Mills suffered three strokes. Immediately, John’s doctor recommended he undergo double bypass surgery. Eight months later, in July 2017, he was scheduled for the operation.

During the operation, John’s surgeon discovered he was also suffering from a major cerebral vascular accident. Two of John’s heart valves needed replacement. Then, just one day after his surgery, Mills had another stroke.
 
Prior to John’s elaborate medical episode, he was in the business of designing and creating golf clubs. When he lived in San Diego many years ago, he worked for a prestigious golf course. There he met many influential people and personally made golf clubs for them. Additionally, John would often get in one or two rounds of golf per week in his spare time. If this sounds like a luxurious way to live, you are right. It was.
 
Now eighty-four-years-old, John has retired in the comfort of his own home. He looks forward to the day he hopes to play golf again.
 
On the day after John’s post-surgery stroke, he woke up paralyzed on the right side of his body. That is when he admitted to Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital (CCRH). At CCRH, John would undergo extensive physical therapy to regain movement in his arms and legs.
 

“The whole administrative staff and the folks in the physical therapy area were wonderful,” John said. “I cannot say enough good things about them.”

 
John explained how grateful he felt for the CCRH team and their positive outlook. Their continued happy dispositions greatly influenced his recovery and helped him to heal faster. The medical staff pushed John to go as fast as he could in terms of regaining mobility because they truly cared about him being able to get back to what he loved doing: playing golf.
 
After a two-month stay at CCRH, John was well enough to return home. Nowadays, John knows he will have to continue to work towards a full recovery, and uses his desire to get back on the golf course to motivate his overall rehabilitation.
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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. The hospital’s care was cited as being as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Nicholas Nilest, CEO of Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have graciously been recognized as a top performing facility for three years now, but we never take it for granted. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about helping patients reach their full potential through the care we provide. We work daily to ensure patients are reaching their highest levels of ability and independence.”

Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“If you take into account that a national study has previously shown that inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide better long-term results for patients, being ranked at the top of that group validates the quality of care we provide,” says Dr. Michael Fuentes, Medical Director of Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, referencing a study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute that showed patients treated in inpatient facilities experienced improved quality of life as compared to skilled nursing facilities.

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community is truly rewarding,” Fuentes says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital also will collaborate with peers throughout the nation to share information and establish best practices for patients. “This helps elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States,” Fuentes says.

Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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