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Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital has been presented with the Fuller Cup as the 2019 winner of the “Chairman’s Award.” The Fuller Cup is presented annually to the top-performing hospital in the Ernest Health system.

“Michael Jordan once said talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships,” said Michael Pierce, CEO of Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our recognition through receipt of the Fuller Cup acknowledges what I witness every day: staff using their talents and working as a team to produce nationally-ranked benefits for our patients.”

You are invited to join us for A Step in the Right Direction, a conference focused on fall injury prevention.

July 31st, 2019
Mirador Retirement Community

There will be two sessions, one for healthcare professionals and another for the general community.

RSVP to Session One (Healthcare Professionals)
RSVP to Session Two (Community)

Session One (For Healthcare Professionals)

MD/NP/PA/Pharmacists/Social Workers will get two CME credits in Ethics (CME sponsored by Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital and Mirador)
Register for CME credit at conference

4 CEU credits are also available for nurses for $49.
Registration and payment for CEU credits is available by calling 361.698.2872 or by emailing rd****@de****.edu

Agenda
6:45 am to 7:45 am: Vendor booths open
7:50 am to 8:00 am: Introduction
8:15 am to 10:15 am: Presentation: Fall Injury Prevention
10:15 am- 10:45 am: Break/ Vendor booths open
10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation: Fall Injury Prevention continues

Speaker
Dr. Patricia Quigley, Ph.D., MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Nurse Consultant, is a retired Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Research Center of Inquiry and is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation. Her contributions to patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation are evident at a national level, with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders’ independence and safety. For over 40 years, Dr. Quigley has practiced in the field of rehabilitation nursing, including 32.5 years with the Veterans Administration. She serves as a patient safety expert for fall and injury reduction

Session Two (For Community)

Resources and education for the community.

Agenda
1:15 pm – 1:20 pm: Introduction
1:20 pm – 3:00 pm: Fall Injury Prevention for Community
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Vendor booths open
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Tai Chi and Fall Prevention – John Castillo
4:00 pm – 5: 00 pm: Home Medication Safety

Speakers
John Castillo has practiced martial arts throughout his life. He became an instructor in August 2012. His expertise includes teaching traditional karate, along with Tai Chi.

Dr. Patricia Quigley, Ph.D., MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Nurse Consultant, is a retired Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Research Center of Inquiry and is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation. Her contributions to patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation are evident at a national level, with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders’ independence and safety. For over 40 years, Dr. Quigley has practiced in the field of rehabilitation nursing, including 32.5 years with the Veterans Administration. She serves as a patient safety expert for fall and injury reduction

Richard Russell is a family man. He counts spending time with his wife and his pets among his favorite things to do. He also enjoys shooting pool. A recent health issue put all of this in jeopardy.

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.

Whether you are a patient preparing for an inpatient hospital stay, or someone who’s loved one unexpectedly finds themselves in a hospital, having the right things for a hospital stay is important. Packing the right items will help make your stay less stressful and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Below you’ll find a summary of suggested items to pack for a hospital stay.
Clothing

  • 5-6 outfits of loose fitting pants and tops
  • Undergarments
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Supportive pair of athletic shoes with non-skid soles
  • Night clothes (gown, robe, pajamas)

 

Toiletries

  • Soap, if you prefer a certain brand
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash & dentures
  • Comb, brush, shaving supplies & cosmetics
  • Deodorant, lotion, perfume, & aftershave

 

Miscellaneous

  • Insurance cards & medical information
  • Eyeglasses & hearing aids
  • Incontinence pads (if needed)
  • Pillow, blanket
  • Family pictures
  • Laundry basket or bag

Click here to download a printable version of this checklist

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst. Understanding Influenza – how it’s spread, how to prevent it, and the symptoms of the flu – can help keep you, and your community healthy this winter. Below are five flu facts to know as we enter flu season.

Can a flu shot give me the flu?

The Influenza vaccine is safe and cannot give you the Flu. It takes 2 weeks to build up your immunity, so you can contract the flu before developing the antibodies.

How is the flu spread?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus that spreads when you are exposed to an infected person that coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching your nose, mouth or eyes after touching a surface with the virus on it.

How can I prevent the flu?

There are several things you can do to keep yourself flu-free! The most important step you can take is to get a flu vaccine each year. You can also help prevent getting the flu by frequently using hand sanitizer or washing your hands. Try to avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes. Avoid spreading the flu by covering your coughs/sneezes and by staying home if you are sick. Additionally, be sure to keep surfaces in your home clean.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms usually start 1-4 days after exposure and usually come on suddenly. You are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after the illness starts. However, you can infect others before you are symptomatic and up to a week after becoming sick.

Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can include fever, headache, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, sore throat, cough and chills. Seek medical care for any worsening symptoms.

What is the treatment for the flu?

Rest, pain relievers and extra fluids will help to lessen your symptoms. While antibiotics are not effective for the flu, there are prescription antiviral medications that can help to lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration. But, they must be started within 48 hours after onset.