Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center was recently named one of 750 hospitals to receive an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores, ranking the hospital among the safest in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive rating period.
Fort Sanders Regional is the region’s only comprehensive stroke and rehabilitation center. But all the accolades in the world can’t compare to the importance of the actual treatment a stroke patient receives when he or she arrives in need of care.
Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.
Volunteer John Nehls says he would give up all he owns to walk again, but he knows that’s not going to happen. Both of his legs have been paralyzed since September 2014, the day his daily 50-mile bike ride ended in a horrific collision with a parked truck.