A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.
Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.
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.