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Stories of Care: Concordia Rehab Gets Two Patients Back to Life

August 16, 2011

Below is a version of a story that appeared in the first issue of our new Faith in Caring magazine. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, e-mail us here or call 724.352.1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy!

Short Term Therapy Helps Allison Park Resident Get Back to Carving

Frank Petrovich, a former short-term rehab patient at Concordia at Rebecca Residence, carving a wood chain in his home workshop.

A serious infection brought Allison Park resident Frank Petrovich to the short-term rehab unit at Concordia at Rebecca Residence.

"I was a vegetable case," Frank said. Rebecca Residence seemed the best place for him since it was in the neighborhood and his sisters-in-law underwent therapy there.

After about three weeks of therapy, he was able to return to his apartment and back to his carving and computer.

"I needed to finish my wooden chains for each of my seven children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren," said the welder turned artist.

He's 87 and now he's teaching his daughter Lois, a professor of fine art in North Carolina, the tricks of the trade.

Concordia Rehab Gets South Hills Resident Back to Active Lifestyle

For Concordia of the South Hills resident Doris Garon, New Year's Eve 2009 was the beginning of a long road to recovery. She awakened and couldn't get out of bed.

Diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis (DVT), she also contracted cellulitis and was in and out of hospitals three times. "I couldn't walk when I came to the skilled unit at Concordia of the South Hills," she said.

Doris had been used to an active lifestyle, walking half a mile every day and volunteering since retirement in 2008. The words of her therapist were the turning point in her recovery.

"Doris," he said, "nose to toes."

With those words of encouragement she somehow raised herself and took a first step. Graduating from a wheelchair to a three-pronged cane, Doris walks unassisted and has moved from personal care into an independent living apartment.

"I am in the best place I can be," she said. And she should know, since she's had wise counsel from her daughter, an orthopaedic nurse; son-in-law, a second career home care nurse and granddaughter, also a nurse.

She is volunteering again, helping out at the "Little Shoppe" on campus? and recruiting her friends to join her at Concordia.

Visit our website for more information on Concordia's three skilled nursing/short-term rehab facilities in western Pennsylvania. You can also contact an admissions coordinator toll free at 1.888.352.1571 or e-mail us here.

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