All posts by Angelo Antoline

Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock expands to meet growing community needs

Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock recently expanded from 60 to 93 beds to meet the growing post-acute healthcare needs of Lubbock, Texas, and surrounding areas.

The hospital, which is part of Ernest Health, provides specialized rehabilitation services to more than 1,100 children and adults annually who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. It offers the only pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program in the area, serving children and their families from outlying areas such as eastern New Mexico, the Texas panhandle, and the Permian Basin. With the additional beds, the hospital now is expected to treat about 2,000 patients every year.

In discussing the expansion, Craig Bragg, CEO of Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, says an increased community demand for more rehabilitative services is due to a number of factors, including a fast-growing population in Lubbock County and an aging population.

“A detailed market analysis showed individuals leaving the Lubbock area and going to other states and areas within Texas to receive specialized post-acute services,” he says. “This can cause significant hardships on patients and their families emotionally and financially. We knew it was our responsibility to explore how we could best meet this community need.”

After careful research and consideration, the hospital’s and Ernest Health’s leadership teams decided upon a $4.5 million expansion of its existing facility to create an additional 33 beds. The therapy gym also was enlarged to 7,700 square feet of therapeutic space.

“We’re confident that we have the capacity to handle existing post-acute rehabilitative needs in the area, while still allowing for anticipated growth during the next decade,” Bragg says. “We were fastidious in our due diligence to determine the right number of beds needed now and long-term to best serve the community. This was necessary to allow us to continue to provide high-quality general and specialized rehabilitative care in pediatrics, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and strokes. We’ll continue to devote resources to treatments, technology, and staff training to provide the highest care available in the nation to our patients.”

Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, which has served the Lubbock area since 2008, has twice been recognized in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. The expansion has provided 119 additional jobs for the area, with 70 more planned within the next three years.

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3 Stretches for a Good Morning

Can’t quite wake up in the morning?

A few good stretches can help you relieve muscle tension, increase circulation, and even help release endorphins (those hormones that make you feel good).
“Wake up” your muscles and add a little energy to your mornings with these three stretches below*:

  1. Knees to Chest
    This stretch lengthens tight lower back muscles and can decrease back pain. Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and both feet flat on the floor or bed. Brings your hands to rest either behind the knees or right below the knee caps. Slowly bring both knees toward your     chest using both hands to gently pull the knees inward. Hold 20-30 seconds, return to start position.
  2. Upward Stretch
    Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head, palms facing upward. Elongate your spine and feel the stretch in your ribcage and arms. Hold for a count of 10.
  3. Neck and Shoulder Stretch
    To stretch the muscles on the right side of your neck, turn your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out your left side. Relax for a moment and then roll your shoulders to the back, and then to the front. Then lift them up to your ears, tensing the muscles, and allow them to drop completely.

As a reminder, always check with your doctor first to make sure these exercises are safe for you.

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Texas Tech University School of Medicine Community Outreach Award

Annually, each school honors the accomplishments of its respective alumni by bestowing a number of awards to alumni with outstanding achievements. These awards recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought significant credit to TTUHSC.

We are proud to announce our Medical Director, Roger Wolcott, M.D., is a recent recipient of this Award.

A Lubbock native, he graduated from Coronado High School and joined the Navy as a hospital corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps hospital unit. Wolcott received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He became a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after completing a residency at the University of Utah.

Since completing his residency, Wolcott has been in private practice in Lubbock, Texas. His outpatient practice encompasses both children and adults, treating catastrophic injury such as brain and spinal cord injury as well as cerebral palsy. He began TrustPoint, an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital, in 2007, and that same year established a Lubbock campus for the Transitional Learning Center, a post-acute brain injury rehabilitation program. He is the medical director for both facilities.

Wolcott is an advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act and champions causes that remove obstacles and promote accessibility for everyone. He has built an accessible boat, which can accommodate up to eight wheelchairs at a time, and has had several excursions with patients, including a fishing trip. Wolcott also established an accessible aquatic center that includes a therapy pool. This facility can accommodate SCUBA training for patients with disabilities. Wolcott’s future goals include establishing an accessible ranch for riding, hunting and fishing. His greatest enjoyment is spending time with his wife and three children.

Congratulations Dr. Wolcott!

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Treating Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy

We’ve probably all experienced the nuisance of minor pain. You get a sinus headache, you reach for a decongestant. A backache? Ibuprofen may do the trick.

But for people with chronic pain (it lasts longer than 6 months), the answer may not be as simple. That’s where physical therapy can help.

Physical therapy can help treat not only the pain, but the underlying cause of it as well. Physical therapy can help decrease pain, increase mobility, and improve overall mood.

There are a number of ways that a physical therapist can help a person manage pain depending upon individual abilities, including:

  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Use of modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Movement therapy

Therapeutic treatments are designed to help a person increase muscle strength, endurance, joint stability, and flexibility. In addition, it can help reduce inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. It encourages the body to heal itself by boosting the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

Now, that seems like a smart move!

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Weekend Warriors – Battle Potential Injuries

Are you a weekend warrior?

Check “yes” if you’re someone who’s physically inactive most of the week, and then approaches exercise on the weekend with the rigor of an elite athlete.

If this is your plan of action when it comes to exercise, you may want to rethink it. Weekend warriors have a higher risk of being injured – both because of overdoing it in a short amount of time and because of poor conditioning.

Reduce your chance of hurting yourself with the following:

  • Realize that exercise doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.” Look for ways to sneak extra movement into your day.
  • Increase activity gradually. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week. Break this into smaller goals for yourself so you can attain it. If three 10-minute sessions are easier for you to accomplish, then do it.
  • The “best” time of day to exercise is whatever time works for you.
  • Start at a lower intensity, and warm up before beginning an activity.
  • With any sport or exercise, always learn and use proper techniques and follow safety guidelines.
  • Put your workouts into your calendar as appointments. Be sure to keep them.
  • Wear comfortable shoes every day that you can move about easily in no matter where you are or what you’re doing…and then move!
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Hospitals and Disasters

Are hospitals prepared for disasters?

The short answer is…yes.

All hospitals are required by laws, regulations, or accreditation requirements to plan for disasters.

Hospitals prepare for both internal and external disasters. Internal disasters are events that occur inside the hospital building like a fire, flood, or power outage and have potential to affect services.

An external disaster is one like Hurricane Harvey or Irma that occurs outside the hospital. This includes severe weather conditions, chemical incidents, or large-scale community accidents. In these situations, the disaster can affect the operations of the hospital or cause an influx of patients to a hospital, depending on the situation and type of hospital.

Every disaster is different. Hospitals prepare for a variety of situations through ongoing planning and practice. This helps everyone understand what to do and how to do it to ensure patients’ safety and well-being.

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Recognizing a Concussion

With fall around the corner, participation in football and other cooler-weather sports and activities will grow – along with the potential for concussions.

A concussion is a brain injury that’s caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body. Concussion symptoms can occur immediately or days/weeks later. Signs of a concussion can include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Concentration or memory issues
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Feeling sluggish/”foggy”
  • Light sensitivity

Early treatment of the symptoms of a concussion may help speed recovery and prevent further injury down the road. If an incident occurs and you suspect a concussion, ask the person immediately and then again a few minutes later:

  • What day is it?
  • What month is it?
  • Repeat these words: Girl, dog, green (ask to repeat again a few minutes later)
  • Repeat the days of the week backward

If the individual appears confused and is unable to answer these questions, it could be a concussion.
End all activity and consult a physician immediately.

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Improving Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms through Rehabilitation

If you live with multiple sclerosis, rehabilitation can play an essential role in helping you function at your best.

From diagnosis on, rehabilitation specialists such as physical, occupational, and speech therapists can help with symptoms of the condition. These usually include muscle control and weakness – affecting the way you walk, move or talk.
Therapies that can help improve these issues include:

  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapists can evaluate and address how your body moves and functions. Therapists can help you with walking, mobility, strength, balance, posture, pain, fatigue, and bladder issues, helping to prevent unnecessary complications.
  • Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapists can help you with everyday activities to increase your independence, productivity, and safety. They can help you modify tasks, use adaptive equipment, and recommend strategies in the home and work place.
  • Speech Therapy – Speech-language pathologists can evaluate and treat any issues you may be having with speaking or swallowing. Some may also help with cognitive issues, which can affect your ability to think, reason, concentrate or remember.
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10 Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox was a 29-year-old actor who woke up one morning and noticed his little finger shaking. What he thought was a side effect of a hangover actually was an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that has no known cause. Nearly a million people in the United States live with the disease.

Some symptoms of the disease are easy to see, while others are hard even for a trained healthcare professional to detect.
The National Parkinson Foundation offers these 10 early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease:

  1. Tremor or shaking of a body part
  2. Small handwriting – your handwriting changes to become smaller
  3. Loss of smell
  4. Trouble sleeping
  5. Trouble moving or walking
  6. Constipation
  7. Soft or low voice – your voice changes to be softer
  8. Masked or serious look on your face even when you’re not in a bad mood
  9. Dizziness or fainting
  10. Stooping or hunching over

No one symptom necessarily means that you have the disease; the symptom may be caused by another condition. However, if you feel you are experiencing symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit your physician.

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Join our Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group

Join our Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group every 2nd Tuesday of the Month from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. right here at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock.

This event will allow you to continue with your healing process as you share experiences, explore resources, offer encouragement, and learn from other stroke and brain injury survivors.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 806.749.2222 or email us!

Hospital address: 4302 Princeton Street • Lubbock, Texas 79415

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Rehabilitative Care – It’s Not All the Same

When looking for rehabilitative care, you may have heard of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes. While these may seem like equal choices for care, they’re not.

Each of the facilities mentioned above has rehabilitation professionals on staff, but only one – the rehabilitation hospital – specializes in rehabilitation, offering 24-hour rehabilitative nursing care, along with daily physician management and intensive rehabilitation therapies.

So, why is this important?

Simply put, when it comes to your health, you want the best option provided.

A national study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute shows that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals have better long-term results than those treated in skilled nursing facilities.
The study shows that patients:

  • Live longer
  • Have less hospital and ER visits
  • Remain longer in their homes without additional outpatient services

In addition, patients in the study:

  • Returned home from their initial stay two weeks earlier
  • Remained home two weeks longer

So the bottom line is, as a patient, you get to choose where you want to go. Don’t ever hesitate to research, observe and ask questions about a facility to be sure you receive the level of rehabilitative care that you want and need.

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Lower Your Stroke Risks this Summer

Summer is a great time for a lot of things – barbecues, outdoor activities, vacations…but what you may not think about when it comes to summer is using all it has to offer to lower your stroke risks.

Strokes – or brain attacks – are the leading cause of adult disabilities in the United States, and can happen to anyone at any time. According to the National Stroke Association, nearly 800,000 people experience strokes every year.

One of the biggest myths regarding strokes is that they can’t be avoided. But in reality, nearly 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented by controlling lifestyle risk factors, or habits that we engage in that can be changed to improve our health.

Summer provides easy-to-find opportunities to lower stroke risks, such as:

  • Buy and eat fresh produce. Visit your local farmer’s market or grocery store to find in-season, fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat them in their natural states.
  • Eat less salt. Eat fresh vegetables versus canned items, and your salt intake will decrease.
  • Visit the beach. Eat more seafood (at the beach or not) instead of red meat.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Get active outside during the warmer and longer days.
  • Put the cigarettes down. Summer usually is less stressful. Use it to your advantage to try to break the habit.
  • Shoot for your healthy weight. Healthy eating and activities may help you reach a healthy weight (if you’re not already at it).
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Employee Spotlight: Seth Torres

We are proud to feature Seth Torres in this month’s Employee Spotlight. He was honored with the Director of the Year award in 2016 and is well deserving of this recognition.

What is your job title?  Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?
I am the Director of Therapy Operations(DTO). I am responsible for coordinating services for the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology departments. I have worked at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock for 9 years. I started as a staff occupational therapists and transitioned into the role of DTO in 2008.

What events led you to where you are today at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
I completed a Clinical Affiliation in Inpatient Rehabilitation while completing my Master’s in Occupational Therapy and knew immediately that I wanted to work in this setting. I particularly like working with patients who have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries.

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?
Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock is like family to me. I love to see how the entire hospital can come together to support each other when it is needed. This past year, I had a relative who sustained a Spinal Cord Injury. This put me in a position to experience Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock from the patient and family perspective. Everyone in the hospital worked so hard to make sure he had a positive outcome and was able to go home with his family.

What do you most love about the work you do?
I love my team. We have a tremendous group of therapists that work very hard to provide a high level of care for our patients.

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
At Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock, we often meet people at a low point in their lives. They typically have suffered a life changing event and are not able to live and function independently. I hope to provide a positive and encouraging environment where therapists are able work together with patients to help them achieve their goals and return home.

Can you tell us a little about your family?
My wife (Shannon) and I have been married for 10 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters Sophia (7) and Sienna (4).

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work?
I am a nerd. I enjoy reading, podcasts, music, playing golf, and spending time with my family.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn to play the guitar. I have tried and I am terrible.

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?
My parents, they have always been so patient and supportive.

What is your favorite thing about Lubbock: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc?
I love anything related to Texas Tech: Football, Tailgating. The First Friday Art Trail is also fun,

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of Lubbock (and its surrounding areas)?
Lubbock and West Texas is a very friendly place. The people are always kind and courteous and it is a great place to raise a family.

If you could tell the people one thing about Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock, what would it be?
Not all jobs allow you to work in an environment where you get to have a positive impact on people every single day. We do that at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock and it is a very rewarding experience.

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After a Stroke — Finding the Right Words

It’s common to struggle at times to find the right word during a conversation. But for an individual who has had a stroke, finding the right word may be much more difficult.

Aphasia can be a side effect of a stroke, which can affect a person’s ability to communicate by impairing the ability to speak, read, listen or write. When a person with aphasia has word-finding difficulty, it’s called anomia.

Anomia makes it difficult to find the words or ideas that a person wants to share. Sometimes the word may come, and sometimes it won’t.

When this happens in a conversation, the person who is speaking to the stroke survivor may want to jump in quickly to supply the word. But in reality, that can be more of a hindrance than a help. It would be more beneficial to help the person find the word they are looking for rather than supplying it.

So, how can you best communicate with someone under these circumstances? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Allow plenty of time for a response. Talk with the individual, not for him or her.
  • Ask “yes” or “no” questions that can be answered simply and without a lot of explanation.
  • Use photographs or pictures to help provide cues.
  • Write your cues – such as a letter or a drawing – on a piece of paper to share.
  • Confirm and repeat back what the person has said. Use paraphrases or key words to be sure that you’re understanding properly.
  • Use gestures as you ask questions.
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Act FAST and Save a Life

FAST is an easy way to identify the most common symptoms of stroke:

F – Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Note if one side of the face is drooping.
A – Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms to the side. See if one drifts downward.
S – Speech difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Listen if the speech is slurred or strange.
T – Time to call 911. If you observe any of these signs, call for help immediately.

Take note of the time of the first symptom so you can tell medical personnel because this can affect treatment decisions. Rapid access to medical treatment can make a difference between full recovery and permanent disability.

Other symptoms of a stroke also may include sudden onset of:

  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding what someone is saying
  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Even if you’re unsure if someone is having a stroke, don’t delay in calling 911 to get the person medical help immediately.

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Employee Spotlight: Liz McKinney

We are proud to spotlight Liz McKinney!

What is your job at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
“I am the nursing department staffing coordinator and health unit coordinator supervisor. Basically, I do anything to help the department, the nurse managers, and the director of nursing operations. I have the privilege of collaborating with other departments on various tasks as well.”

What events led you to where you are today, working at Trustpoint?
“I was looking for a place where I could grow in my career and gain experience and knowledge in other areas of the healthcare field. I have worked in healthcare since I was 16 years old. Inpatient rehab was something new to me, so I welcomed the opportunity.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint?
“I have had several great moments here. However, the one I remember most vividly when a particular pediatric patient, who had been at our facility for over 4 months, was finally able to go home to his family. I had seen him come in, wheelchair-bound, unable to use his hands and feet, and unable to speak. He walked out of this place (ran, actually) shouting “bye” to everyone. Every patient who leaves has their own story of how they got here, and it is always bittersweet to see them go.”

What do you most love about the work you do?
“I enjoy being able to interact with all the different departments around the facility, having that connection to everyone. I have made many life-long friends over the few years I’ve worked here.”

Can you tell us a little about you and your family?
“I was born in San Antonio, but grew up in Indiana. I moved back to Texas after graduating from Indiana University. I married Stephanie in April 2014 – we just celebrated our 3rd anniversary! I finished a master’s degree in healthcare administration in 2015, and plan to attend medical school in the near future. Stephanie and I have a few cats and dogs, all spoiled rotten. Recently, we also began fostering a toddler, who has stolen our hearts entirely. We are big movie buffs, and we love to travel!”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I would love to learn to fly a plane. As much as I love to travel by plane, learning to fly one would be incredible!”

If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be and what did they do?
“I will have to thank two people. My mother – she taught me to try to help people to the best of my ability. As a nurse herself, she sparked my interest in the healthcare field. My father – he taught me to always look for the positive, and has tried to instill patience in me. That part is still a work in progress.” 🙂

What is your favorite thing about Lubbock?
“Stephanie and I particularly love the Alamo Drafthouse. We also love how many great parks this town has – our son loves them as well!”

If you could tell people that Trustpoint does anything, what would it be?
“Trustpoint’s direct patient care staff in nursing, therapy and social services, as well as all those behind the scenes in dietary, facilities, and other administrative services, are fantastic at caring for all types of patients, from pediatric to geriatric, from orthopedic fractures to trauma/burn injuries. We work together for the best of each patient, and strive to treat each patient with the dignity and respect we would reserve for our own loved ones, and I think it shows in our care.”

 

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Employee Spotlight: Brandi Wren

We’re excited to share this spotlight, Brandi Wren.

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?
“Administrative Assistant/Medical Staff Coordinator for the CEO. I make sure every meeting is set up and ensure that everything is in order. I also help anywhere I can no matter what department needs assistance. For Medical Staffing I handle all the Physician’s files and make sure they are credentialed to work in the hospital. I have been working for Trustpoint since they opened their doors in 2008.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint?
“I have several moments at Trustpoint but just seeing the patient go home from here is a great experience that I am privileged to see. I don’t get to see patients all day, but I do get to see them come in with their illness or injury and leave having made progress! Seeing their smiling faces as they leave the hospital as we are cheering them on is a great experience for me.”

What do you most love about the work you do?
“I love helping people and my specific role at Trustpoint allows me to do just that. I feel good knowing that I can be part of making sure that our patients have great physicians on staff.”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at Trustpoint?
“I hope I’m showing great teamwork, and that even when no one is noticing that you’re doing stuff that you’re truly doing it to the best. Most of what I do is behind the scenes. There are hidden heroes and that is a lot of what my job entails. I try to make sure I do my job to the best of my abilities no matter who sees it.”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work?
“I love to work on crafts when I’m not at work. I love to sew. I’m not the best at it, but I certainly enjoy it.”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“Learn how to take care of the patients more.”

If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be and what did they do?
“My mom, she taught me to work hard and always do your best at what you’re doing.”

Where is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?
“My favorite place to eat is Roadhouse.”

If you could tell the people one thing about Trustpoint, what would it be?
“It’s a great place to come, a very caring place, and we want to make sure our patients get back to their lives.”

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Don’t Have a Stroke

Dick Clark. Sharon Stone. Rick James.

When you think of these celebrities, you probably think of their talents. What you probably don’t realize is that each suffered a stroke.

Strokes – or brain attacks – can happen to anyone at any time. Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death.

According to the National Stroke Association, about 800,000 people suffer from strokes every year. What’s notable, however, is that nearly 80 percent of strokes can be avoided.

Certain traits, conditions and habits can raise an individual’s risk of having a stroke. Many of these lifestyle risk factors can be controlled and may actually help prevent a stroke from occurring.

That’s good news, right? So, how do we lessen our chances of having a stroke?

We can start by controlling these lifestyle risk factors:
• High blood pressure
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• Poor diet
• High blood cholesterol
• Physical inactivity
• Obesity
• Heart diseases
• Alcohol consumption

If you think you can improve any of these lifestyle risk factors, do it.
The changes you make now may affect what happens – or better yet, what doesn’t happen – later.

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Employee Spotlight: Kim Schober

We’re proudly highlighting Kim Schober, one of our experienced certified nurses.

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?
“I started as a Staff Nurse and then moved to Clinical Educator, and I am now the First Floor Nurse Manager. I am involved in the daily patient care and staffing of the patients. I am also a resource for the nursing and medical staff for the electronic medical records.”

What events lead you to where you are today at Trustpoint?
“I started at TRHL as a staff nurse while I was working on my Master’s in Nursing Education and Administration. I have transitioned into the positions of Nurse Educator and Nurse Manager when the need has arisen. Each position has so many rewards and allows me to impact patient care in different ways.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint?
“In every position I have had at TRHL , I have seen the teamwork that helps the patients return to their homes. I really enjoy getting together as a team every week where all the therapists, nursing, the doctors, and the social workers discuss each patient’s progress and, together, we come up with a plan to get that patient home as soon and as safely as they can.”

What do you most love about the work you do?
“I LOVE taking care of patients. I love helping people and solving problems. I love getting to know new people. I get to do all of these things and I get to call it a job — My cup runneth over!”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at Trustpoint?
“I want people to know that they are important. I want patients and their families to feel that Trustpoint cared about them when they were not doing so well and we can help them out until they can get back on their feet.”

Can you tell us a little about your family?
“I have been married to my best friend, Milton, for 17 years. I have four kids: Kayla, 27 (and her husband Griffin), Karlee, 24, Chloe, 15 and Trey, 13. I am the grandmother to the cutest granddaughter in the world, Miss Bryar Ann. I have three dogs, two cats, and we just got a dozen chickens!”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work?
“I love to run and to read (not at the same time). I am currently training for the Houston Half Marathon and I am on the Epilepsy Foundation Team. I am very active in my church and I sing on the praise team. In my spare (ha ha!) time, I love to just be with my family at home.

I was privileged to go to Cape Town, South Africa in July to present a poster that was part of a research project that I completed during my Master’s program at Lubbock Christian University. My research project focused on the infection control policy that we are currently using at Trustpoint hospital and how educating patients on hand washing techniques has drastically reduced our infection rate at the hospital. I received the Rising Star Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society.

South Africa is a beautiful country with so much history and culture. While in South Africa I was able to go on a Safari, go to the Cape of Good Hope and see where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet. I also had the opportunity to see Penguins in their natural habitat. It was the trip of a lifetime!”

What are your favorite things about Lubbock?
“I grew up in Lockney and moved to Lubbock in 1984. I guess I will be here forever! I love Thai Thai, and all the Mexican food I can get (spicy food is my favorite). I love the Fall and the cool weather in Lubbock! And, I am an avid football fan — GUNS UP!”

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of Lubbock (and its surrounding areas)?
“The people of Lubbock are as nice as you will ever meet. I am still amazed that when you go to other parts of the world and other parts of the country, people don’t talk to each other like we do here.”

If you could tell the people one thing about Trustpoint, what would it be?
“If you ever want to see lives really changed, this is the place to be. I have never had a job where I can make such a difference to people. I have worked in places like the emergency room and we make a difference there too, but it is a very short duration. At Trustpoint, we get to know the patients and their families and the things we teach them over the weeks and months they are here will impact the rest of their lives.”

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Employee Spotlight: Lacey Precure

We’re happy to introduce you to Lacey Precure, a clinical liaison who specializes in welcoming the pediatric patients into our facility. We’re beyond proud of this staff member, who is so skilled in making our young patients feel comfortable.  

 

What is your job at TrustPoint? 
“I am a clinical liaison. I help prepare patients to come to our facility. I often visit patients in the local hospitals and educate them on the process of coming to our facility as well as what to expect once they get here.”

 

What events lead you to where you are today, working at TrustPoint?
“I am always looking for new opportunities to further my career as an occupational therapist. I knew this job was a great opportunity for me to expand my experience into the inpatient rehabilitation setting. I have a strong love for pediatrics, which is where the majority of my experience has been in. I am happy to be a part of the expanding pediatric program and Trustpoint!”

 

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at TrustPoint?
“We have ‘Code Marcy’s’ here. A ‘Code Marcy’ is when a patient is recognized for his or her progress and is leaving our hospital to return home. While the patient comes down the hall to leave, our employees clap for them to congratulate them in their accomplishments. Recently a gentleman was able to walk out of our hospital after suffering from a stroke. He was so moved by our support that he stopped 2-3 times and began to cry. I do not believe any employee had a dry eye. It is very moving to be part of such a wonderful transition for the patients during such a challenging time in their life.”

 

What do you most love about the work you do?
“Seeing the progress of the patients that come to our facility. Our therapists do a great job on helping our patients regain their independence.”

 

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at TrustPoint?
“I want to help give patients hope. I enjoying being able to go meet our patients face to face and discuss what our facility can offer them. I want to give every patient hope and put them at ease during a difficult transition from a hospital to the beginning stages of their recovery after a life changing event.”

 

Can you tell us a little about you and your family?
“I have been married to my husband, Dustin, for three years. He is the IT director for Hockley County. We don’t have any kids but we have three nieces and two nephews that we love to spend time with. I also have one dog, a Boston terrier, named Duke. I have had him for 9 years. I love to travel, take pictures, and bake. Dustin and I also love the Dallas Stars and enjoy going to Dallas to watch them play.”

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I would love to learn to Scuba dive or hang glide!”

 

If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be and what did they do?
“My parents. They have always helped and supported me through everything in my life. They have pushed me to be the best I can be.”

 

What is your favorite thing about Lubbock?
“My favorite place to eat is Jazz. I love Texas Tech and enjoy going to football games.”

 

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of Lubbock and its surrounding areas?
“I think everyone is friendly. It just feels like home to me.”  

 

If you could tell the people that Trustpoint serves anything, what would it be?
“Trustpoint strives to serve our community as a whole in Lubbock. We do our best to treat a variety of diagnoses so that we can help as many people as we can. Also, we actively raise money for diabetes because it affects so many people in our community.”

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