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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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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Provides Nationally Recognized Care To Community for 9th Year in Row

For the 9th year in a row, Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our high quality care for the 9th year in a row,” says Mike Phillips, CEO of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “What is most exciting is that patients right here in Wyoming have access to the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally- right here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Dr. Ryan T. Swan, Medical Director of the hospital. “This recognition for the 9th consecutive year is a testament to the exceptional care our staff brings every day to meet the rehabilitation needs of Wyoming’s citizens.”

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Sign Up for the 8th Annual Stride Out Stroke Run/Walk!

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital will be holding the 8th Annual Stride Out Stroke Run/Walk on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017!

Proceeds will benefit Stroke Awareness within our community.

Click Here to download the Registration Form.
$15 in advance by June 2, $20 the day of the 5K.

Where:
Tate Pumphouse Trail Center on the Platte River
1775 West 1st Street, Casper

When:
7:00 am Sign-In/Registration
8:00 am Race Begins

Abbreviated route is available!

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Sign Up for the 7th Annual Stride out Stroke Run/Walk!

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital will be holding the 7th Annual Stride out Stroke Run/Walk on Thursday, July 7th, 2016!

Click Here to download the Registration Form.
$15 in advance by July 6, $20 the day of the event.

Where:
Tate Pumphouse Trail Center on the Platte River
1775 West 1st Street, Casper

5:00 Sign-In/Registration
6:00 Race Begins

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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital wins Fuller Cup Award

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital recently earned The Fuller Cup award from Ernest Health in recognition of its outstanding operations this past year. The hospital is part of Ernest Health, which consists of 25 rehabilitation and long-term acute hospitals nationwide.

The award, which is named after David Fuller, one of the founders of Ernest Health, is given annually to the hospital that achieves outstanding operational results by following the company’s guiding principles, which include treating patients and employees with dignity and respect, valuing teamwork, striving to improve patient satisfaction, and promoting a healing and nurturing environment.

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was selected for the award after showing exemplary results with the following:

  • Patient satisfaction
  • Financials and budgeting
  • Patient safety
  • Community contributions
  • Clinical and patient outcomes

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitative services to more than 700 patients a year, serving Wyoming and neighboring states. The provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions, including strokes, orthopedic, brain and spinal cord injuries.

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Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Recognized Among Top 10 Percent in United States

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 7th consecutive year.

The ranking was provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education.

The UDSMR ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely. Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked this past year out of 783 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide.

We continually strive to provide high quality care to our patients, so it’s exciting to be recognized as a national leader – especially for 7 years in a row,” says Mike Phillips, CEO of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital.But what I’m most pleased about is that patients right here in our community can receive the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally without having to leave the area.

Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Dr. Ryan T. Swan, Medical Director of the hospital. “This recognition for the 7th consecutive year is a testament to the exceptional care our staff brings every day to meet the rehabilitation needs of Wyoming’s citizens.

UDSMR, which administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, provides common language and measurement tools to monitor patient results. The data used for the most current ranking was based on 12 months of information from 2014 from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were combined and weighted into a score, and each facility was then assigned a percentile rank.

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