Case Study: Green Hills Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (Q3 2023)

Concierge: Jade Townsend
Patient Name: Randle, Laverene
Patient Age: 62
Admissions Date: 9/7/2023
Admitted from: Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown
Discharge Date: TBD
Length of Stay: 23 + days
Reason for Stay: Acute Respiratory Failure
How did this patient hear about Green Hills Center: Case Manager, Ascension Hospital

Details of experience:

On August 30th, 2023, Laverene was admitted to Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown with an admitting diagnosis of metastatic tongue and lung cancer with a newly discovered mass in the left lung with pneumonia, which led to acute respiratory failure. Subsequently, being placed on a mechanical ventilator, insertion of PEG tube, and septic shock. Acute respiratory failure is when the air sacs of the lungs cannot release enough oxygen into the blood. This left Laverene unable to stand and ambulate. He was initially admitted to Green Hills Center, considering hospice services. Still, he was picked up by all disciplines of our community’s rehabilitation, stating his personal goal being “I want to live.”

Upon arrival, Laverene was greeted by our interdisciplinary team, including Nursing, Concierge, Rehabilitation, Social Services, and Recreation. Laverene was evaluated by our Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists and has been working with each discipline since admission. The patient required rehabilitation services to increase strength, functional mobility, and transfers, as well as to increase the ability to safely ambulate and increase coordination to decrease further risk for falls and decline in function.

When Laverene first admitted, he stated “I was a mess. No one knew how things were going to go.” Laverene has been working extremely hard with our Rehabilitation Team, surpassing his baseline goal within 23 days! With perseverance, he increased his ability to ambulate at 150 plus feet with his baseline ambulation of <5 feet and the initial goal of ambulating 50 feet. He was admitted with his PEG tube and was NPO (nothing by mouth) and, unfortunately, remains NPO but has been working with speech therapy and is now able to have pleasure feeding and is continuing to work his way up from there!

Laverne feels “proud of how far I’ve come thanks to the Grace of God and the Rehabilitation Team.” Our social services team is supporting him with his plan of discharge. He is still continuing his healing journey with us at Green Hills Center, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to support him along the way.

Green Hills is so proud of the hard work Laverene and our Rehabilitation Team have shown throughout his journey, and we look forward to the amazing outcomes.