For Eric Garrard, it was the sudden illness of his wife, Deana, which reminded him of the power of inpatient rehabilitation. In 1999, Deana suffered a sudden bleeding in her brain resulting from an Arterio Venous Malformation (AVM) that left her hospitalized in an induced coma. Following her surgery to repair the AVM, Eric wondered if Deana was ready for such an intensive rehabilitation process. She was very weak, could barely walk, and had trouble finding the right words in a conversation. Eric knew the value of rehabilitative nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy but was still amazed at Deana’s progress in a HealthSouth hospital. After a two-week stay, Deana was discharged home and continued her recovery in an outpatient program.
Today, Deana is a practicing pharmacist and mother of three healthy children. Deana enjoys tennis, hiking and chasing the kids everywhere. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I owe my life to rehabilitation professionals like the ones who cared for my wife so long ago,” Eric says. “These people see potential for recovery where many others – including patients and family – often don’t.”
Eric is very proud to promote the rehabilitative services Cane Creek provides in west Tennessee and southwest Kentucky. “As the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in our region, Cane Creek is a wonderful resource for our communities,” he states. “I am so proud to be affiliated with such a fine group of people and remain amazed at the hard work and optimism they provide their patients every day.”