Barbara Slessinger has the distinction of being the first individual to utilize the outpatient services now offered at Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Barbara experienced a fall in the community that resulted in a shattered left femoral neck fracture requiring surgical repair involving the placement of a steel rod, screws, and a spring. She underwent surgery at IU Health Bloomington, and following surgery, doctors recommended post-acute rehabilitation to help Barbara return to her prior level of function. She came to BRRH because she needed a more intensive level of care to achieve that goal. In addition, the regular physician oversight provided at BRRH would help manage some of Barbara’s other medical needs post-surgery.
Before her injury, Barbara lived in Bloomington and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. When not with her grandkids, Barbara enjoyed reading and crocheting. “I was independent before my injury,” Barbara noted. “And when I got to BRRH after surgery, I could barely stand, and I definitely couldn’t walk. It took two people just to get me up. The doctors told me it would take six months to a year before I was back to normal.”
Barbara credits “the entire medical team” at Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital for having the biggest influence on her recovery. “The entire staff was caring and the nicest group of people I have ever had the chance to meet, from the maintenance team, dietary (the best food), the nurses, techs, and therapists. All of them were kind, caring, and good at what they did.”
After her inpatient stay, Barbara knew she needed more therapy but was unsure where to go. “Luckily for me, I was able to be the first outpatient here,” Barbara said with a smile. “When I heard they were opening, I asked them to put my name on the list and was just lucky the timing worked out. I got to continue my recovery in the same place it started. Next week will be the fourth month post-surgery, and I have made so much progress. I am ahead of schedule and will be discharged from therapy. I still have a few goals to achieve, but will be able to achieve those well ahead of schedule.”
“I am thankful for Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. This is the best place I have ever been!”