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Rehabilitation services can help patients get back to work, rejoin their community and achieve the highest quality of life possible. It is often part of a medical regimen due to a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma, amputation, neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's, and some orthopedic disorders..


Scott White faced many challenges after a serious car accident in 2009: a long hospitalization, back surgery and, worst of all, an infection that left him permanently paralyzed from the bellybutton down.

But this loyal husband and father of three from Simi Valley wasn’t going to be defeated.

“I wanted to set an example that no matter what adversity is thrown at you, you have to pull your bootstraps up and move along,” White says. It soon became obvious that he wasn’t getting the kind of rehabilitation he needed, so he transferred to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

White was impressed with the level of personal attention and expertise from day one. “They surrounded me with support, and nothing was forced on me with the exception of ‘You’re here to get better.

Physical therapy is a must,’ ” he says. White participated in physical and occupational therapy for about three hours a day. He also requested additional time in the gym and asked for exercise equipment in his room so he could keep working on his own.

It wasn’t long before White’s hard work paid off, and he had acquired the skills he needed to return home. “You can’t go home without learning how to safely transfer into a car from your wheelchair,” he explains. “I also learned to get dressed, maneuver my wheelchair and build the core strength needed to sit up straight after my spinal cord injury.”

White, who is now 43, has returned to his job as an information technology manager, and shows his gratitude to the Providence Saint Joseph team by volunteering in the acute rehab department on weekends. “They taught me what I needed so I can be as independent as possible,” says White. “I’m able to play catch with my son, and I’m glad he can see that even though I’m in a wheelchair, there are a lot of things I can do.”


"The staff members were excellent. This is a top-notch rehab center, probably the best part of this hospital!"

"I was very impressed how the therapists handled such a big guy like me. If it were not for the therapists pushing me, I would not be where I am and would not feel comfortable going home." - Robert Chubbuck, Stroke Patient


"I liked the approach Acute Rehab personnel had and their diversity in dealing with what I needed."

"They recognized quickly what they needed to do, beyond the basics, and they strengthened areas which I had not kept strong, making them stronger. Each and every one did a tremendous job!" - Joan Maurer, Fall Victim with Multiple Fractures


"I had the support and comfort of wonderful people."

"The amazing nurses, Dr. Lupo and his great acute rehabilitation team helped me to counteract the damages of my stroke right away." - Reiko Bradley, Stroke Patient


"The speech therapy program was most important for my rehabilitation and many people do not realize how valuable this program can be."

"It re-teaches you how to reason, think and put together all the thoughts that initially ‘scrambled’ in your brain due to stroke. Following several months of successful speech therapy, I’m back to 100%." - Joan Maurer, Fall Victim with Multiple Fractures