Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (February 2021)

Patient’s Age: 69-years-old
Date of Admission: 01/06/21
Admitted From: Centennial Medical Center
Discharge Date: 03/01/21
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 55 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation following Above Knee Amputation


Details of experience:
Mr. Lucas arrived at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing on January 6, 2021, following an inpatient stay at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Lucas had initially been admitted to the hospital for a TKA (Total Knee Arthroplasty), following a gunshot wound to his left knee. Mr. Lucas developed a severe infection in the surrounding tissue, which precipitated the need for an AKA (Above Knee Amputation). Due to severe pain and loss of functional mobility, Trevecca Center Rehabilitation was determined to be the best community to assist him in regaining his strength, healing, functional mobility, and independence.

Mr. Lucas was evaluated by a dedicated medical team that included Jessica Meurer, his Physical Therapist, and Sara Garner, his Occupational Therapist. His first and second week of therapy focused primarily on decreasing his pain, due to the staples that were still in place following the surgery. Additionally, exercises were implemented to increase his sense of balance when Mr. Lucas would rise to a standing position from sitting on the edge of his bed.

Following the removal of his staples, Mr. Lucas saw remarkable improvement in his mobility, balance and the execution of essential activities in daily living. Initially, Mr. Lucas required full contact assistance when toileting, bathing, lower extremity dressing and transfers from the bed to his wheelchair. Mr. Lucas recognized tremendous success in all areas of daily living by mid-February. He advanced to executing tasks in Trevecca’s first-class therapy gym, where he practiced higher level balancing activities, such as changing bed linens, placing items in lower level compartments, meal preparation, proper techniques when entering and exiting the bathtub, fall recovery skills, dressing his lower extremity with a theraband, and balance skills allowing him to observe any skin breakdown on the residual portion of his limb prior to applying his shrinker and prosthetic.

On March 1, 2021 Mr. Lucas was able to discharge from Trevecca and return home. He will receive in-home fitting for his personal prosthesis and continue therapy to gain full stability. Mr. Lucas shared that the team at Trevecca were “really amazing and taught me how to do skills following my amputation that I could never accomplish on my own”. He further stated that “if you will do as the therapist advised and come with a determined spirit, you will be successful!”

The team wishes Mr. Lucas the very best of health and well-being on his continuing life journey.

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Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (January 2021)

Patient’s Age: 76-years-old
Date of Admission: 10/13/20
Admitted From: Summit Medical Center
Discharge Date: 01/08/21
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 88 days
Reason for stay: Cellulitis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Wound Care


Details of experience:
Mr. Herbst arrived at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing on October 13, 2020, following an inpatient stay at Summit Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Herbst had been admitted to the hospital as a result of complications with Cellulitis; which causes severe swelling and irritation under the skin, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to the high degree of pain from these conditions, and a total loss of functional mobility, Trevecca Rehabilitation was determined to be the best facility to assist him in regaining his strength, healing, mobility, and independence.

Upon arrival to Trevecca, Mr. Herbst was evaluated by a dedicated medical team that included Jessica Meurer, his Physical Therapist; Kinsey Day, Occupational Therapist; Sara Garner, Physical Therapist, and a wound care nurse, to address the wounds that were present on the heel area of both feet. He arrived in excruciating pain from the inflammation under his skin in both legs, idiopathic gout in his feet and hands, rheumatoid arthritis in his hands and legs, and wounds on both heels that included an abscess of the wound on his right heel.

Mr. Herbst’s first and second week of therapy focused primarily on decreasing his pain, through exercises designed to increase his bed mobility. He initially required 100% assistance from the therapist to adjust his position and sit on the edge of the bed for ten seconds. Gradually his tolerance levels increased allowing him to hold his position for 10 minutes, and execute stretching exercises utilizing a theraband to increase functional reaching tasks. Due to the pain associated with gripping items, Mr. Herbst was provided “built-up” or padded utensils for eating allowing him to eat independently. The wound care nurses cleaned and applied fresh dressings to the wounds on his heels one to two times each day for the first 15 days of his care.

The third and fourth week of therapy involved Mr. Herbst transferring from the bed to his wheelchair using a slide board to avoid pressure on his heels, but allowing him to practice wheelchair mobility. Each day through the sixth and seventh week of therapy brought greater mobility, as he was able to rise from a sitting position on his bed, stand and turn to move to his wheelchair utilizing a walker. Gradually, he was able to transfer unassisted using a walker propelling himself up and down the hallways, unassisted 250 feet!
Additionally, he experienced Trevecca’s first-class therapy gym, where he practiced higher level balancing activities of daily living, utilizing steps to simulate his home environment and preparing a grilled cheese sandwich in the therapy kitchen!

On January 13, 2021, Mr. Herbst was able to discharge from Trevecca and return home. He shared that the therapists and other medical staff are amazing at Trevecca, but ultimately the responsibility for your recovery falls on the patient’s shoulders by deciding to participate in the program. The therapists are there to guide and help you meet your goals.

Mr. Herbst drove back to Trevecca independently on Wednesday, January 27 2021 to receive his second COVID vaccination! The team wishes Mr. Herbst the very best of health and well-being on his continued life journey.

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Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (December 2020)

Patient’s Age: 61-years-old
Date of Admission: 11/16/20
Admitted From: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Discharge Date: 12/08/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 23 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation and Wound Care following 3rd Degree Burns


Details of experience:
Ms. S. Crowe arrived at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing on November 16, 2020, following her extensive inpatient stay at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Crowe had been admitted to the hospital following a house fire, where she suffered 3rd-degree burns over 20% of her body. While hospitalized, Ms. Crowe underwent three skin graft surgeries, where healthy skin and tissue were removed from an unaffected area of the body and used to cover the lost or severely damaged skin. Between the burns and skin graft surgeries, Ms. Crowe had wounds over 40% of her total body surface, which needed to be carefully treated. Due to the high degree of pain from multiple surgical procedures, wounds that required sophisticated treatment, loss of functional mobility, and a reduced ability to safely transfer or execute activities for daily living, Trevecca Rehabilitation was determined to be the best facility to assist her in regaining her strength and independence.

Upon arrival at Trevecca Center, Ms. Crowe was greeted by a dedicated medical team. Within 24 hours, her Physical Therapist, Jessica, Occupational Therapist, Sara, and Wound Care Nurse, Jackie LPN, WCC, began her therapy program at the bedside to evaluate her current state of health and mobility. She arrived in excruciating pain from the skin graft sites, burn sites, and deep wounds from the donor sites, where the skin had been removed, as well as the inability to transfer from her bed and walk.

Ms. Crowe’s first week of therapy focused on balance skills using a walker, with full contact assistance from the therapist. Her wound care nurse implemented very isolated care on each wound, to avoid any further infection. The second week involved Ms. Crowe moving from a sitting position to a standing position, and ambulating 75 feet without experiencing a loss of balance, under minimal supervision from her therapy team. The third week of therapy focused on fall recovery skills, in the event she was to fall after returning home. Additionally, she experienced Trevecca’s first-class therapy gym, where she practiced higher level balancing activities of daily living, utilizing steps to simulate her home environment, changing bed linens, and placing items in floor level compartments.

Each day brought greater mobility, as she was able to rise from a sitting position unassisted and transfer using a walker, as much as 250 feet without shortness of breath or losing her balance! The wound care team resolved her initial infection and was able to keep her from acquiring any additional infection throughout the healing process.

On December 8, 2020, Ms. Crowe was able to discharge from Trevecca and return home. She shared that the team at Trevecca “was absolutely amazing and truly gifted professionals”. Ms. Crowe was very complimentary of the role of the Concierge, a unique position within Trevecca, acting as a patient liaison with staff and family. She stated that the Concierge had made a big difference in the communication of her needs during a very difficult time in her life.

The team wishes Ms. Crowe the best of health and well-being on her continuing life journey.

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Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (November 2020)

Patient’s Age: 80-years-old
Date of Admission: 10/29/20
Admitted From: VA Hospital, Nashville Tennessee
Discharge Date: 11/25/20
Discharged To: Independent Living Facility
Length of Stay: 27 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation following UTI and onset of decreased strength and mobility


Details of experience:
Mr. Hugh B. arrived at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing on October 29, 2020, following his inpatient stay at the Nashville VA Medical Center. He had been admitted to the hospital after being found on the floor of his apartment. Upon assessment, it was determined that his weakness was most likely related to a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), dehydration, and poor nutrition. Due to the onset of a decrease in overall body strength, a decrease in functional mobility, and a reduced ability to safely transfer or execute activities for daily living, Trevecca Rehabilitation was determined to be the best rehabilitation center to support Mr. Bennett in regaining his strength and independence.

Upon arrival to Trevecca, Mr. Bennett was greeted by our dedicated clinical team. Within 24 hours, his Physical Therapist, Sara Saussey, Occupational Therapist, Sara Garner, and his Speech Therapist, Sara Schaeffer began his therapy program at bedside to evaluate his current state of health and mobility. He arrived with the need for full assistance with transfers and bed mobility, as well as, an altered mental status related to his UTI.

Mr. Bennett worked with the therapy team focusing on balancing skills, lower extremity strength, toileting, bathing and “rolling”, in the event he would experience a fall after returning home. Mr. Bennett quickly graduated from rising from his bed with significant assistance, to walking with assistance approximately 15 feet. Each day brought greater mobility, as he was able to rise from a sitting position unassisted and ambulate using a walker, as much as 250 feet!

On November 25, 2020 Mr. Bennett was able to return home to his independent living apartment. Mr. Bennett shared that the team at Trevecca “were absolutely wonderful, and he could not imagine achieving this level of improvement without their care.”

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Nashville Skilled Recovery Center Partners with Local Assisted Living Facility to Provide COVID-19 Specialty Care

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to provide support to the incredible residents of The Opal at Music City,” shared Carl Young, Administrator of Trevecca Center. 

Trevecca Center has reported that they have supported the recovery of over 80 COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic. The center has established dedicated, isolated units to provide comprehensive care to those battling the virus. 

Young continued, “As a trusted partner of the Tennessee Department of Health, we have had the opportunity to showcase our outstanding clinical capabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are so honored to extend our care services to our partners in care at The Opal at Music City.” 

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Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (January 2020)

Patient’s Age: 56-years-old
Date of Admission: 06/25/19
Admitted From: Skyline Hospital
Discharge Date: TBD
Reason for stay: Acute and chronic respiratory failure and cerebral infarction.


Details of experience:
Mr. Richard Bennett arrived at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on June 25, 2019, from Skyline Hospital. He was originally admitted to Skyline Hospital due to acute health concerns that included; cerebral infarction, pneumonia, respiratory failure, tracheotomy, sepsis, hypertension, muscle weakness, etc. Mr. Richard Bennett was referred to Trevecca from Skyline hospital. When he arrived at our community, he was warmly greeted by multiple team members from all departments. Our social services team visited him in an effort to get to know him and understand his medical history and family support, while our recreation therapy team visited to learn his hobbies and interests.

Upon admission, Mr. Richard Bennett was assessed by our therapy department. This was a crucial and sought after meeting for Mr. Bennett because his need for therapy was very high. It was imperative for our therapy team to have the opportunity to learn Mr. Bennett’s history and craft a centered care plan to ensure that he could make rapid progress.

His progress continues to grow through the support of our interdisciplinary team. With the nurturing support from our speech-language pathology team, Mr. Bennett has steadily built upon his communication skills, acquiring the ability to communicate tolerance, comprehend questions and answers, and converse in regards to his care plan.

His physical process has also grown and shown progress since his initial arrival. He at first was unable to walk long distances independently, but now he has expanded his skill set to be able to walk across the gym with little assistance at all.

Mr. Bennett was also on a trach when he arrived at Trevecca Center. He was decannulated shortly after his arrival, allowing our respiratory team to monitor breathing levels, respiration rates, and oxygen saturation levels around the clock.

Mr. Bennett remains at Trevecca Center as he continues to progress daily alongside our nursing and therapy teams. He has made mention that he has gained tremendous strength since his arrival and continues to push himself to achieve more. We look forward to sharing more progress updates as Mr. Bennett continues to shine in our therapy gymnasium.

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Case Study: Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (December 2019)

Patient’s Age: 67-years-old
Date of Admission: 11/14/19
Admitted From: Vanderbilt Hospital
Discharge Date: TBD
Reason for stay: Motor Vehicle accident resulting in multiple fractures
How did this patient hear about Trevecca Center? Patient’s mother was also a resident at Trevecca.


Details of experience:
Mr. Barry Parnell was admitted to Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on November 14th from Vanderbilt Hospital. Mr. Parnell was in a car accident resulting in several fractures and would require skilled nursing care. Mr. Parnell suffered a right tibia and fibula fracture, along with rib fractures, traumatic pneumothorax, acute kidney injury, neuropathy, anemia, and a left clavicle head fracture along with a surgical wound. When Mr. Parnell arrived at Trevecca, he was welcomed by our team, each conducting their own assessments, to closely monitor his needs and progress to get him well, so he can return home.

Upon arrival, Mr. Parnell was admitted to our respiratory therapy unit. In this unit, Mr. Parnell’s vitals could be monitored closely and routinely. Additionally, Mr. Parnell had a surgical wound requiring treatment by our wound care team. This team quickly got to work assessing his wound and providing the treatment that he would need in order for the wound to properly heal. The wound to be assessed was on his right leg, a large abrasion. The wound quickly reduced in size and depth and is healing beautifully without infection.

Our therapy department worked closely with the patient to support strength training and retrain the legs movements. Mr. Parnell constantly challenged himself to reach his goals and worked hand-in-hand with the staff toward that end.

Mr. Parnell is known to our Trevecca community as his mother was a resident with us. He has constantly pushed himself to get better and to regain his strength. Mr. Parnell has participated in our activities programs and interacted with other residents. Although Mr. Parnell has been through a great deal, he still managed to keep staff laughing and smiling and remained a friendly face. We are so glad that he chose to heal at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing.

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Professional of The Quarter, Ryan Turner

Congratulations to our Professional of the Quarter, Ryan Turner, Fourth Floor Nurse Manager at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing!

A valued team member at Trevecca Center, Ryan Turner has been a part of the Trevecca team since 2014.

“I’ve been in healthcare since 2013, and before this, I worked in radiology; I fell in love with nursing during this time, and I graduated from nursing school in 2013. I just dove right in!”
After working his way up the chain in assisted living, he began a new path in skilled nursing, finding his way to Trevecca Center.

“I started on night shift, and then when the position for floor unit manager opened, I just went for it! I love the community itself; a lot of teamwork has been implemented here, and we work as a true team,” Turner shared.

A nurse through and through, Turner stated that the best part of his day is when he makes rounds on his floor. “I love seeing my team members taking pride in their work, and it shows. I love knowing the difference me and my team make for our residents.”

“As CareRite has been great to me, I want to be great for them! Everyone may have a bad day, but we’re all here for a reason; I make sure my goal never changes.”

When asked what advice he shares with his own team members, Turner shared, “It always takes a minute to find your groove, but once you do, you’re unstoppable! Make your goals happen, the only person standing in your way is you! Stay hopeful, and stay humble!”

Congratulations Ryan Turner! You are #TheCareRiteDifference!