Success Stories

Rayner Cardenas

Rayner Cardenas spent two weeks rehabilitating at STRH after suffering a massive heart attack.

“My name is Rayner Cardenas, and I was a patient in your facility from July 11, 2019 through July 25, 2019. I am 47-years-old and my world was completely turned upside-down when I suffered a “massive” heart attack on July 1st, 2019. Suffice it to say that I woke up on July 3rd to find myself in the ICU, with tubes and lines coming out of all parts of my body, and thus began the long process of recovery. I would now need to learn to walk and move my arms all over again.

Luckily, my wife and family members recommended I go to your facility to receive therapy. I cannot say enough about your entire staff, from your CEO, Leo Garza, your Director of Marketing, Albert Loya, your Director of Nursing, Aaron Cepeda, Christine, my case manager, and of course the nurses, and definitely your therapists, especially Adriana and Miguel, who pushed me hard and motivated me to get stronger. I am proud to say that when I came to your facility, I was in a wheelchair, barely able to stand with assistance, and when I was discharged, I left walking (with the assistance of a walker) under my own power.
I also must mention that Juan, the PCT who helped me during my stay, was fantastic. He assisted me with bathing and so many basic care routines that we take for granted every day until we are unable to perform them for ourselves. Juan was a true professional.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitute to Dr. Apolinario, and especially his assistant Karina Ornelas, who checked on me daily.
Each of the individuals mentioned above, and so many others whose names escape me, truly made me feel like I was a member of their family. They cared for me, they encouraged and motivate dme, and they made sure that I felt safe and comfortable during my stay. I will always be grateful to them for their care and compassion and for giving me a second chance at a normal life.
I would like to give a special thanks to Leo, Albert, and Aaron, who made it possible for Dr. Pelly (who saved my life) to continue providing medical care in coordination with Dr. Apolinario and Dr. Hussain at STRH.”
Eternally grateful,
Rayner O. Cardenas
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Recognized Among Top 10% in the Nation

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital has been named in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States for the 11th year. The hospital’s care was cited as being patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard,” says Leo Garza, CEO of South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have graciously been recognized as a top performing facility for many years now, but we never take it for granted. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about helping patients reach their full potential through the care we provide. We work daily to ensure patients are reaching their highest levels of ability and independence.”

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked in the Top 10 percent from among 870 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes.

“If you take into account that a national study has previously shown that inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide better long-term results for patients, being ranked at the top of that group validates the quality of care we provide,” says Dr. Christopher Wilson, Medical Director for South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital referencing a study commissioned by the ARA Research Institute that showed patients treated in inpatient facilities experienced improved quality of life as compared to skilled nursing facilities.

“To provide the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States to our own community is truly rewarding,” Garza says. “This means our family, friends, and colleagues don’t need to leave the area to receive the best care available.”

Through the UDSMR, South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital also will collaborate with peers throughout the nation to share information and establish best practices for patients. “This helps elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States,” Garza says.

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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