Mr. Mannella's Story
Leonard Mannella, RN is no stranger to the everyday emergencies and medical
traumas that occur inside a hospital. A seasoned medical professional,
this 54-year-old spent his days caring for others and exercising empathy
and compassion with all his patients. As an ER veteran, Mr. Mannella thought
he had experienced it all. This perception changed when his role shifted
from nurse to patient in fall 2010.
Prior to his stay at The Rehabilitation Center, Mr. Mannella endured two
episodes of respiratory and kidney failure, forcing him into the ICU and
onto dialysis. Due to trauma and failure with other surgical procedures,
the attending orthopedic surgeon recommended amputation. As a result,
Mr. Mannella underwent a right below-the-knee amputation and surgery on
his left leg in October 2010. Following the surgeries, Mr. Mannella was
to start his recovery in rehabilitation. After careful consideration,
he selected The Rehabilitation Center at Southern Regional and has since
said it was the best decision he made.
From the moment he arrived at Southern Regional, Mr. Mannella was cared
for and treated like family. The pristine facility and warm-natured staff
made his difficult journey to recovery more manageable. The initial concern
and care afforded to Mr. Mannella from everyone he came in contact with
set the tone for the rest of his stay at Southern Regional, which lasted
approximately three weeks.
During that time, Mr. Mannella worked with Dr. D. Terrence Foster and therapists
Maurice Warthen, Renee Sumlin and other staff members to regain his strength
and adjust to his new lifestyle. Special arrangements were made to have
Mr. Mannella’s casts replaced in the orthopedic surgeon’s
office and his therapies adjusted accordingly. In addition, nutritional
services worked with Mr. Mannella to help him plan his meals to ensure
he received the right nutrition with a personalized meal plan.
The continual stream of positive reinforcement and encouragement Mr. Mannella
received during his stay at The Rehabilitation Center culminated with
a specific instance of kindness. Due to limited mobility, Mr. Mannella
had not been able to shower for quite some time. After much encouragement
and support from the staff, Mr. Mannella began working toward accomplishing
this major milestone with pride and integrity. Occupational therapist
Renee Sumlin was by his side each step of the slow and careful journey.
The patience Sumlin exemplified during Mr. Mannella’s treatment
was one of the things Mr. Mannella remembers most about his entire experience
at Southern Regional.
“Everyone was so caring and kind,” (Mr.) Mannella said. “It
made all the difference.”
Frequent visits from Dr. Foster, The Rehabilitation Center’s medical
director, during his stay reminded Mr. Mannella of the type of care he
worked to give his own patients. Rather than using what he called a “cookie
cutter approach,” the staff at Southern Regional personalized a
care plan to fit Mr. Mannella’s specific needs.
It is because of the support and help of the staff of The Rehabilitation
Center at Southern Regional Medical Center that Mr. Mannella is making
an excellent recovery. With the help of Dottie Borders, a social worker
that assisted him during his rehabilitation, Mr. Mannella now has homecare
assistance and is making progress every day. Adapting to his new prosthesis
has been an ongoing learning process but with in-home physical therapy
three times a week, Mr. Mannella is regaining his livelihood and learning
to function with his new body. Recently, his left foot was cleared - a
true sign of progress. As for his next step of this journey, Mr. Mannella
said he can’t wait to reprise his role as a nurse.
For more information about The Rehabilitation Center at Southern Regional, clickhere.