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The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital Discharges First Patient

Sanford, FL—When Lola Chapman of Sanford suffered a stroke last month, immediate treatment at Central Florida Regional Hospital, a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, saved her life. While Lola originally experienced what seemed to be minimal effects from the brain attack, within a few days she was unable to walk without assistance and she couldn’t talk or chew. Lola’s neurologist, Dr. Sampathkumar Shanmugham, explained these delayed symptoms were a result of Lola’s stroke.

Fortunately for Lola, there was a new service opening that same week at Central Florida Regional Hospital to help patients like her minimize physical or cognitive disabilities and gain greater independence after illness, injury or surgery. The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital opened on May 27. The only facility of its kind in Seminole County, The Rehabilitation Center offers rehabilitation to patients with conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation or brain injury.

The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital has 13 large private rooms, a patient gym, home care therapy area and 24-hour immediate access to all hospital services. The Rehabilitation Center’s team of doctors, nurses and therapists created a customized plan for Lola that included at least three hours each day of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy designed to restore her physical strength and mobility.

“My primary care physician, Dr. Patel, told me about the brand new Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital,” Lola said. “I was encouraged by the treatment available and excited about being one of the first to benefit from this service. The staff is attentive. The unit is beautiful. It was comfortable and I slept great!”

One of the reasons Lola slept so well was the intensive therapy she participated in each day.

“I was the first to use all the gym equipment,” Lola said. “We called it ‘Lola’s Gym.’ I was tired but it was a good tired.”

On Thursday, June 13, after a 12-day stay, Lola was the first patient to graduate from The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital. The staff and her family celebrated with her as she walked down the hall to Pomp and Circumstance, wearing a cap and gown, using only a cane for assistance.

“Today is a special day for our entire team, “said Wendy Brandon, Chief Executive Officer, Central Florida Regional Hospital. “To see this intensive, comprehensive rehabilitation facility become a reality for our community is gratifying. But to see Mrs. Chapman graduate, walking with such strength and grace and with her speech and ability to eat fully restored, affirms our commitment to providing this important level of care.”

The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital will host an Open House for the community on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Call (407) 302-7363 to R.S.V.P. by June 24. For more information on The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital visit

The Rehabilitation Center

As her rehabilitation team looks on, Lola Chapman, the first patient to finish treatment at The Rehabilitation Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital receives her diploma from, left to right: Imelda Taitano, Physical Therapist; Wendy Brandon, Chief Executive Officer; Narinder Aujla, M.D., Medical Director and Marge Reyes, Director.

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