Illana Cohen (pictured above) embodied what most would consider the ideal picture of health. The 43-year-old Delray Beach resident goes to the gym at least twice a week and has had few situations requiring hospitalization. But that all changed at the end of April, when the Boca / Delray area real estate agent started to feel ill and her two adult daughters and her family doctor advised her to go to the emergency room.
Fortunately, her youngest daughter was able to drive her to Boca Raton Regional Hospital shortly after the onset of her disturbing symptoms, which included headache, dizziness, and difficulty holding things with her right hand.
When she arrived, the emergency department medical team went straight to work to determine what was causing Ms. Cohen’s symptoms. Immediately, she was evaluated by emergency room staff and the neurology team, who then ordered a chest x-ray, an EKG, blood tests to check her heart enzymes, a CT scan and an MRI of her brain – this who revealed that she had had a left posterior frontal. lobe shot.
It quickly became apparent to Ms. Cohen’s husband, Samy Dwek, that they weren’t in just any emergency room.
“I have lived all over the world – Paris, Monaco, Milan and Geneva – and have had surgeries in other hospitals, and Boca Regional is special,” he said. “The way they treated my wife, diagnosed her with ischemic stroke right away and admitted her for follow-up care was truly remarkable.
Mr Dwek, who sits on the board of directors of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and is a major donor to the hospital, observed with awe as the team looked after his wife.
“These nurses, doctors and technicians who looked after Illana didn’t know or care that I was a donor,” he said. “I’m sure they treat all the patients who come there with the same care and care they showed Illana and me.
Once she was stabilized, Ms. Cohen proceeded to the patient’s floor of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute within the hospital. It is a patient care unit made up of nurses specially trained to care for stroke patients.
“I quickly learned from these amazing nurses that the first 48 hours after a stroke is the most critical in stopping the damage,” Dwek said. “Every nurse who entered Illana’s room was incredibly caring, and the nurses weren’t the only ones either. It was like a family. Each person supported the others and it really happened.
Mr Dwek saw his wife’s condition improve over the next two days as she worked with speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who made her walk, talk and function with daily chores. She was able to return home two days later.
“The protocols they put in place there really helped restore it,” he said. “She still has work to do until her full recovery, but she left the hospital with minimal damage.”
Ms Cohen will continue her outpatient therapy and her doctors will work to find the cause of her stroke to prevent any future problems, but her family is very grateful to the team at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Institute. Marcus Neuroscience.
“I’m so in love with what they did – how they took care of my wife to get her back,” Mr. Dwek said. “I want to go to the highest mountain to shout that.”
His gratitude compelled him to write a letter to the CEO of Lincoln Mendez Hospital and President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Mark Larkin, about his wife’s experience and to organize a fundraiser. fund for the hospital on Facebook, praising the care and urging people to invest in the hospital:
“I want to thank everyone at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital for saving my wife. I want to thank the donors for making sure this community hospital can save lives. I hope anyone looking for a career as a nurse or caregiver will apply to Boca Raton Regional Hospital when considering a home. My family and I will forever be indebted and will remain involved in this incredible institution. We are happy to contribute to the hospital and hope more will join the call.
At last count, her post garnered 418 comments and her advocacy raised $ 1,822 from 22 donors.
Mr Dwek speaks passionately about the care provided at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital and says other hospitals should model their hiring practices to get such compassionate nurses and caregivers.
“Caring for patients doesn’t require a good bedside manner,” he admitted. “But these nurses and staff were ‘beyond humans’. It was a pleasure to be with them.