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Rehab at PCRMC
Velma Rohrer takes steps during physical therapy with the assistance of Teresa
Smith, physical therapist.
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Once at PCRMC, Velma remained
an inpatient from the middle of July to
September 2013. "When she ﬁrst began
rehabilitation therapy at PCRMC, she
could not scratch her nose or move her
ﬁngers," George says, "but Velma has
always been a ﬁghter. She kept trying,
and eventually she began to regain a
little movement in her upper body."
Velma has worked extensively with
PCRMC Outpatient Therapy for a year
and a half. She goes to therapy twice
a week for an hour at a time. "One of
Velma's doctors called her a 'miracle
in progress,'" George says. "She continues to make progress every day, and
she is an inspiration to so many people. Velma gives it her all and doesn't
Velma's resilience has paid oﬀ. She
has now regained movement in her
upper body, and she is now able to walk
short distances with the assistance of a
therapist and a walker during physical
therapy. The Rohrers attribute Velma's
success to two things: their faith in
God and the wonderful people who
work at PCRMC. "There is a sense of
caring here," Velma says. "The attitude
of caring at PCRMC goes beyond just
performing a duty or a service. This
caring attitude permeates throughout
the entire hospital, from department to
department, from employee to employee.
The services at PCRMC surpass others
because the people here create an atmosphere for getting better."
George agrees. "PCRMC stands out
above the rest. We have been to the
large healthcare organizations in other
places," he says. "Anyplace can provide
a service, but what is so unique about
Rolla is the positive environment created
by the employees. From the moment
you walk in, you matter. Our experience here has been nothing but positive.
The adage is true: Actions speak louder
than words, and PCRMC goes above and
beyond what we ever expected." I
PHOTOS BY HILLARY MACCASH
Velma and George Rohrer have been
married for almost 50 years. They are
best friends who enjoy attending church
and singing gospel music together.
The Rohrers live 30 minutes outside of
Salem in Shannon County.
On May 28, 2013, right before bedtime, Velma fell in her home and sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury,
meaning she was paralyzed from the
neck down. From the time of her accident until the middle of July, Velma
remained in intensive care at Cox in
Springﬁeld. George was driving to and
from their home to the hospital, and
the trip became diﬃcult. "I could not
be there for her as much as I wanted to
be since I was over three hours away,"
George says. "I knew that Rolla was a
good hospital, so I looked into having
her relocated closer to home."
George says he and Velma discussed
a plan with a representative at PCRMC
to move Velma to the second ﬂoor of the
hospital to continue her recovery. We
truly feel that the decision to move her
to Rolla was meant to be."
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