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Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps stroke patient use right side

Left to right: Kathleen Stecher, speech therapist; Roy Williams; Bill Bartsch, physical therapist assistant; and Ann Overhauser, occupational therapist

Roy Williams came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, for rehabilitation on March 17, 2017, after a stroke affected his right side.

“When Roy first came to us, he was very compromised – physically, mentally and more,” said Bill Batsch, physical therapist assistant....

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps Daly recover after arm fracture

Left to right: Michelle Wilson, occupational therapist; Eleanor Daly; and Nick Hennicke, physical therapist

After falling and breaking her arm, Eleanor Daly needed rehabilitation.

To make matters worse, Daly also had pneumonia, which weakened her whole body. She came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on Nov. 16, 2016. She couldn’t walk and needed extensive assistance with standing, transferring from one surface to another, getting dressed and bathing....

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps arthritis patient walk again

David Neubauer, center, with Donna Rosacker, occupational therapist, left, and Nick Hennicke, physical therapist

David Neubauer acquired septic arthritis in his right knee, leading to swelling, pain and the inability to walk.

To recover, Neubauer came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on Dec. 30, 2016. When he arrived, he needed extensive assistance to stand, get dressed or get from one surface to another (such as from his bed to a wheelchair)....

Collins wins ACHCA facility leadership award

Julie Collins, executive director

On April 4, 2017, Julie Collins, executive director at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, won the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award during the annual American College of Health Care Administrators Convocation.

The award goes to administrators of facilities that meet eligibility requirements with regard to survey results, occupancy and quality measures. According to ACHCA, the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is a distinction of significance, and fewer than 9 percent of facilities nationwide qualify.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton hosts Valentine’s Day lunch for couples

Resident Martha Waigand and her husband, John

On Feb. 14, 2017, several couples enjoyed a Valentine’s Day luncheon at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri.

Long-term residents and short-term rehab patients alike could invite their spouses to join them for a meal of prime rib, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus, dinner rolls and red velvet cake. Tables were decorated with candles and flowers....

Life Care Center of Bridgeton hosts rehab reunion

Former rehab patients and their family members at the reunion

On March 24, 2017, Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, held a rehab reunion for patients who graduated from therapy in 2016.

Several former patients and their families came to enjoy live music by a duo who sing oldies music

“Some patients got so into it that they started dancing,” said Kristen McFetridge, director of rehab services....

Life Care Center of Bridgeton holds team-building activity

Associates pose with their marshmallow tower.

Associates from all departments at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, worked together to build a marshmallow tower during their all-staff meeting on Dec. 16, 2016.

Julie Collins, executive director; Lashawda Brown, director of nursing; and Kristen McFetridge, director of rehab, planned the event, and they hope to incorporate a team-building activity into every all-staff meeting.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton sponsors holiday food drive

“We are blessed and highly favored. There is a God!”

The Team Spirit Committee of Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, sponsored a food drive during early December, 2016, to ensure associates in need had food for Christmas.

Enough food was donated over the course of two weeks to provide seven associates with food boxes for Christmas

Life Care Center of Bridgeton resident turns 100

Resident Margaret Berardino with daughter Vineva Grimes

On Nov. 29, 2016, Margaret Berardino, a resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, turned 100.

The facility hosted a birthday party for Berardino on Nov. 26. Charlene Willey, director of dining services, planned the event with the help of Berardino’s son, and many of her extended family members were able to come to town to celebrate.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton therapist named Caregiver of the Year

Karen Cooper, occupational therapist assistant and VOYCE Caregiver of the Year

On Dec. 1, 2016, Karen Cooper, an occupational therapist assistant at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, received the VOYCE Caregiver of the Year Award.

VOYCE serves the greater St. Louis area by providing support for long-term care ombudsmen. Each year, the organization recognizes exceptional individuals in long-term care. VOYCE presented 17 awards this year out of 100 nominees.