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Heart attack patient regains independence at Valley West Health Care Center

Katherine Johnson with Jennifer Sanders, occupational therapist assistant

When Katherine Johnson came to Valley West Health Care Center in Eugene, Oregon, for rehabilitation on Oct. 3, 2018, she had been through a lot.

Johnson had suffered a heart attack due to toxic encephalopathy, a reaction to toxic chemicals in the neurological system. She even spent time in a coma. Complicating matters, she also has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

Valley West Health Care Center helps former hospice patient get home

Ethel Zuleger with Carlo Castillo on the NuStep®

Valley West Health Care Center in Eugene, Oregon, recently celebrated the return home of a former hospice patient, Ethel Zuleger.

Uropathy, a neuromuscular dysfunction of the bladder, had taken its toll on Zuleger, and after abdominal surgery, she came to Valley West in need of skilled nursing care.

Valley West Health Care Center helps veteran regain mobility

Thomas Nunez with Ben Marean, physical therapist assistant

Thomas Nunez, a former member of the Air Force, was diagnosed in June 2014 with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that led to muscle weakness, pain and sensory problems, as well as paralysis of his legs.

Nunez became dependent on a wheelchair....