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Soldier Honored During President Obama's State of the Union Address Fought Hard to Recover at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Southern California


February 6, 2014 - Pomona, CA

As our country watched President Obama's State of the Union address last week in which we collectively honored Army Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg for his tremendous personal sacrifice, no one was prouder than the staff at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, CA. For 16 months, the Casa Colina team led Cory on his journey to reclaim his life following the traumatic brain injury (TBI) he suffered in Afghanistan when his squad was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

"While the nation watched in awe of Cory's service to our country and sheer determination to not only survive but to thrive, we know that he is just one of hundreds of patients we serve every year with traumatic brain injuries, soldiers and civilians alike," said Felice Loverso, PhD, president and CEO at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, a sought-after destination for traumatic brain injury patients from all over the United States. "As was the case with Cory, we provide all of our patients with the opportunity to maximize their medical recovery and rehabilitation potential efficiently in an environment that recognizes their uniqueness, dignity and self-esteem."

"We consider the team of professionals at Casa Colina to be part of our family now," said Cory's father, Craig Remsburg of Gilbert, AZ, a retired military veteran himself. "The 16 months that Cory spent at Casa Colina was a difficult time for our family, especially since I was traveling back and forth to Arizona and could not be with him every day. I knew my son was struggling, but I also knew that his care was the best in the nation when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. Progress was slow but steady. The staff saw Cory as a unique individual, not just another TBI patient. They gave him his dignity back, and helped him learn to not only accept, but embrace, his 'new normal.' We are beyond grateful."

Cory's injury was sustained on his tenth deployment to Afghanistan. The IED blast launched his body into a nearby canal, where he was found underwater minutes later by his fellow Rangers and transported to a trauma hospital. His condition was so grave that the NATO surgical team didn't think he would survive. He was alive but in a coma, suffering at traumatic brain injury, an eye injury, two collapsed lungs, left arm paralysis, burns and damaged vocal chords. He was transported to a military hospital in Germany, then to two veterans' hospitals in the US. Three and half months later, Cory came out of his coma and was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After 15 months, he was ready for another type of rigorous training -- residential rehabilitation at the Casa Colina Transitional Living Center.

Casa Colina is unmatched in the Western United States for its post-acute continuum of care for people with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple trauma, and more. The 20-acre medical and rehabilitation campus serves all stages of the continuum, from a state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital for inpatient care, to a Transitional Living Center for short-term residential rehabilitation and day treatment, to a wide range of specialized outpatient services. For those individuals with TBI who need long-term care, Casa Colina also owns and operates two long-term residential care facilities in Southern California.

In addition to Cory's story, examples of other patient stories include:

  • Husband and wife attorneys living in Los Angeles; husband has a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident.
  • A young man who has a snowboarding accident and suffered a TBI; now he's married, works for the Pomona Police Department, and has two children.
  • A construction superintendent who was overseeing a freeway renovation crew when he was struck by a semi-truck, resulting in a traumatic brain injury along with multiple fractures and other injuries.

About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation

Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation was founded in 1936 in Chino, CA under the leadership of Frances Eleanor "Mother" Smith and other community leaders and physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In the early 1950s when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in nearby Pomona, CA. In 1959, the new hospital was completed and Casa Colina expanded its medical and physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to build a continuum of care unmatched in the Western United States. This includes a state-of-the-art acute rehabilitation hospital, outpatient center, post-acute residential rehabilitation center, children's services, adult day health care, specialized physician's clinics, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery center, outdoor recreation program, and other highly specialized services. The new Casa Colina Medical Office Building opened on the campus in June 2013, and construction of a 31-bed medical surgical hospital addition is currently underway. For more information, please visit www.casacolina.org.

** For an interview with Casa Colina's President and CEO Felice Loverso, Ph.D., or physician Dr. Rick Adams, or Cory's father, please contact Stacey Doss, SDDPR, stacey@sddpr.com, 949-285-2362; or Stephanie Bradhurst, Casa Colina, sbradhurst@casacolina.org, 909-450-0127.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Stacey Doss
SDDPR
Email Contact
949-285-2362

Stephanie Bradhurst
Casa Colina
Email Contact
909-450-0127

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