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James O’Neel spent the day snowboarding with friends at a ski resort in the Pacific Northwest. It was that day, a year ago, that James’ life was changed.“I was going through the air, and my board started rotating over my head,” James said. “I landed right on my neck and shattered my C4, fractured m...
Journal Of Business
   Physical therapist Jaime Hopoi watches St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute patient Grayson Esser talk via webcam in St. Luke's new assistive technology lab with teacher Jay Derting, in Genesee, Idaho.—Staff photo by Treva Lind   Video-conferencing technology in a new lab at St. Luke's Rehabilit...
KXLY
A swift swing and the satisfying thunk as a golf club hits the ball is something that lovers of the game struggle to find following a stroke. On Thursday morning, stroke survivors worked with a PGA Golf Pro at The Highlands Golf Course to adjust their swing and get back on he course.According to th...
KXLY
This summer, a little boy from Spokane made the phone call we hope our children never had to make. It was the call that saved his dad's life. Now, the KXLY4 Extreme Team is working to help that father, Robert Paget, in the next step of his recovery from a massive stroke.You may remember five-year o...
Spokane Journal of Business
Spokane resident Peggy Clymore, 70, stays active with her grandson and hobbies such as backyard gardening, though she says having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can slow her down.While Clymore relies on medical inhalers and using oxygen at night, she says completing a recent pulmonary rehabi...
KHQ News
SPOKANE, Wash. - On March 27th of last year something happened to John Elsbury that no one could have ever planned. He was driving down the highway after a long day of work when he pulled off the highway to the side of the road and was soon rear ended by a semi truck. Elsbury woke up a week later a...
KHQ Invest Northwest
 Invest Northwest reporter Sean Owsley sits down with St. Luke's Rehabiliation Services Manager, Chris Clutter, to discuss specifics of what St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute does in the greater Spokane community....
Spokane Journal of Business
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute has launched a $7.7 million energy-services and utility-upgrade project that's expected to reduce energy consumption at its main campus by almost 40 percent, says Randy Sharshan, director of facilities and safety for St. Luke's.Projections suggest the 18-month pr...
Spokane Journal of Business
Paul Swanson, a patient at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, and his physical therapist talk through each step of the process it takes to transfer from a wheelchair to the passenger seat of the nearby car. Ten feet away sits part of an airplane hull built for practicing a similar transfer, Swans...
KXLY.com
SPOKANE, Wash. - - The Paralympic summer games begin in London at the end of August. Seven athletes from Team St. Lukes had hopes of making the US team trials. In this weeks Hometown Olympic Dreams, we meet the entire group - the largest from any adaptive sports program in the nation.Several times ...
Tri-City Herald
BENTON CITY — Chelsea McClammer’s self-styled uniform for her first trip to compete in wheelchair track was dark.She wore a hood, dark black makeup, chains, earrings and bracelets.She barely said a word to anyone and wouldn’t eat in front of others.“We like to joke about how Chelsea came to us as a...
KHQ TV
As part of the KHQMD series, Shelly Monahan is onsite at St. Luke's to look at the region's only Lokomat therapy machine and how it is making a difference in patients' recoveries. ...
KREM.com
An Inland Northwest man is remaining positive and inspiring others after a freak accident left him unable to move.In July of 2009, Tom Stewart was helping his son get prepared for boating season when the accident happened.  A rope attached to a boat and a dock snapped and hit him on the top of the ...
KXLY TV
Becoming newly disabled from an accident or a stroke and then going through rehabilitation can be extremely challenging, but St. Luke's Community is making it a little easier. ...
Spokane Journal of Business
Spokane-based St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute has moved its Spokane Valley outpatient physical therapy clinic and says it's expanding the clinic to serve injured workers.The clinic has leased 2,400 square feet of floor space in a single-story retail building at 9119 E. Broadway, which also is o...
Spokane Journal of Business
A rigorous work-readiness evaluation, such as a state-approved test conducted regularly here by St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, aims to determine when and under what conditions an injured worker is capable of returning to the job.The goal of the evaluation, called a physical-capacity exam (PCE...
The Spokesman-Review
Greg Isensee has had some tough luck.There was the time he was mistaken for a turkey and shot from 42 feet away. There still are enough steel pellets embedded in him to set off a metal detector.Another time he survived an explosion in his mechanic’s shop that knocked him across the floor, broke his...
KXLY.com
Austan Pierce wrote an essay detailing the struggles he and his family have been through since he found out he had cancer in 2003. KXLY4 sports reporter Ben Kaplan and photojournalist Mike Fessler are helping him tell the story of his amazing journey.You can read the entire article here...
The Spokesman-Review
Faced with yet another back surgery, John Fisher remembers slumping in his chair, dispirited. “I guess I knew that’s what it would come to,” the Spokane man said. “And I knew that, eventually, my pain would return.” It was the kind of hurt that dropped him to his knees. Made him scream.And then he ...
The Spokesman-Review
Seven area high schools, including Mead and Ferris from the Greater Spokane League, won nine spring academic state championships, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced.Mead won the academic title in 4A boys tennis with a 3.832 grade-point average while Ferris was the 4A gi...
The Spokesman-Review
Seven Central Valley students recently competed in DECA's International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ky.Joe Britt and James Notrica competed in the Chapter Awards Project, a presentation of Central Valley DECA's Program of Work for the past year.Joesph Guerrinha and Michael Barnhart...
The Spokesman-Review
For those wondering what health care cost containment might look like, check out the $15.7 million federal grant that was awarded to Inland Northwest Health Services. Only 15 communities across the country have landed these coveted grants by demonstrating trailblazing work in information technology...
The Spokesman-Review
The day after a stroke paralyzed the left side of Donald McKenzie’s body, his thoughts were of his daughter as one of the most important days of her life approached.How could he give Heather away on the day of her marriage if he couldn’t walk more than a step or two?“It is important to her and impo...
The Spokesman-Review
Michelle Kazuba, 15, who competes with the Spokane Area Swimming Team, had four top-seven finishes, including a second, in the Can/Am Disabled Swimming Championships last weekend in San Antonio.Kazuba, who competes in the S6 classification, was second in the 200 backstroke against the best disabled...
Spokane Journal of Business
Valerie Wang has been a physical therapist for 36 years, but says she didn't recognize the need for specialized therapy for post-operative breast cancer patients until last year, after she had become a patient.Now, she's using what she's learned through personal experience and follow-up research to...
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living
American life is fast-paced, busy and productive. But in that rush and stress, it’s easy to lose touch with what’s going on in our bodies and how they are reacting to the hustle and bustle of daily living. Anyone who’s come home with a tension headache has experienced this disconnect. The headache ...
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living
A cough, a sneeze, a blown out knee. A heart palpitation, macular degeneration, a deep laceration. Infections, disease and clogged arteries. A headache, a foggy haze and a general malaise. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to the ills we suffer. Finding a doctor to help you get better shouldn't...
The Spokesman-Review
Fourteen-year-old Michelle Kazuba throws the javelin for East Valley Middle School at a track meet on May 14. With her dark hair swept back into a ponytail, 14-year-old Michelle Kazuba warmed up with the East Valley Middle School track team on May 20. At 4 feet tall, Kazuba is the smallest teen on ...
Spokane Coeur d' Alene Living
“I want Batman this year!”“Mom, can I have the pink one with Hannah Montana?”At stores throughout the Inland Northwest, moms and dads are hearing these pleas – including myself as the parent of a kindergartener this year. As we enter another school year, students are shopping for new school supplie...
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living
After suffering a stroke last fall, Carol Wendle could no longer move the right side of her body.She lost the ability to walk or write. She couldn’t dress herself. In order to eat, she needed someone to feed her. Wendle, in her mid 60s and a retired school teacher who walked every day and led an ac...
The Journal of Business
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute says it has hired two additional staff physicians, essentially creating an in-house physician’s group at the 102-bed facility. Until recently, only two physicians on the institute’s medical staff were employees of St. Luke’s – Dr. Stefan Humphries, medical direct...
The Spokesman Review
Team St. Luke's, a sports team created by St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute for children with physical disabilities, traveled to Piscataway, N.J., to compete July 19-27 in the National Junior Disability Championships at Rutgers University. The team sent 15 athletes who brought home 134 medals and...
Washington Rural Health Association Newsletter
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, dedicated to inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation, announced that they have two new physicians on the physician team. Dr. Mark S. Gordon, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota, interned in psychiatry at the Eisenhower Arm...
Washington Rural Health Association Newsletter
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute’s main clinic is undergoing renovation as a part of a $1.2 million improvement project. Along with the improvements at the main clinic, St. Luke’s north outpatient clinic has moved to 9631 Nevada St. at the far north end of Spokane, closer to rural patients. For ...
The Spokesman Review
Wearing black gloves that look like a smaller version of boxing gloves, Chelsea McClammer punched at the hand rim on her wheelchair Monday.Making her way down the track at Hart Field on Spokane's South Hill, the teen looked as if she were swimming, her arms forming a butterfly behind her. She seeme...
Washington Rural Health Association Newsletter
At the age of 64, Larry Miller has been through cardiac rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute twice. Not because it didn’t work – but because it worked so well.In January of 2007, Larry Miller started having episodes and went to see his family physician. “In my gut, I knew I would n...
The Journal of Business
The Center of Occupational Health & Education at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute here says a recent study shows its efforts have reduced the cost and duration of workers’ compensation claims considerably since it began operations five years ago.COHE, a pilot project funded by the Washington sta...
The Spokesman Review
For many Bloomies, slogging up the course's legendary hills becomes a feat of endurance.Try completing Bloomsday with muscles that don't always perform.That was the challenge last year for 18-year-old Chattaroy resident David Watts, who a race official says may have been the first wheelchair athlet...
The Journal of Business
In a little more than a decade, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute has improved its fiscal condition from critical to stable and improving, says Gary Smith, the Spokane rehab hospital’s chief operating officer. Along the way, St. Luke’s has become the largest free-standing hospital in the Northwes...
Red Line Editorial
Three years ago, Chelsea McClammer approached the starting line for her first race of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games when, suddenly, her coach began to panic.Teresa Skinner thought she had prepared her 14-year-old dynamo for every conceivable thing that could happen in an 800-meter race at the P...
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