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Richard’s Story: Taking the Fall Seriously

Richard Holden, 82, knew where the door to his bedroom was and he knew to avoid the staircase two feet away. But late one night, he took an ill-fated step. “Instead of turning into the bedroom, I took a step into the darkness,” Richard says. “I fell down the staircase, 19 steps all the way down to the bottom.”

After experiencing a serious fall in his home, Richard Holden received care from the West Chester Hospital trauma team. Today, he’s back to taking walks with his wife, Brenda.

After experiencing a serious fall in his home, Richard Holden received care from the West Chester Hospital trauma team. Today, he’s back to taking walks with his wife, Brenda.

Richard’s wife, Brenda, called for an ambulance. By the time it arrived Richard’s head was bleeding profusely. He also experienced a thigh contusion, five fractured ribs and a fractured thoracic vertebra.

The ambulance transported him to West Chester Hospital. “Within three minutes he was in the ER with five people working on him, setting up an IV and an EKG, taking vital signs, placing him on monitoring equipment and performing a CT scan of his brain,” says Brenda.

“The doctors examined me thoroughly to ensure that I was okay,” says Richard. Those “doctors” are the specialists of the West Chester Hospital trauma team, which Richard describes as “absolutely superior and thorough.”

West Chester Hospital was recently verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as a Level III Trauma Center, a significant accomplishment that demonstrates its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care to the northern Cincinnati community. All patients receive the full spectrum of care at the hospital, based on the level of injury. When a patient’s injuries are severe enough to warrant a higher level of care, West Chester Hospital partners with its sister institution, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the region’s only Level I trauma center.

“It is unique to have a Level III center partnered with a Level I center in the same system and staffed by the same personnel,” explains Jay Johannigman, MD, chief of the UC Health division of trauma and critical care surgery and professor of surgery for the UC College of Medicine. “It’s a distinct advantage.”

Once stabilized, Richard was admitted as a patient at West Chester Hospital. “The trauma program is a gatekeeper to other physician specialists onsite,” explains Jeni Brodsky, RN, manager of the West Chester Hospital trauma program, which organizes and channels expertise where and when it’s needed. “We manage all aspects of a trauma patient’s care.”

West Chester Hospital’s trauma program excels in minimizing the duration of patients’ hospital stays. “Our goal is to immediately start thinking about recovery and discharge,” says Brodsky. “We monitor length of stay very closely and benchmark ourselves in order to help people get well and return to their normal lifestyle.”

Richard was discharged from the hospital in just six days. In April, after a few months of physical therapy, he played golf for the first time since his fall. “I told my wife I was only going to play nine holes, but things were going so well …” Richard flashes a smile at his wife and she returns it, albeit reluctantly. “I decided to play 18 and I scored a 91.”

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