When Quincy attorney Talmadge “Tad” Brenner began his day on June 11, 2016, he didn’t realize his life would flash in front of his eyes in a matter of hours.
Brenner was enjoying a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride on his 1952 Vincent.
“The coolest bike made in the ’50’s,” Brenner said.
He was finishing his ride, getting ready to pull into his driveway when he was rear-ended by a semitrailer. Within minutes an ambulance arrived. He had many traumatic injuries — so severe he was transported by helicopter to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Both shoulders were broken, and he had sustained a crushed pelvis, nine broken ribs, broken heel, bleeding kidney and spleen, four broken vertebrae and a collapsed lung. Rehabilitation would be essential in order for him to fully recover.
His stay at Barnes lasted 12 days.
“I remember thinking, ‘Where do I go from here? I know I need rehabilitation.’ ”
While at Barnes, he was visited twice by a representative of Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab services.
“They offered to take care of me, and they wanted to take care of me,” Brenner explained. He knew he would need physical therapy and rehab for his severe pelvic injury.
The Inpatient Rehabilitation staff at Hannibal Regional provides innovative treatment approaches to assist patients in returning to a normal lifestyle. The comprehensive team provides individualized and goal-oriented treatment programs specifically for older adults. The patient is treated physically, emotionally and socially. The goal is to return patients to their optimum level of function and open the door to better quality of life.
Brenner made his decision to receive care at Hannibal Regional.
“I felt very comfortable making my commitment to use the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab facility. On several different occasions I had heard through word of mouth what a great facility it was, and that is what influenced me to make the right choice. I knew this would be a critical phase to my recovery, and I was confident in what I was about to embark on,” Brenner said.
An ambulance transported him from St. Louis to Hannibal.
“I felt very welcomed from the beginning. Everyone who I came in contact with knew me and my case very well,” he said.
Brenner received several hours of physical and occupational therapy daily. During his 10 days as a patient at Hannibal Regional, he practiced walking up and down stairs, learned to use a walker, worked on flexibility and endured strengthening exercises.
“The physicians, nurses and therapists I worked with daily were skilled, personable and compassionate. The patient-to-staff ratio was extremely good. This was a critical phase in my recovery, and they went out of their way in every aspect. The quality of care was astronomical,” Brenner said.
“I now take a spin class and do Pilates. Recovery is a real process. The staff were always working for me and with me. I can’t imagine better anywhere else than at the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab,” he added.
Hannibal Regional serves residents of the Tri-State area from more than 10 locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Hannibal Regional Hospital is a 99-bed, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services. Hannibal Regional is recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention care and was also honored with the Healthgrades 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence Award, placing Hannibal Regional among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional is the only hospital in Missouri to receive both achievements two years in a row, 2016 and 2017. In addition, Hannibal Regional is recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, putting it in the top 15 percent in the nation for this category. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multispecialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in Northeast Missouri. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit hannibalregional.org.