Lou has served his community all his life. After a decade as a police officer in Cuyahoga county, he became a business owner running his own security company. Now he is Chief of Security at a major auto plant in Northeast Ohio. In the last two years, he has beaten cardiac issues, cancer, and several strokes, with another occurring recently. Lou chose Summa Rehab Hospital for his rehab to help him get stronger and get back home. Recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on Lou and his wife, Karen, who rarely spend time away from each other. Statewide visitor restrictions have prevented Karen from physically being at Lou’s side. They just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary virtually. Throughout this experience, Karen said the staff at Summa Rehab Hospital have been essential as she relied on them to be her “eyes, ears and touch” to stay informed and involved in Lou’s rehab journey. Lou’s therapist, Derek, called regularly to let her know about Lou’s progress. “Dr. Ford was very kind to have spent 35 minutes on the phone with me answering all my questions and counseling me on the rehabilitation plan for Lou,” she noted. Karen said she is thankful for the good communication between herself and the staff caring for her husband. Lou is getting stronger every day and says the dayshift staff has helped tremendously − “everything they do is pointed towards my end goal of going back home to my family.” Lou will soon be discharged to recuperate at home so he can again volunteer on the Santa Team at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis, like he and his family do every year. Lou and Karen are thankful that they chose Summa Rehab Hospital to help Lou get better and get back home.

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