Patient Going Home

In November 2015, Regina Vega entered The Silvercrest Center to start her road to recovery, a journey that happily and remarkably ended with her home as a Silvercrest outpatient. This was extraordinary because in September of that year, Ms. Vega had been hospitalized with cardiac arrest. In the ICU her lungs had accumulated a dangerous amount of water and she was placed on a ventilator as a form of life support…

Special Device Lets Vent Patient Speak

Our inpatient Jessica, who is on a ventilator, could not make sounds. That is, until our speech pathologist switched out Jessica’s standard tracheotomy cannula (tube) with a special tube that allows speech. Jessica started off tolerating the new tube for 10 minutes and gradually increased her time with it to eight hours. This video shows Jessica’s delight with the gift of speech—and scent—that this innovation allows…