After a battle with COVID-19 had taken most of the life out of Nathaniel Logan, his family was left with few options. Logan’s condition had stabilized sufficiently for him to be discharged from the hospital, but he had been so weakened by the virus that no rehabilitation facility administrators near his Downingtown, Pa., home felt comfortable admitting him.
“My physical condition had deteriorated to the point where I couldn’t walk, I could hardly speak and I had extreme shortness of breath,” the 60-year-old Logan says. “No one thought I was in any position to participate in the rehabilitation process.”
Finding a rehab partner
That’s when Logan’s sister, Sabrina Logan, MD, Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), approached Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Cedar Crest about admitting him for rehabilitation. Referrals for inpatient rehabilitation can be made by hospitals, patients or their families. A team led by Beth Stepanczuk, MD, Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Cedar Crest and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Muhlenberg, reviews each case to see if the patient is appropriate for admission.
“Other facilities closer to Nathaniel’s home were recommending nursing homes, but we felt he may not get the necessary rehabilitation there,” Sabrina Logan says. “Dr. Stepanczuk felt LVHN would be a good option because it was in a hospital setting, and if we needed other hospital services, they would be readily available.”
“Sometimes extreme debility or symptoms from severe illnesses prevent someone from engaging in the required three hours of therapy per day,” Stepanczuk says. “So, it’s not surprising Nathaniel wasn’t admitted at some facilities in his condition. LVHN Inpatient Rehabilitation facilities have the experience and tools to manage some of the most complicated illnesses and conditions, paving the way for patients to make their best recovery.”
Nathaniel’s journey with COVID-19 began in July 2020 when his symptoms progressed rapidly and he found himself in a COVID unit at a hospital near his home.
“I remember being in an emergency room,” Logan says. “I really don’t remember much after that.”
He arrived at Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Cedar Crest in mid-September 2020 and embarked on a four-week program.