Elva German, 65, has been a resident of Longmont, Colorado for the last thirty years. Elva and her husband, Curt, have four children and six grandchildren. Retired, Elva remains active by paddleboarding, biking, and doing yoga.
Then, one day, Elva’s life turned upside-down when she began coughing up blood. She was admitted to a local acute care hospital and diagnosed with influenza and bacterial pneumonia. During her stay, Elva contracted sepsis and required the use of a ventilator to breathe.
With Elva facing a difficult recovery and an extended hospitalization, her family chose a transfer to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital in Johnstown. Elva’s son had previously been a patient at NCLTAH and received “wonderful care” during his stay.
The critical care hospital proved to be just what Elva needed to advance her recovery.
“Every one of the staff members has been so loving and caring to me,” Elva shared. “Both hospitalists have been great at listening to my needs and explaining everything. And the therapists have really helped me to work hard so I can get home.”
“Overall, it has been a great experience. Everyone has been here and spent time with me during this tough time in my life. So much prayer and encouragement have been given by the staff.”
As she prepared to discharge home, Elva was excited to get back to cooking, being in her own bed, and, most of all, taking care of her grandkids, which is her favorite thing to do!
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