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Local man plays piano again thanks to rehab at Cottesmore of Life Care

Patient Richard Hermstad with Tamara Burt, occupational therapist

Richard Hermstad enjoys staying busy.

A licensed minister, Hermstad offers counsel to families in crisis and loves to provide the gift of music through his skilled piano playing.

Unfortunately, all of that came to a halt on Hermstad’s 75th birthday when he suffered from a stroke and a traumatic brain injury while playing racquetball.

Dr. Eidal named on-site physician at Cottesmore of Life Care

Dr. Chris Eidal

Chris Eidal, M.D., recently started as the on-site physician at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington.

In his new role, Eidal enhances physician accessibility to patients and families. He aids in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site allows him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.

Cottesmore of Life Care hosts Valentine’s meal for residents, spouses

The spaghetti with meatballs

On Feb. 12, 2016, the activities and dietary departments at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, collaborated in putting together a special Valentine’s dinner for residents with spouses.

The first 12 couples to RSVP were guaranteed a spot.

Cottesmore of Life Care rehab helps woman recover from auto accident

Brenda Dunwoody stands next to the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, one of the tools in her rehabilitation.

Brenda Dunwoody came to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, on Nov. 6, 2015, in need of complete assistance.

Dunwoody had been a pedestrian hit by a car. The accident left her with multiple pelvic, spinal and cervical fractures and shoulder dislocation. After being cared for in the hospital, she needed extensive rehabilitation in order to be ready to return home to her husband, who was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McCord.

Cottesmore nurse wins Life Care’s divisional President’s Award

Kathy Walner, a licensed practical nurse at Cottesmore of Life Care

On Aug. 24, 2015, Life Care Centers of America honored Kathy Walner, a licensed practical nurse at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, with one of two President’s Awards for its Northwest Division.

The honor, given during Life Care’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, recognizes distinguished service in a long-term health care management role.

Shannon Ryan named Director of Nursing of the Year

Shannon Ryan, director of nursing

Shannon Ryan, director of nursing at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, was named Life Care Centers of America’s Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year on April 20, 2015. 

The award is given to the director of nursing who demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.

Cottesmore takes group to sing at Parkinson’s conference

On Nov. 1, the Cottesmore Exercise Group for people with Parkinson’s disease gathered in the Cottesmore of Life Care rehab gym at 8 a.m. to board the Harbor Place at Cottesmore bus.

Cottesmore of Life Care hosts CarFit event

Senior drivers in Gig Harbor, Washington, arrived in full force on the Cottesmore of Life Care campus for a CarFit event on Oct. 14.

Twenty-one drivers participated in CarFit to see how well they “fit” in their cars.