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Cottesmore of Life Care opens new rehab wing

Todd Fletcher, vice president of Western Operations for Life Care Centers of America, prepares to cut the ribbon.

On March 15, 2018, Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, hosted a ribbon-cutting for its new rehab wing.

Leaders from the community, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the facility and its parent company, Life Care Centers of America, were on hand for the special event, which included a reception with hors d’oeuvres...

Cottesmore of Life Care helps Filkins recover from fall and pneumonia

Lloyd Filkins

After Lloyd Filkins had a fall at home, he was sent to the emergency room with weakness and pneumonia.

It was Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, that helped him get back on his feet.

Filkins came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Feb. 23, 2018, for physical and occupational therapies....

Rehab at Cottesmore of Life Care gets car accident patient back home

Left to right: Lani Carbungco, physical therapist; Paul Scalzo; and Lisa Anderson, occupational therapist

Gig Harbor, Washington, resident Paul Scalzo is back home and independent again after a car accident caused him multiple fractures.

“I spent multiple weeks at Harbor View,” Scalzo shared. “I was feeling apprehensive about going to a rehab facility. I couldn’t get out of bed because I had a lot of pain and I had so much atrophy....”

Cottesmore of Life Care participates in Sound to Narrows event

Loriel Fanunal, director of rehab, left and Jodi Davis, community liaison, at the booth

On June 10, 2017, Cottesmore of Life Care and Harbor Place at Cottesmore, both in Gig Harbor, Washington, partnered to sponsor this year’s Sound to Narrows race in Tacoma, Washington.

Each year, runners from all over come to participate in one of several races – a 12K, a 5K and a 2K fun run – through breathtaking Northwest scenery on the peninsula across the Puget Sound from Gig Harbor....

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.