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‘The singing patient’ hopes her voice will inspire others
In the News, Patient Stories
December 22, 2021

After a July car crash broke roughly 22 bones in her body, Madison “Madi” Dodson came to Madonna determined to return to her life on the stage. During her recovery, the 23-year-old theater graduate visited our on-site chapel to practice singing Christmas carols. Her beautiful performance of “Silent Night” is sure to give you all the holiday feels! 

Lawyer ready to give back after spinal cord injury
In the News, Patient Stories
December 14, 2021

An aspiring lawyer, Shantel Thompson’s dreams of helping her community were put on hold after the unthinkable happened. She was shot and suffered a spinal cord injury. Shantel recovered at Madonna, fueled by her strong faith as she healed. She also shifted her focus to regaining strength and reclaiming her independence. “I don’t want that one moment to define me for the rest of my life,” Shantel said. “I still want to go on and become a great lawyer, have my own family one day, and help the people of my community.”

How to reduce pressure injuries as the pandemic continues
December 02, 2021

Given the health care challenges of the last two years, the incidence of pressure injuries or pressure ulcers has been steadily increasing across hospital systems nationwide. However, Diane Ulmer, the Spinal Cord Injury Program manager at Madonna, believes that with teamwork, technology and the proper equipment, all health care professionals can reduce the occurrence of pressure injuries and improve patient care outcomes. Read on to learn her recommendations and prevention strategies.

Librarian regains strength at Madonna after COVID-19 and GBS
In the News, Patient Stories
November 04, 2021

Elizabeth Thornton survived COVID-19 only to discover she had a severe case of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack itself. After months in the hospital, Elizabeth came to Madonna unable to walk or talk. Little by little, Elizabeth regained her strength and stability with the help of her care team, and she found joy in small victories, like doing aquatic therapy in our fitness pool.