At 37 years old, Bill had a stroke. After 30 days in the ICU, he came to Burke. "When I first arrived at Burke, the impression I got was absolute amazement. Everyone was attentive, personable, and professional," Bill said.
Meet Sandra who suffered a devastating brain injury. After two brain surgeries and 28 days in a coma, Sandra came to Burke. "Today, as I sit here talking to you, I can do a lot of what I previously did...I do think this place for that," Sandra said.
Meet Tony. Complications during a surgical procedure left him a paraplegic. He came to Burke looking for intensive rehabilitation. "The staff is top notch. They put me where I wanted to be which was to be able to walk," Tony said.
Meet Arthur and his wife Betty. Arthur experienced a blood clot in his leg that required surgery. After his operation and lengthy stay in the hospital, he came to Burke for intensive rehabilitation. "The experience has been wonderful," Arthur said.
Brian has a spinal cord condition that caused paralysis and excruciating pain. The doctors at Burke believed he could get better and encouraged him during his recovery. They made him work during his three-hour daily therapy sessions, but they also made him walk. He left Burke being able to not only walk, but to jump and run.
After hitting his head in an auto accident, Michael suffered a TBI - a kind of stroke and was in a coma for several days. Upon waking, he couldn’t walk, talk, eat or breathe normally. Burke therapists showed him nothing was impossible and at the end of treatment, he walked out of the hospital without a cane and was able to talk, eat and breathe without assistance.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital enabled a dad who suffered a brain injury to once again play baseball with his son. The hospital’s world-renowned physicians and therapists also helped a woman with spinal cord damage to walk again. At her graduation, she was able to walk proudly and receive her diploma.
The 2022 Burke Award Dinner honored Jeffrey Menkes. Mr. Menkes served as Burke’s President and CEO for more than five years, and has been a leader in the healthcare industry over the past five decades.