Jean B.

Jean B.

The last thing Jean remembered was sitting on her front porch one evening. She had been suffering from a pneumonia that had been plaguing her for some time. Jean kept thinking she had fought it off, but it would keep coming back. Unfortunately for Jean, she wouldn't remember anything for the next three weeks.

Jean admitted to Saint Alphonsus Nampa hospital where she was placed on a ventilator and received a trach. Doctors told her husband, Ken, he needed to tour specialty acute care hospitals in the area. That would be the next step in Jean's recovery process.

Ken did as the doctors instructed. When he walked through Vibra Hospital of Boise's doors, he knew immediately it was the right place. Ken recalled the receptionist welcoming him with a warm greeting. The hospital's security measures impressed him, too. A former medical administrator, Ken expected no less.

Ken remembered that staff was very caring and showed a lot of love toward he and Jean during her stay. The ICU, he noted, was state of the art and, “even better than some of the traditional hospitals.” He went on to say that Vibra has the right values and knows what it takes to run a successful ICU.

“Hell of a fine institution,” Ken stated.

At Vibra, Jean was liberated from the ventilator and decannulated in only three weeks. She had significant critical myopathy which was gradually improving at discharge.

Ken and Jean continue to visit us at Vibra and thank the staff with wonderful treats. Jean always walks in with a big smile on her face and provides plenty of hugs to the staff. She hopes to return to her job as a bus driver for special needs children. Jean and Ken decided after retirement they wanted to give back to the community. Working with disadvantaged children was a rewarding way to enjoy their retirement together.