Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

Read some of our patients’ stories of their experience with our team.

  • Matt J.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    “Positivity has given me everything. Negativity has given me nothing.” Matt Jester If you knew Matt Jester before 2016, you would recognize him as a business owner, a husband, and father skilled in martial arts, and a man who could bench press an impressive amount! That description disappeared when Matt’s pancreas split, spilling poison into his system and leaving him in critical condition. During his eight months at Legacy Hospital, Matt suffered two strokes, flat-lining twice. Recovery ... “Positivity has given me everything. Negativity has given me nothing.” Matt Jester If you knew Matt Jester before 2016, you would recognize him as a ...
  • Randy T.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    “Life was really good.” That's how Randy Taylor remembers life before his hospitalization. Randy arrived at Sky Lakes Medical Center experiencing acute weakness and flu-like symptoms. Doctors diagnosed him with sepsis and acute encephalopathy due to bacteremia, acute respiratory failure with ARDS, and critical illness polyneuropathy. Randy and his wife, Terri, have always had an agreement. If one says "you need to go to the hospital," the other simply says "okay." "That day, Terri told me ... “Life was really good.” That's how Randy Taylor remembers life before his hospitalization. Randy arrived at Sky Lakes Medical Center experiencing ...
  • Karina R.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    When Karina Reynosa went out for a run on one fateful June day, she never expected her life would change. But during that run, a drunk driver struck the 25-year-old. The accident was devastating. Karina suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and broken bones in her face, neck, arms, legs, and pelvis. The fractures caused internal bleeding. Karina's injuries threatened her life. She required several surgeries and multiple blood transfusions to keep her alive. Once Karina made it through ... When Karina Reynosa went out for a run on one fateful June day, she never expected her life would change. But during that run, a drunk driver struck ...
  • Thelma S.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Thelma Stilwell is a woman who knows how to beat the odds. Thelma's remarkable story began with what she thought was simply an asthma attack. But after arriving at Three Rivers Medical Center, she found out otherwise. Doctors diagnosed Thelma with pneumonia and started her on antibiotics. Then, Thelma had an anaphylactic reaction to the antibiotic. Thelma's reaction was so severe, she required intubation. For a higher level of care, she was transferred to Asante Rogue Regional Medical ... Thelma Stilwell is a woman who knows how to beat the odds. Thelma's remarkable story began with what she thought was simply an asthma attack. But ...
  • Michael M.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Before the accident, Michael Middleton worked four days per week as a delivery driver. "On my days off, I really enjoyed spending my time outdoors," Michael said. "Anything outdoors. Sports, swimming, etcetera." Michael was completely independent, living his life as a "single bachelor." But then Michael was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident when his truck ran off the road. He suffered serious injuries, including complex fractures to his skull, face, and orbital bone, a left ... Before the accident, Michael Middleton worked four days per week as a delivery driver. "On my days off, I really enjoyed spending my time outdoors," ...
  • Richard N.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    On January 7th, Richard Nystrom underwent open heart surgery at Yakima Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered post-operative complications that effected his heart, kidneys, lungs, and digestive system. In the weeks that followed, Richard’s condition spiraled downward. Perilously ill with multi-system failure, Richard was transferred to Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland due to Vibra’s well-earned reputation for treating complex medical problems. When he arrived at Vibra, ... On January 7th, Richard Nystrom underwent open heart surgery at Yakima Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered post-operative ...
  • Scott C.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    After lying in bed for weeks, fighting what he thought was a worsening flu bug, 34 year-old Scott Cossey could barely move. On the day he fell to the floor and lost consciousness, his girlfriend, Christina, called 911. Doctors at Adventist Medical Center quickly realized that Scott was close to death. He had a life-threatening infection attacking the tricuspid valve in his heart that, when damaged, triggers a series of pathological conditions; among them, fluid backs up into the lungs, ... After lying in bed for weeks, fighting what he thought was a worsening flu bug, 34 year-old Scott Cossey could barely move. On the day he fell to the ...
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