Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

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

  • 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 ...
  • Greg H.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Mike Day and his friend, Greg Hulbert, were busy setting up hunting camp in the mountains of eastern Oregon, looking forward to the arrival of the rest of their hunting party the next day. Mike’s eager anticipation, however, quickly disappeared when he felt intense pain and pressure building in his chest. Turning to Greg, he said, “I think you need to drive me to the hospital.” A harrowing 55-minute drive down the mountain trail brought Mike to Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. There, ... Mike Day and his friend, Greg Hulbert, were busy setting up hunting camp in the mountains of eastern Oregon, looking forward to the arrival of the ...
  • Lorie R.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    In some ways, Lorie Raymer’s husband had been training for this moment all his life. When Lorie, an ICU nurse who taught her family how to respond to medical emergencies, slumped in her chair and couldn’t speak, Clyde Raymer knew he needed to act swiftly. Within moments, he called for help. Lorie was seen initially at Providence Newberg Hospital, and when a CT scan confirmed a stroke, she was immediately transferred to OHSU. “Lights flashed, sirens yelped, and they were off,” wrote Clyde ... In some ways, Lorie Raymer’s husband had been training for this moment all his life. When Lorie, an ICU nurse who taught her family how to respond to ...
  • Judy M.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Judy Madson of Seaside, Oregon recalls the head cold she was determined to ignore while visiting Austria, one of many stops during the European vacation she and her husband Mike were enjoying last June. It worsened so rapidly, but it was just a cold; why was Mike asking the hotel staff to call an ambulance? Leaving the hotel is the last thing I remember for the next six weeks,” recalled Judy quietly. When Judy awoke from her coma, Mike, who had been at her bedside every day, told her that ... Judy Madson of Seaside, Oregon recalls the head cold she was determined to ignore while visiting Austria, one of many stops during the European ...
  • Jason J

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Jason Jakovac was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp, fish, and hike. At 40 years old, he was accustomed to good health and didn’t worry at first about the headaches and blurred vision he had been experiencing. His symptoms worsened, however, and Jason sought medical attention. Across the desk, the doctor told him the frightening words, “a tumor on your optic chiasm ” - - words which would come to define a turning point in Jason’s life. The optic chiasm is the place in the brain where ... Jason Jakovac was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp, fish, and hike. At 40 years old, he was accustomed to good health and didn’t worry at first ...
  • Glen J

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    On the "unlucky" day of Friday the 13th this past February, Glenn Jackson knew something was wrong. Never one to pass up a good meal, he skipped dinner and was having such a hard time breathing that he sought help at nearby Silverton Hospital. Hours later, Glenn suffered cardiac and respiratory failure and had to be transferred to the ICU at Salem Hospital. Thanks to the skilled nurses and doctors at Salem, Glenn's heart began to recover nicely. But by March, Glenn was still dependent on ... On the "unlucky" day of Friday the 13th this past February, Glenn Jackson knew something was wrong. Never one to pass up a good meal, he skipped ...
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