Emory Rehab Hospital: Keep getting better...

Samuel Hilton
In working with patients like Yi, physiatrist Samuel Milton collaborates wth an extensive team of rehabilitation therapists.

 

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Charity care in Emory Healthcare
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When Yong Sun Yi closed her beauty supply store and moved in with her daughter’s family, it was win-win for everyone, especially the grandkids.

But soon, Yi developed a bad headache. She had right-sided weakness, vomited after eating, and tripped sometimes, but that was no reason, she argued stubbornly, to bother a doctor.

When her mother’s speech slowed, daughter Marsha Marie ignored these objections. In the emergency department at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, a CT scan showed a brainstem lesion and swelling. After Yi had spent a week on continuous antibiotics, a second CT scan showed that the mass had doubled, and she was transferred to Emory University Hospital Midtown for emergency brain surgery.

A month later, Yi was well enough to transfer to Emory Rehabilitation Hospital. She spent a month in rehab, a month at home receiving home health care, and a month back at Emory Midtown after an allergic reaction to her antibiotics. Stabilized again, she spent another month at Emory Rehab and two months more in the hospital’s day rehab program.

At home, Marie and her husband were living a different saga. How would they pay for all this care? Her mother had no insurance, and Marie had given up her own job when her mother became ill. Marie had applied for emergency Medicaid on her mom’s behalf—but the 63-year-old’s Social Security suddenly increased enough to cross the $741 monthly income limit to make her ineligible to receive Medicaid.

Social worker Dorothy Reed at Emory Rehab has been helping Yi apply for a different form of Medicaid. In the meantime, Yi’s care has been deemed charity care, and even her walker, antibiotics, and home health care were provided at no cost to Yi.

Yi now makes her own lunch, plays with the kids, and reads her Bible. Yi loved her care team at Emory Rehab, and she laughs when her six-year-old granddaughter copies their stern voices telling her to stand up straight and to keep getting better. It took six months of intensive medical care and rehab, says Marie, but my mom now has her life back. 

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