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Slaughter released for next phase of recovery

by jmaloni
Fri, May 4th 2012 06:00 pm

Praises medical staff for world-class care and support

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was released Friday from the physical medicine and rehabilitation program at the University of Rochester Medical Center to begin the next phase of her recovery and rehabilitation from a broken leg she suffered in April.

Over the past few weeks, Slaughter has undergone intensive physical therapy to ensure her full recovery and return to normal physical activity. During that period, she maintained an aggressive work schedule, managed the affairs of her Washington, D.C., and Western New York offices, introduced legislation and secured federal grants and other funding for Western New York-based businesses and interests. Slaughter will continue her intensive physical therapy schedule in Rochester for a period before returning to Washington, D.C.

"I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their well wishes for my quick and complete recovery," she said. "The outpouring of support has been truly humbling and has been a major motivation for me to work as hard as necessary to get back on my feet. My service to the people of my district has continued during my rehabilitation. Over the course of the last week, I gave video remarks at a major manufacturing conference, introduced trade legislation to support local workers and secured nearly $500,000 in federal grants for Community Health Centers in Rochester.

"I also cannot say enough about the wonderful care that I have received from the medical professionals at Strong Memorial Hospital. These dedicated men and women - doctors, nurses, physical therapists, rehab specialists and support staff - have provided me with a level of care that is unmatched anywhere else in the nation. I am deeply grateful for their support and assistance and wish to thank them from the bottom of my heart. Thank goodness for the great staff at the rehabilitation center and my Blackberry - I couldn't have done my job well without both!

"Finally, I want to say that I have had a firsthand opportunity to experience the dedication, commitment and hard work of the nursing staff here at URMC. These talented professionals and others like them across the country, work tirelessly to provide exceptional care for patients and, often, to serve as important resources for their families. That's why I am pleased to co-sponsor a congressional resolution recognizing May 6 through 12 as National Nurses Week. The resolution acknowledges the role of nurses in patient advocacy, research and support of our nation's health care system."

Slaughter's physician said that her recovery is going as planned. Stephen I. Kates, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said, "Congresswoman Slaughter has been progressing well with her healing. She's following the normal expected course for someone with this kind of fracture. I expect she will make a full recovery and be able to not only serve our country, but campaign as she plans."

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