Unbreakable: Joe’s Road Back – Feature in Boston Globe

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” – Alain de Botton

Be sure to read the inspiring story about Joe Sharron featured in the Boston News Globe as he continues to push forward on his remarkable road to recovery, at our facility The Brentwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center located in Danvers, MA.

To read the feature in its entirety click here.

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#StrokeFactFriday 5 DYK’s (Did You Know) about Stroke?


Did you know there are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.
Fact provided by Nancy Escalada, Administrator at The Brentwood


Did you know that Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States?
Fact provided by Nancy Escalada, Administrator at The Brentwood


Did you know Temporary stroke symptoms are called Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA)? They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.
Fact provided by Chad Hynes, DNS


Did you know High Blood Pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most significant controllable risk factor for stroke. Many scientists attribute our current decline in stroke-related deaths to the successful treatment of high blood pressure.
Fact Provided by Leah Kirkpatrick, Director of Admissions


Did you know recent studies confirm that cigarette smoking is another crucial risk factor for stroke. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system and pave the way for a stroke to occur. Additionally, the use of birth control pills combined with cigarette smoking can greatly increase the risk of stroke.
Fact Provided by: Matt Rollins, Care Navigator

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Brentwood Recognized for Participation in Coverdell Post Acute Stroke Quality Improvement Collaborative


On June 7, 2017 The Brentwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center was presented with a certificate that recognized us for our participation in the Coverdell Post Acute Stroke Quality Improvement Collaborative. The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program aims to create a culture that provides synergy amongst healthcare professionals – across the system of care in order to improve stroke care and save lives.

To learn more about the history of the Coverdell Program, click here.

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100 Years Young Celebration


Family, friends, fellow residents, and staff of the Brentwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Danvers gathered together recently to celebrate Evelyn Helinski’s 100th birthday. Evelyn was born in Salem, MA on April 21, 1917, and spent her first 95 years residing there.

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Brentwood Enhances Stroke Recovery Program

Virtual Reality Stroke Recovery Rehabilitation System

The Brentwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Danvers announced the installation of two innovative rehabilitation systems to enhance the facility’s stroke recovery services.

One is a “virtual reality” rehabilitation system specially designed for seniors with physical limitations, and the other is a harness system designed to assist patients with weight-bearing activities at an earlier stage in their recovery. These clinically advanced technologies are both designed to shorten the rehabilitation process and enable a speedier return to the community for individuals who have experienced a stroke.

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Heart/Stroke Association: Most Stroke Patients Should Go To inpatient Rehab Facilities

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May 9, 2016. May is Stroke Awareness Month and, like every year at this time, the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association has released a new set of guidelines. What’s unprecedented about this year’s guidelines, the eighth set, is that they are the first recommendations specifically focused on rehabilitation.

Carolee J. Winstein, Ph.D., P.T., lead author of the guidelines, urges stroke patients to receive treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, unless they have a condition requiring skilled nursing care.

“If the hospital suggests sending your loved one to a skilled nursing facility after a stroke’ indicates Winstein, “advocate for them to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility instead — unless there is a good reason not to such as being medically unable to participate in rehab.”

Weinstein’s team found “considerable evidence” that stroke patients benefit from a rehab-focused team approach in the early period after a stroke, and Dr. Theodore Gavrilescu, Director of the Stroke Recovery Program at The Brentwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Danvers, Massachusetts, has the everyday experience to substantiates that evidence:

“Patients attaining an optimal level of recovery from stroke is the focus of our Program – and nothing beats having a multidisciplinary team of stroke specialists, all under one roof” indicates Gavrilescu. “From mobility training to relearn tasks such as climbing stairs, and our individually tailored exercise programs, to speech therapy, balance training, and eye exercises, our Rehabilitation team closely collaborates with the entire staff to provide an enriched environment tailored to each patient that supports their recovery through music, books, and even virtual reality games”, all coalescing to   increase patient engagement and ultimately boost their recovery.

Indeed, the likelihood of patient recovery increases when you have a team of experts that includes neurologists, physiatrists, and internal medicine physicians supporting customized rehabilitation through on-site consultative visits.

Beyond the focus throughout the month of May on educating people about risk factors and prevention, it is encouraging to know that the faster a stroke patient is treated, the more likely they are to recover without permanent disability – and that an inpatient rehabilitation facility with a multidisciplinary team supporting the patient’s recovery can make all the difference.

The Brentwood is proud to be the community’s resource for Stroke Recovery. For more information about their Program, please call (978) 777-2700.

The Brentwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Danvers, Massachusetts is part of Marquis Health Services, a network of rehabilitation and healthcare centers that has distinguished itself for three generations by revolutionizing Subacute Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Facilities throughout the Northeast.

With 20 years in private practice and as a neurology consultant specializing in all aspects of stroke management and prevention, Dr. Gavrilescu is a trailblazer who contributed to develop the stroke program of one of the State’s first community-designated Primary Stroke Services Center.