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Local Musician Performs Again Thanks to Kenmore Mercy’s Medical Rehabilitation Unit

Violist Leslie Bahler of Amherst has spent a lifetime in music as a performer and educator. But, earlier this year, she suffered a left frontal hemorrhagic mass which incapacitated the right side of her body - she could not walk and she could barely sign her own name, let alone pick up her bow to play her viola.

 

Directed to Kenmore Mercy by a friend, Bahler spent 25 days in the hospital’s Medical Rehabilitation Unit during which the staff, including physical, occupational and vocal therapists, worked to help her recover.  

 

On August 24, Bahler helps Kenmore Mercy Hospital celebrate their recognition as one of the top inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States by performing Buorree, a French dance from the Cello Suite #1 by Johann Sebastian Bach. 

 

For the second year in a row, the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) ranked the hospital’s MRU in the top 10 percent of more than 800 qualifying inpatient rehabilitation facilities, making it the only facility in Western New York to achieve this standing. 

 

Patients recovering from specific diagnoses, such as stroke, hip fractures, multiple fractures or complications from neurological conditions like Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis, require specialized care to regain lost function and independence. Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s inpatient MRU provides that care, giving patients, like Bahler, back their lives. 

 

 

 

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