P.J. Joubert with stands with his rehabilitation team at Inter-Lakes Health. From left are: Merribeth Elling, PT - Director of Rehabilitation Services, Kate VanDerZee, SLP, P.J. Joubert, Teresa Costin, OTR, Leo Gomes, PT, Prashant Malhorta, PT, and Heather Winters, PTA.
Not to P.J. Joubert and his family.
The link between the two health care facilities is a key component of Joubert’s battle with a life-threatening brain tumor.
The Ticonderoga man was diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma in his right frontal lobe on May 25 at Fletcher Allen Health Care, where he underwent brain surgery and a short-term rehabilitation stay at Fanny Allen Rehabilitation Center in Vermont. After his surgery, Joubert required more rehabilitation before going home.
The former Ti teacher and coach chose Inter-Lakes Health’s Heritage Commons to continue his rehabilitation to be closer to home. That allowed him to go home for short visits and take outings with his family, which enhanced his rehabilitation time.
“They are so good to me here,” P.J. told his wife, Cindy, while strolling with his walker back to his room on the rehabilitation unit of Heritage Commons after making a short visit to his home.
Cindy, is a certified occupational therapy assistant at Inter-Lakes Health.
“She had full trust that the rehabilitation team at ILH would be the very best therapy professionals to provide exactly what P.J. needed to become as strong and as independent as he could be,” said Lisa Busby of Inter-Lakes Health.
“While at Heritage Commons, P.J. was able to reconnect with friends and receive many visitors in his hometown,” she added. “The rehabilitation team (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) assisted P.J. in recovering from his brain surgery.”
P.J. particularly appreciated the work of Prashant Malhorta, his physical therapist.
“Prashant really challenges me,” he said.
Cindy Joubert has taken comfort in the care her husband has received in Ticonderoga.
“P.J. has had a brain injury with cognitive changes, and the nursing and CNA (certified nurses aide) staff took his safety personally, which gave me peace of mind when I would bring him back to the rehabilitation unit each evening,” she said.
The Joubert family also noted the contributions of Inter-lakes Director of Activities Maria Waters, who has urged P.J. to retain faith and remain positive.
Before discharge, Cindy and P.J. met with his social worker, Heidi Schempp, and nurse manager, Jodie Ingleston, to plan for his return home.
“I truly felt supported and empowered,” Cindy said. “They provided us with all of the information regarding the resources that P.J. would need when he returned home.”
P.J. is now undergoing chemotherapy at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The relationship that Inter-Lakes Health has with FAHC allows him to have his lab work completed locally prior to making the trip to Burlington.
The Joubert family thanked all of the staff at Heritage Commons Residential Health Care for their support.
Inter-Lakes Health is a family of health services. The not-for-profit group includes Moses-Ludington Hospital, Heritage Commons Residential Health Care, Moses-Ludington Adult Care, Inter-Lakes Health Dental Clinic and Lord Howe Estates. For more information visit www.interlakeshealth.com.
Inter-Lakes Health is an affiliate of Fletcher Allen Health Care (www.fletcherallen.org).