Retired doctor leaves legacy of light, hope and independence

Dr. Hosick at Inpatient Rehabilitation opening eventFifteen years after retiring as a Carle anesthesiologist, Dr. Betsie Hosick marked another milestone—the big reveal of Carle’s renovated and expanded inpatient rehabilitation area.

James C. Leonard, MD, Carle president and CEO, said gathering Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the Dr. Elizabeth C. Hosick Rehabilitation Center was the culmination of five years of dreaming and planning.

“Ten years after Dr. Hosick retired from Carle in 2002, she approached us with an idea—an idea to resolve a need at Carle she witnessed firsthand,” Dr. Leonard said. “When a dear friend was hospitalized, Betsie encountered a rehab staff that was amazing but didn’t have the space or equipment to match the caliber of care they delivered.”

Today, Dr. Hosick’s commitment through Carle Center for Philanthropy supports inpatient rehabilitation staff as they maximize patients’ potential for independence and positively impact the quality of life of patients, family and caregivers. Inpatient rehabilitation now uses:

  • 15 large, private rooms with oversized bathrooms.
  • Lifts in each room to help patients move more freely.
  • A new therapy gym and added space for equipment and storage.
  • A private therapy area for patients with brain injury or high levels of agitation.
  • An Activity of Daily Living Apartment for transitioning back to living outside the hospital.
  • A driving simulator to boost patients’ confidence behind the wheel.

Dr. Betsie Hosick with colleaguesPut simply, Dr. Hosick felt called to continue to help patients after 25 years of serving them directly.

“If I see a need, I try to fulfill it. I really didn’t have a preconceived notion of what inpatient rehab might one day look like, but now it’s a nurse’s dream location,” Dr. Hosick said, spotlighting how open and bright the renovated area is.  

“It’s important for patients to have light so they don’t get disoriented and to keep their spirits up while they do the hard work of rehabilitation.”

About 30 staff members—including nurses, healthcare techs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, case managers, social worker, chaplains, dietitians and psychologists—serve over 300 patients a year

Carle’s inpatient rehab has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF) with specialty CARF Stroke accreditation since 2008 and specialty Brain Injury accreditation since 2011.