News

Heart warrior and brain injury survivor celebrates 1 surrounded by ‘Harley’s Crew’

2/19/2019 3:14 PM | Patient Stories

Harley Swanek is a toddler who has endured more than most adults. At 6-months-old, her heart stopped beating, revealing a rare, congenital heart defect. While emergency personal were successful in reviving her, the result was an anoxic brain injury. After making huge strides at Madonna, the heart warrior is celebrating a smashing first birthday.

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Celebrating Crystal Angels

2/18/2019 2:53 PM | Foundation News

Tom and Lisa Smith received the prestigious Crystal Angel Award at the inaugural Miracle Night for Madonna on Nov. 30, 2018.

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Young hockey fan returns to ice after battling rare illness

2/7/2019 2:39 PM | In the News, Patient Stories

Six weeks after contracting a rare form of encephalitis, Kevin Hang celebrated his seventh birthday donning his hockey gear to skate laps with Junior Stars teammates. It was a special moment for the seven-year-old hockey fan from Lincoln, Nebraska, who was initially paralyzed when he began specialized rehab at Madonna.

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Madonna team taps into brain injury survivor’s passions as motivation

2/7/2019 1:00 PM | Patient Stories

Nick Brandriet's life changed instantly when the 36-year-old suffered a brain bleed Thanksgiving weekend 2018. The result was an anoxic brain injury, requiring Nick to relearn how to walk, talk and eat. Early on, Nick's care team tapped into his love of music, pizza and Battleship as motivation throughout his recovery.

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Star Wars troupe visits Madonna

2/5/2019 9:56 AM | In the News

The Force was strong at Madonna’s Lincoln Campus on Saturday! Storm troopers, imperial officers and other Star Wars characters surprised patients and families with their realistic costumes. Local members of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars costuming club, boosted the spirits throughout the hospital.

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Harlem Globetrotter spins smiles through Lincoln Campus

1/31/2019 2:51 PM | In the News, Patient Stories, Press Releases

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin visited the Lincoln Campus to bring cheer to patients and families, spinning smiles throughout the hospital.

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Yutan wrestler takes down two toughest opponents in his life

1/24/2019 11:09 AM | In the News, Patient Stories

Logan Moan, a Yutan High School senior, is a talented athlete and a survivor. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 7, Logan excells in football, wrestling and dirt bike racing. Last May, Logan survived a horrible dirt bike accident and spent a month recovering at the Omaha Campus.

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Pint-sized motivator behind Iowan’s Recovery

1/14/2019 2:34 PM | Patient Stories

Nick Lincoln worked hard to recover at Madonna's Lincoln Campus after an ATV accident caused a spinal cord injury in August of 2018. His desire to return home with his wife and their young daughter Sydney provided the motivation he needed to regain skills like driving, self-cares, and find new sports and recreation activities.

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Technology assists mom of three in brain injury recovery

1/10/2019 10:54 AM | Patient Stories

Hniang Cia credits Madonna's specialized technology for helping her return home to care for her young family. This after the 28-year-old was involved in a serious car crash that caused significant injuries, including brain damage. The technology, disguised as video games, helped her regain arm and leg strength necessary to keep up with three young boys.

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Brain injury survivor thrives back home and at school

1/8/2019 9:44 AM | Patient Stories

Dylan Kirkpatrick is back home and at school after surviving a rollover car crash that nearly took his life. He spent two months recovering at an acute care hospital before coming to Madonna for rehabilitation, regaining strength, stamina and relearning thinking and problem-solving skills so he could get back to friends and homework.

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Media Inquiries

Our patient recoveries make great news. The Marketing and PR team at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals handles all media inquires and is your first contact for help to schedule an interview with a patient, a rehabilitation expert and in getting additional details concerning a press release or event. Our team understands the fast-paced news cycle and will work hard to meet your deadline. 

Media Policy

We are focused on maintaining a positive, working relationship with all members of the media. The relationship serves several purposes:

  • Builds trust and rapport with members of the media and the communities we serve.
  • Reinforces our mission of getting patients back to their life roles.
  • Educates the general public on who Madonna is and the patients we work with.

If you’re a member of the news media, please review and adhere to the following guidelines concerning requesting possible video/print interviews or photographs with patients, families or Madonna employees.

  • All media must contact and work with a Madonna Marketing & PR representative to arrange all interviews, photo/video shoots related to patients, families or staff taking place on Madonna’s property. This includes both campuses, the four outpatient TherapyPlus clinics and Madonna ProActive.
  • In order to confirm whether a patient is in our care, a member of the media must contact a PR Representative  listed above with the patient’s first and last name.
  • Madonna will not disclose patient protected health information (PHI) to the media without first obtaining the patient’s written authorization.
  • A Madonna Marketing & PR representative must accompany all media while on Madonna’s property.
  • Madonna’s primary responsibility is to preserve each patient’s dignity and right to privacy. We are in full compliance of state and federal privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its regulations (the Privacy Rule). 
  • Unless otherwise required by law, Madonna is under no obligation to disseminate news and information about patients. Furthermore, Madonna reserves the right to deny media access if the patient’s care team has determined the media’s presence will cause undue stress or negatively impact the patient’s health in any way.
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