Former CBS anchor shares story at rehabilitation center

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Mark McEwen discusses his journey from stroke during open house of facility at Florida Hospital

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mark McEwen

Mark McEwen

Mark McEwen, a former weatherman and anchor for CBS News, recently shared his journey of rehabilitation from a massive stroke at Florida Hospital Peninsula.

He spoke July 18 at the open house of the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation facility.

McEwen, who wrote a book titled “After the Stroke: My Journey Back to Life,’’ was at the top of his game and enjoying life when he suffered a stroke on Nov. 15, 2005.

After 15 years on CBS’ “The Early Show,’’ he had moved to Orlando to anchor the local news and spend more time with his family.

While traveling, he experienced symptoms that led him to the hospital, where he was misdiagnosed and sent home. Two days later he collapsed, and his slurred speech and heavy sweating were discounted. Misinformation not only delayed his treatment, but it nearly cost him his life.

Mark McEwen tells the crowd at Florida Hospital Peninsula in Ormond Beach: “What I’ve been through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.” (PHOTOS COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL)

Mark McEwen tells the crowd at Florida Hospital Peninsula in Ormond Beach: “What I’ve been through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL)

Private rooms
McEwen shared his story with about 200 local residents at the center, which has just undergone a $3 milion renovation. Visitors at the open house also were treated to a personal tour of the center.

According to a press release provided to the Daytona Times, as part of the recent renovation project, all rooms are now private, providing each patient with upgraded amenities, including a flat screen interactive television with Internet access, as well as designated space for families and visitors.

Additionally, two therapy gymnasiums were combined into one larger gymnasium, complete with an oceanfront view. The increase in space allows for new activities with state-of-the-art equipment, including iPads for use during speech therapy and Bioness electrical therapy to help stroke patients walk again.

Serving Volusia, Flagler
For 20 years, Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation has served as Volusia and Flagler counties’ only inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Located inside Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Oceanside at 264 S. Atlantic Ave. in Ormond Beach, the center specializes in the medical treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have experienced stroke, spinal cord injury, major multiple trauma injuries, hip fractures, brain injuries, and neurological disorders.

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For more information, call 386-231-6000 or visit www.floridahospitalmemorial.org.

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