Stroke Gets Personal for HealthSouth Mechanicsburg Registered Nurse


David Brand RN MechanicsburgMECHANICSBURG, Pa. – David Brand knows stroke well. A registered nurse for more than 16 years, he currently works with patients in the inpatient rehabilitation setting overcoming stroke and a variety of other debilitating illnesses or injuries at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg. A recent stroke survivor himself, David has a unique appeal to patients in his care.

“There are questions that only I can answer for them,” said David. “We have a special connection.”

In November 2016, David woke up from a nap not able to move the right side of his body. He called his son to tell him he thought he was having a stroke, and could not remember anything else until he woke up in a hospital room. He had survived a stroke, and immediately went to work on getting back to normal. He completed home therapy and starting incorporating house projects like painting into his therapy. His hard work and positive attitude helped him go from 10 percent to 100 percent function.

“I’d use my affected arm and hand while painting to rebuild strength and function,” he said. “You’ve got to know me… I’m driven.”

Prior to going to school to become a registered nurse, David worked in construction management for 20 years following six years of service for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a captain. He decided to change his career route to nursing because he “wanted to do something on a more personal basis with people.”

Patients at HealthSouth Mechanicsburg have been greatly impacted by David’s testimony. One patient in his 50s, who was close in age to David, refused to return home using a walker. With David’s encouragement, the patient pushed himself harder in therapy and left the hospital using only a cane.

“I’ve been given a second chance, and I should use that to benefit others,” said David.

About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg is a 75-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout central Pennsylvania, the hospital is located at 175 Lancaster Blvd. in Mechanicsburg and

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based patient care in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at

Source: HealthSouth Corporation

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