1. On Oct. 4, 2013, Dunning, the chief information officer for Wayne State College, was driving home from a business trip with a colleague. Aware of tornado warnings for Wayne, Nebraska, the duo was eight miles from town when the rain-wrapped storm unleashed. “I drove to a ditch and we bailed out of the truck as the windows imploded,” said John. As he ran to safety, the funnel’s high-speed winds slammed a commercial-sized steel dumpster into John’s side, crushing it. Pelted by flying debris, John suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and a traumatic brain injury.

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  2. Isra Somanas is an outgoing 26-year-old with an inquisitive mind and active body. Four years ago, the Bangkok, Thailand native moved to Nebraska to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Isra is also an avid cyclist and dancer—passions that nearly cost him his life. On July 15, 2013, Isra was riding his bicycle home from a night of swing dancing when he was hit by a car in Lincoln. Isra was rushed to Bryan West Medical Center where doctors assessed his injuries – a broken pelvis, collapsed lung and a traumatic brain injury.

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  3. Caleb Lindhorst keeps beating the odds. On Dec. 21, 2013, the then 20-year-old Lindsay, Nebraska native was riding home with friends when the driver lost control on loose gravel. The car slid into a ditch, rolled over and Caleb was ejected out the back window. The traumatic accident twisted Caleb’s brain stem and doctors at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha gave him a 10 percent chance of survival.

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  4. On May 21, 2011, Jenifer completed her freshman year of college celebrating with friends in Hays, Kansas. Driving home, the 18-year-old fell asleep at the wheel around 1 a.m., her car veered across lanes, went airborne and landed on its top. Airlifted to Wesley Medical Center, Jenifer was numb with morphine when doctors explained she’d never walk again.

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  5. Marsha Lommel has devoted 40 years of her professional career, 26 of those served as president and CEO, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. While earning her master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, Lommel developed a passion for rehabilitation working at the VA hospital in Minneapolis where she worked with Vietnam veterans who had suffered brain injuries. Since joining Madonna in 1975, Lommel
    has demonstrated a personal commitment to healthcare as a clinician, administrator, surveyor for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and board member for the Association of Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. Lommel will retire in January 2016.

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GOAL Awards 2015

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital established the Chairman’s GOAL Awards in 1994 to honor patients for outstanding courage and determination as they completed their rehabilitation, returned to their communities and gave back to others. Photographs and stories…


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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital established the Chairman’s GOAL Awards in 1994 to honor patients for outstanding courage and determination as they completed their rehabilitation, returned to their communities and gave back to others. Photographs and stories of these patients are on display at Madonna’s main campus, as an inspiration to everyone. The GOAL Award recipients represent the more than 6,000 patients Madonna served this past year. Each recipient is presented with an original piece of artwork created by Lincoln artist Susan J. Brasch.

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