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Published on October 25, 2018

Community Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit named in honor of William R. Lewis, longtime donor and retired neurosurgeon

Unit also marks 5th anniversary with patient reunion

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MONTEREY, Calif. — The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is being named in honor of retired neurosurgeon William R. Lewis, recognizing a lifetime of giving by Dr. Lewis and his wife, Duncan.

The 13-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) provides intensive, inpatient therapy for people who have had a serious injury or illness, such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, or degenerative disorder. With today’s unveiling of a new sign, it is now officially known as the William R. Lewis, MD, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

The Lewises lifetime of giving to Community Hospital and Montage Health Foundation totals more than $3 million, most of it supporting the work of the IRU. Dr. Lewis was a neurosurgeon at Community Hospital for 49 years, and the couple’s latest gift supports advanced staff education for treating brain injuries.

“We are extremely grateful to Duncan and Bill for their commitment to Community Hospital,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Montage Health, the hospital’s parent company. “Their support of the IRU has helped many people regain skills that were lost due to an injury or illness, so they can live their lives as fully as possible.”

The IRU celebrated its 5th anniversary on Thursday (October 25), with a reunion of many of the people who have benefitted from its care, as well as their family members. More than 1,100 people have been treated in the unit, nearly half after having a stroke. The average stay is about 13 days, after which most — 82 percent — have been able to return home rather than to another care facility.

“We have watched the hospital grow from its earliest days to the state-of-the-art facility it is today,” says Duncan Lewis. “We feel very fortunate and very blessed to live in a community that has this kind of medical facility, so we don’t have to leave the area to receive exceptional care.”

When the Lewises moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1963, they had intended to stay only a year. Dr. Lewis was just finishing his residency at Stanford Hospital and planned to join the faculty there or at Duke University, where he graduated from medical school.

But one year became many and the couple planted roots and raised their four children here. Dr. Lewis helped establish the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula and was a founding sponsor of the Gateway Center, which provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Since 1991, he has been on the board of the FSH Society, a research-focused patient organization for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. It is one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy and is present in the Lewis family.

“We are so fortunate to know Duncan and Bill, who have been wonderful members of the hospital family for so many years and a resource to our community in so many ways,” says Kevin Causey, chief development officer of Montage Health Foundation. “Their generosity of spirit and commitment to philanthropy is truly inspiring and deeply appreciated.”

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

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