Patient Stories
  • Jack and Gayle Celebrate
    Jack and Gayle Celebrate

    Jack and Gayle Reidy came back to Barlow to say 'thank you' on their wedding anniversary. One year earlier, Jack was hospitalized at Barlow and recovered to celebrate 53 years with wife Gayle. Thank you Barlow!

  • Angela is Home After COVID
    Angela is Home After COVID

    When COVID-19 infection swept through their community, the entire family, Angela, Eric and their two young sons, all fell ill. Angela was the most severely ill. Eric called for an ambulance but was not allowed to ride along with her. He feared the worst. After months in the hospital, including at Barlow Respiratory Hospital at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys (VPH), Angela is home.

  • Dad is Coming Home
    Dad is Coming Home

    Emilio's family could not miss the opportunity to see him, even for a moment. When they learned he would be discharged from Barlow Respiratory Hospital to continue recovery in another facility, they hurried to catch a glimpse of him, to touch his hands and see his face. Finally, after months, he is coming home.

  • BARLOW LEGACY OF CARE
    BARLOW LEGACY OF CARE

    Barlow Respiratory Hospital is an award-winning hospital with a legacy of over one hundred years of caring for patients in Los Angeles. As a specialized Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Barlow plays a vital role in our patients' care and recovery journey from ICU to post-acute care. Learn how a family feels when a loved one is cared for at Barlow Respiratory Hospital, and learn about the Campaign to #ReBuildBarlow as a new state-of-the art hospital – with larger rooms, more beds and ample space.

  • Mike Martinez
    Mike Martinez

    Mike Martinez got a second chance at life when he was transferred to Barlow Respiratory Hospital

  • Dr. PRESSLER SAYS THANK YOU BARLOW!
    Dr. PRESSLER SAYS THANK YOU BARLOW!

    Thanks to the life-saving expert care I received at Barlow!

  • Home for Fathers’ Day
    Home for Fathers’ Day

    Gevork Tarakchyan is home now, walking on his own and in the warm embrace of family. His family is glad to have him home with grandchildren to celebrate Fathers’ Day.

  • One patient’s survival story and long battle with coronavirus
    One patient’s survival story and long battle with coronavirus

    Former Barlow Respiratory Hospital patient Justin Reynolds is finally going home after being hospitalized for nearly 4 months. Christine Devine of KTTV Fox11 News tells the powerful story of recovery.

  • Dean Fortunato
    Dean Fortunato

    Dean returned to Barlow Respiratory Hospital to thank our team and to share his progress towards full recovery.

  • COVID-19 patient returns home after 4 months in hospitals
    COVID-19 patient returns home after 4 months in hospitals

    He's still tired and has shortness of breath, but Justin Reynolds is home after two months at Barlow Respiratory Hospital. We work together with one goal – best outcomes – and we are so glad the Reynolds family is together again after COVID-19.

  • What is an LTCH?
    What is an LTCH?

    Searching for Post ICU care for your loved one? A Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) like Barlow Respiratory Hospital can be appropriate for a patient after the ICU. See the explainer video here.

  • ANTHONY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
    ANTHONY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19

    Former Barlow Respiratory Hospital patient Anthony Lavergne has a way to go in his recovery but is happy to be home. His advice to others to avoid COVID-19, “Don’t be stupid. Wear your mask” New research reveals that many COVID-19 patients have symptoms that can linger for weeks, even months.

  • Militsa Brennan
    Militsa Brennan

    Militsa Brennan suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was thrown from her horse. Now that she has recovered, she is back where she is needed at home with family and community.

  • Lydia Says Thank You Barlow
    Lydia Says Thank You Barlow

    Former Barlow Respiratory Hospital patient Lydia Torrez’s condition was so perilous that her family was summoned to say their goodbyes. But then, she recovered enough to be transferred to Barlow Respiratory Hospital at PIH Health Hospital Whittier and finally, home. “I am grateful.”

  • Ermelita and Sergio Domingo
    Ermelita and Sergio Domingo

    Tan, fit and smiling, former Barlow Respiratory Hospital patient Sergio Domingo has returned to an active lifestyle that includes three sets of tennis three days a week

  • Jack Wengert & His Trombone
    Jack Wengert & His Trombone

    Jack and Martha Wengert lived a charmed life. Jack played trombone before health setbacks brought him to Barlow Respiratory Hospital. Martha is grateful to have more years together.

  • Gloria Zee
    Gloria Zee

    Gloria returned home from Barlow Respiratory Hospital in time to spend the holidays with family and enjoyed her granddaughter's performance in the Nutcracker Ballet.

  • Jenny & Kavin Dewitt
    Jenny & Kavin Dewitt

    Jenny DeWitt had the flu and was hospitalized for several weeks before being transferred to Barlow Respiratory Hospital. Kavin was worried and is grateful to have her home.

  • Isabelo Rico and his family
    Isabelo Rico and his family

    Isobelo Rico’s family celebrated his 94th birthday at Barlow Respiratory Hospital with staff members responsible for his recovery. They gathered in our historic cafeteria with food, fun and festivities.

  • JOANNE -  BLESSED TO BE HOME
    JOANNE - BLESSED TO BE HOME

    Former Barlow Respiratory Hospital patient Joanne Bueno was scared, she’d been in the hospital for months and needed to regain her strength to return home after COVID-19. “I am so blessed.”

  • NINA - A BARLOW MIRACLE STORY
    NINA - A BARLOW MIRACLE STORY

    Nina Kasbarian returned home after being hospitalized for months with COVID-19 in 2020. She thanks our Barlow team for her 'miracle' recovery. "The hardest part was not having my family. But your staff made me feel safe. I felt loved. How could I ever thank them?"

  • Felix's Story
    Felix's Story

    When Felix Valde was hospitalized with COVID-19 in 2021, it was scary, “There is a possibility I could die…It was a very hard fight…I came here and I got better faster.” He returned for a visit with his wife Florezel to Barlow Respiratory Hospital Los Angeles and thanked our healthcare team for the care and support they provided.

  • Jessy Goes Home
    Jessy Goes Home

    After months of care - at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Valley Presbyterian Hospital ARU - hospital employee Jessy goes home with a celebratory farewell from the team who cared for him and co-workers who care about him.