Professional baseball player and a star patient at Saint Vincent Hospital
When you play professional baseball day in and day out, it's only a matter of time before injuries start popping up. Omar Pena, a shortstop for the Worcester Tornadoes, is a case in point.
Pena developed a slew of injuries during his many years of playing baseball, from a hairline fracture in his leg and hand to wear and tear in his knees and elbow pain. To minimize his time on the disabled list, he turned to the surgeons of Saint Vincent Hospital, the official team doctors of the Tornadoes.
Pena explains, "I developed a relationship with the surgeons, nurses and PT staff there that I never had before. Although I didn't look forward to having surgery, I always looked forward to going in and seeing the staff. There's such a positive, upbeat environment in the hospital."
For Pena, there were two key parts to his fast recovery: skilled surgeons whom he trusted immensely, followed by personalized, intensive rehab.
"I had rehab right at the hospital—and again, I can't say enough about the staff. Everyone who worked with me was so genuine, friendly, always happy to see me. It's so nice to have therapy at a place where everyone feels like your friend."
With surgery, casts, and rehab now behind him, Omar is off the bench and ready to play baseball again pain-free.
Learn more about the Musculoskeletal Services at Saint Vincent Hospital.