Wilderness Survivor Transferred to Providence Portland Medical Center for Rehabilitation Therapy

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Sept. 12, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: No interviews will be available tonight. The family of Doris Anderson is requesting no media contact at this time. When available, updated information will be sent out by e-mail and will also be posted at www.providence.org. Please notify jean.marks@providence.org if you would like to continue receiving information on Doris Anderson.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The 76-year-old woman who survived two weeks in the wilderness has now been transferred to Providence Portland Medical Center for rehabilitation therapy. An Angel Flight volunteer pilot flew Doris Anderson to Portland from Baker City, Ore. where she was initially treated at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her condition is currently being evaluated.

The Sandy, Ore. resident became lost while on a hunting trip with her husband in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area in Eastern Oregon. She was found 13 days later on Sept. 6.

Anderson will be under the care and treatment of Molly Hoeflich, M.D., medical director of Providence Acute Rehabilitation Center, located at Providence Portland Medical Center in northeast Portland. Visit our Providence Acute Rehabilitation Center for more information.

Dr. Hoeflich leads a team of physicians, nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, speech, therapeutic and recreational), social workers, chaplains and dieticians. The team serves patients who have suffered devastating injuries, strokes and other debilitating medical conditions. Through intensive therapy and compassionate care, patients in the 21-bed unit improve functional skills, maximize physical, cognitive, and language skills and regain self-confidence.