The latest donation from Jimmy Previti
recognizes the world-famous rehabilitation center for helping a friend and colleague regain use of his limbs after a devastating spinal injury 10 years ago this month.
POMONA, Calif. (Tuesday, March 25, 2014) – Frank Glankler figures he had stepped over the baby gate in his kitchen -- set up to confine his family's new puppy -- at least a hundred times before the morning when he caught his foot, tripped, and tumbled, striking his head on a countertop.
The March 2004 freak accident shattered several vertebrae in his neck, leaving Glankler instantly paralyzed. But the hard-charging Ontario executive refused to accept the diagnosis from trauma center doctors who said he would never walk again following a surgery to reconstruct his neck.
"I was told my case was hopeless, that I would be a quadriplegic all my life," Glankler said. "I went to Casa Colina and five months, three weeks and a couple of days later, I walked out – not very well, but I walked out."
On Monday, 10 years after his devastating injury, Glankler returned to the non-profit Casa Colina to be on hand as his longtime friend and employer, Jimmy Previti of Rancho Cucamonga-based Frontier Communities, presented a $100,000 donation to the world-famous rehabilitation center.
"The doctors, nurses and therapists at Casa Colina helped Frank reclaim his life," Previti said. "They gave us our friend and colleague back, and helped him return to the Frontier family, and for that we are eternally grateful."
"Frank never gave up, and neither did the staff at Casa Colina. Their ongoing commitment to serving others with sensitivity and dignity – and to pioneering new treatments – helps ensure patients like Frank realize the best possible outcomes in their road back from life-changing injuries and illnesses. Their work is nothing short of amazing," Previti said.
Felice Loverso, Ph.D., president and CEO of Casa Colina, thanked Previti for the $100,000 donation, noting that the local homebuilder has been a longtime and generous supporter of the center and its work.
"Year after year, Jimmy Previti has been among the community leaders who have helped Casa Colina fulfill its mission to change lives, and this generous $100,000 donation will help provide treatment through our Free Care and Wounded Warrior programs, and provide housing and support for dozens of families as their loved ones undergo rehabilitation at our facility," Loverso said.
Glankler serves as chief operating officer at Frontier Communities. The Las Vegas resident said he relies on a wheelchair most days because walking is still difficult and tiring.
"You know, you play the hand you are dealt," Glankler said. "I couldn't move my arms or legs when I got here. Casa Colina did a phenomenal job. They gave me my life back and for that I am extremely thankful."
Glankler also thanked Previti for providing a $100,000 donation to Casa Colina and supporting the institution that changed the course of his life.
"As an Inland native and businessman, Jimmy has always been a generous supporter of local organizations that help repair and restore lives. I am touched that Jimmy would provide such a significant contribution to the miracle workers at Casa Colina, the institution that gave me a second chance," Glankler said.
Previti is CEO and president of Frontier Communities, one of Southern California's leading and most respected builders of high-quality homes.
In 2009, Previti created The John P. Previti Memorial Foundation, which has given more than $1.5 million to non-profit groups that aid children, families and at-risk youth.
About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation was founded in 1936 in Chino, CA under the leadership of Frances Eleanor "Mother" Smith and other community leaders and physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In the early 1950s when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in nearby Pomona, CA. In 1959, the new hospital was completed and Casa Colina expanded its medical and physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to build a continuum of care unmatched in the Western United States. This includes a state-of-the-art acute rehabilitation hospital, outpatient center, post-acute residential rehabilitation center, children's services, adult day health care, specialized physician's clinics, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery center, outdoor recreation program, and other highly specialized services. The new Casa Colina Medical Office Building opened on the campus in June 2013, and construction of a 31-bed medical surgical hospital addition is currently underway. For more information, please visit www.casacolina.org.