GOAL Awards Showcase Madonna Patients' Amazing Road to Recovery

The hospital has been handing out GOAL awards since 1994. The recipients of this year’s award are Briana Bartlett, Gary Hausmann, Bob White and Bretton Cole.

It has been a big day for Madonna Rehabilitation hospital, but an even bigger day for four of its patients who received GOAL awards. The GOAL Award winners represent the nearly 6,000 patients that Madonna sees each year. A banquet was held in their honor at the Cornhusker hotel on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

One of the recipients is Briana Bartlett. Bartlett is a former patient of Madonna who went through rehab for a spinal chord injury. The injury was the result of a car accident in 2004.

“I did everything at Madonna,” she said. “When I first got there, I couldn’t even sit up on my own.”

Doctors told her she would need to learn how to use a wheelchair, but Bartlett refused to accept that fate.

“I had one dream that I remember. I was in a wheelchair and it was the scariest dream. From that day forward, I knew I had to do something else.”

As an outpatient, she progressed to walking with a cane. After three years of outpatient rehabilitation, she walks on her own.

“I’m just really honored that they think that highly of what I’ve done with my life.”

The keynote speaker for the banquet was Paralympics ski racer Josh Sundquist. Sundquist has an inspirational story of his own.

“At age nine, when I was a soccer player with two legs, and I found out I was going to lose my leg, I thought all hope was gone, ” said Sundquist.

One thing he wants people to take from this event is that anything is possible.

“That’s the story I want other people to get. If someone is in a dark place or having a difficult time, there is hope that things could turn out better than they could even imagine.”

The hospital has been handing out GOAL awards since 1994. Other recipients of this year’s award are Gary Hausmann, Bob White and Bretton Cole.

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