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A pilot program launched this spring by The Independence Center aims to disrupt the hospital-to-nursing-home pipeline while also reducing hospital readmission rates. “We’ve set out to prove we can transition people with disabilities out of the hospital to home after an acute episode rather than a nursing home,” said Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence […]

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Pauline Nelson turned to The Independence Center after suffering three brain injuries in three years that affected her balance and vision. She also has a history of back problems and bone and nerve damage that altered the feeling in her legs and feet. So when The Independence Center, in partnership with Achilles Pikes Peak and […]

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Patricia Yeager says every job she’s had, including running independent living centers in Denver and an industry association in California, propelled her to becoming CEO of The Independence Center, a nonprofit in downtown Colorado Springs that assists and advocates for people with disabilities.

Losing and regaining her hearing has had a profound effect on Patricia Yeager’s life. Yeager, now CEO of The Independence Center, lost about 50 percent of her hearing at age 2, but wasn’t given a hearing aid until she was 5. By then, the West Virginia native’s speech was affected, leading to 12 years of […]