Blake Medical Center October 20, 2018

BRADENTON, FL – September 10, 2018 –While testing a menu for a new concept, Taco Bus owner Rene Valenzuela, was involved in a gas explosion that left him severely burned and transferred to Blake Medical Center’s Burn Care Unit. While in the hospitals care, he says his passion was re-inspired after witnessing the dedication of his care team.

Valenzuela shared that the most important thing that happened to him while in the hospitals care, was the impact the nurses, physicians and therapists had on his life. “I was in a place where I didn’t know how I could make a difference in the world, I felt I didn’t have nearly enough impact on the people around me, especially after witnessing firsthand how these people bring patients like me back to life,” he explained.

It was after his Occupational Therapy team had him try cooking again that he shared his passion was re-inspired, “I was able to bring people together, the staff and team gathered together for this meal I was preparing and they shared joy, laughter and comradery all thanks to a small act that I had produced.”

To schedule an interview with a hospital team member, or Valenzuela, please call Kelly Carlstein at 941-545-0608.

About Blake Medical Center

Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, acute-care, full service hospital and a leading provider of quality, affordable healthcare serving our community since 1973. Blake offers a wide range of healthcare services, including: Level II Trauma Center, open-heart surgery, cancer care, joint replacement, back surgery and rehabilitation among many others. Blake is pleased to provide free health education, screenings and support groups to improve the health of our community. For information about hospital services or events or to receive a free physician referral, call 1-888-359-3552.