Husband’s Battle with ALS Inspires Historic Nursing Home Opening

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New memoir, "Life in Babylon" tells story of Theresa M. Santmann

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To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse.

(PRWEB) November 14, 2014 -- “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse.” - Rawsi Williams

These powerful words capture the spirit and resilience of healthcare advocate, Theresa Santmann, the first woman in New York State to obtain a FHA-backed loan to build a nursing home.

Santmann’s story begins in 1976 when her husband was diagnosed with ALS. With two young children and mounting bills, Santmann needed to make a drastic change. She found a four-apartment rental property in Babylon, New York and turned it into an adult home where her husband, Jack, became her first patient.

Santmann returned to school for nursing and began a new career that changed the lives of everyone around her. Her resourcefulness led her to becoming first woman in New York State to obtain an FHA-backed loan to build a 160-bed nursing home, with only a woman's name on the application. She operated one of the most successful nursing homes on Long Island, invented and patented a unique walker, became an airplane pilot, and so much more.

Santmann chronicles her journey in her newly published memoir, “Life in Babylon”.

“Life in Babylon: A Memoir of Joy and Anguish”
By Theresa M. Santmann
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4917-4249-5    
Available at: Amazon, iUniverse and Barnes and Noble online bookstores

About the Author
Babylon resident Theresa Santmann is a health care advocate, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is also a pioneer, innovator, and a woman whose determination led to a life of remarkable accomplishments. In 2008, Theresa wrote her first book, "In Gratitude to My Guardian Angel"
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