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Riley rehabilitation center named for Tom C. Maynor

By Staff
REHABILITATION CENTER Tom C. Maynor, right, thanks friends, family and medical staff at Riley Hospital on Friday during the dedication of the hospital's rehabilitation center, named in his honor. In the background is Dr. Leslie V. Rush III, left, medical director of the center; Trevor Tornabene, Maynor's son-in-law; Rebecca Tornabene, Maynor's granddaughter; and Carroll Ann Tornabene, Maynor's daughter. Photo by Steve Gillespie / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
May 4, 2002
Riley Hospital's lobby was packed Friday for the dedication of its rehabilitation center, named for local retired businessman Tom C. Maynor.
And the guest of honor left his well-wishers roaring with laughter.
Maynor is founder and president of the Meridian Stroke Support and Education Group which is sponsored by Riley and provides educational and emotional support to stroke survivors and families.
Maynor formed the group after his stroke in 1993. His doctors at the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson told him he needed a support group to help him through his recovery.
But Meridian didn't have one.
Center helps stroke victims
Steve Nichols, chief executive officer of Riley Hospital, said that many of the patients in the hospital's rehabilitation center are stroke survivors.
With quick comic timing, Maynor, a retired senior vice president of AmSouth Bank, shared some of his own stroke rehabilitation experiences at the dedication.
Maynor leaves lasting impression
Dr. Leslie V. Rush III, medical director of the rehabilitation center, said Maynor has been a big help with stroke rehabilitation and education. Rush said he was a child when he first met Maynor.
Today, Maynor spends his time visiting stroke patients in the local hospitals to encourage them in their recovery.
Maynor, the former executive director of the Meridian Industrial Foundation, currently serves as dean of Lifetime Quest the Learning in Retirement Center at Meridian Community College.
He is a member of the Meridian Redevelopment Authority and he serves on the board of directors of the Lauderdale County Archives and History Department.
He is also an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.
Maynor said that Riley's rehabilitation center "has been a labor of love. I appreciate Riley doing this and I appreciate their support from the beginning."