Former UC Davis chancellor released from hospital

Published: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef is looking forward to getting back to work and watching his beloved Aggies on the basketball court after his release Friday from the UC Davis Medical Center.

Vanderhoef, university chancellor from 1994 to 2009, left the medical center nearly a month after suffering an ischemic stroke on Dec. 1. An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.

"I'm eager to pick up where I left off in the office and to be back in my seat at the Mondavi Center and at our men's and women's basketball games," Vanderhoef said in a statement. "I'm getting better, day by day and bit by piece. I am definitely on my way back."

Vanderhoef responded well to his nearly four weeks of rehabilitation, regaining much of the strength he lost on his right side, and will continue to work with specialists as an outpatient, said Cassie Spalding-Dias, director of inpatient therapy at UC Davis.

"Rehabilitation is an ongoing process, and we expect him to improve as his body continues to heal over the next year," Spalding-Dias said.

– Darrell Smith

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