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  • Success Stories

    At Kindred Healthcare, our hard work and efforts are rewarded daily by the patients and residents we serve. Not only are we thanked in person on a regular basis, we receive countless letters, poems and artwork showing appreciation. These stories are representative of many we receive. For letters received by this facility, contact the admissions director.


    Kindred Helps Veterinarian Get Back to Business

    "When I went into Kindred, things turned positive," said Dr. Garner. After becoming ill from pneumonia that caused him to fall into a coma for several weeks, Dr. Garner had suffered negative after negative. Bed sores from a hospital prior to Kindred and organ failures required a multidisciplinary approach. See how Kindred helped him accomplish his biggest goal, returning to his practice.




    Mark's Story of Recovery After H1N1

    Mark began having flu symptoms and was diagnosed with H1N1. He was in a fight for his life. Watch this success story about how Memorial Hermann, Kindred Hospital Clear Lake and Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake helped him recover and regain his life.




    Kevin's Story of Recovery After a Work Accident

    Each of us starts the workday with a general idea of how the day is going to go. But Kevin, a young man working at a factory in Texas, went in to work one morning not knowing that his life was about to change. When a crane mat was not securely fastened and toppled over in an accident at a welding factory, Kevin was crushed and severely injured. His pelvis was broken in five places, his femur was crushed, his bladder was dislocated and his tibula was broken. Kevin was essentially bedbound after his recovery from the short-term hospital. “Basically we were starting from scratch,” said Kevin’s physical therapist. “But every day we just wanted to set the bar a little bit higher.”

    Kevin received care at Kindred Hospital Clear Lake, a long-term acute care hospital (LTAC), as well as Kindred Rehabilitation Clear Lake once he progressed enough to transfer to inpatient rehabilitation. Kevin was able to benefit from Kindred’s smooth continuation of his care and receive treatment from clinicians who coordinated and communicated to maximize his recovery. Kevin’s recovery time was lengthy, but his ongoing rehab at Kindred Rehabilitation Clear Lake was buoyed by the high regard he had for his therapists at Kindred Hospital Clear Lake. “The wound care here is phenomenal,” said Kevin of his experience at KH Clear Lake. “The rehab here is phenomenal.”

    Kevin’s therapists continued to make goals and set the bar high during inpatient rehabilitation. By the time of his arrival at Kindred Rehabilitation Clear Lake, Kevin and his therapists were able to set specific goals to prepare for a safe discharge to home.

    For Kevin, returning home to his family was always on the horizon. The video makes clear that Kevin’s resilience undoubtedly contributed to the success of his intensive therapy. “You have to have a positive outlook on life,” said Kevin. “That’s what makes you heal.”

    Thank you, Kevin, for trusting us with your care and for telling your inspiring story.




    Digital Storytelling Empowering Kindred Teamwork

    Two moms named Kelly in Kindred facilities more than 1,800 miles apart had similar symptoms and needed extensive rehabilitation. After a family member of Kelly Downing recalled seeing Kelly Ford's story on YouTube, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Greenbriar in Nashua, New Hampshire teamed with Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake in Houston, Texas to develop a care plan after learning about the similarities between the patients. The ability to connect through technology brought these two teams within the Kindred family together to help provide hope, healing and recovery.




    Running Mom Loses Ability to Walk

    Kelly Ford, a wife, mother of two children and exercise physiologist becomes increasingly debilitated by an undiagnosed and unexplained neurological disorder. Finally, after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Kelly and her family turned to Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake. In a matter of weeks, Kelly was walking again and back to taking care of her family. This is her story, in her words.




    From a Kindred Hospital Patient

    I’ve been in hospitals in West Virginia, Texas, Virginia, and New Mexico. Kindred Hospital puts them all to shame when it comes to all the caring personnel. The facilities are fine, but the people are what make the difference. I’m 88 years old, almost blind and crippled. I have never had finer treatment anywhere!
    – Mildred E.