Success Stories


Thank You For Saving My Life

Erika Kirk is a homemaker, a mother of two, and was First Lady of Florida from 1967-1971. She and her husband Claude Kirk, the 36th Governor of Florida, have been married for more than 40 years

Before coming to Kindred Hospital The Palm Beaches, Mrs. Kirk was admitted to the local short-term acute care hospital for suspected Guillian-Barre syndrome that evolved into acute respiratory failure. At the end of her three-week stay at the traditional hospital, Mrs. Kirk required extended recovery time and was transferred to Kindred Hospital The Palm Beaches.

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Recovery Despite Complications

Vicenta, 86, was admitted to a short-term acute care hospital on January 31 for abdominal pain. Prior to this, she was independent at home with her family. After a lap cholecystectomy, she could not be extubated. She suffered multiple complications of surgery including a small bowel obstruction, pleural effusion and atrial fibrillation, and an irregular heart rhythm. She was weaning from the ventilator for approximately two hours a day but was not progressing prior to admission to Kindred Hospital.

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Mr. N

Great Strides Toward Recovery

Mr. N, 54, came to Kindred Hospital in January 2009 after a bad bout of pneumonia had sent him into acute respiratory failure. He arrived at Kindred after treatment at a local short-term acute care hospital left him on a ventilator for two months. Mr. N had lived for 13 years at home under tracheostomy home care and nocturnal ventilation, requiring an oxygen level of 40 percent.

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Everyone Worked Together

John was working on his farm. He hopped off his tractor to shut a gate and his tractor kept moving. “I tried to jump on it, like a dummy, and fell,” John said. “The tractor ran over me.” 

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