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Published on September 15, 2017

The Power of Rehabilitation at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital

Hospital employee finds his power after fatal motorcycle accident


TYLER, Texas – During National Rehabilitation Week, recognized Sept. 17-23, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, Affiliated with HealthSouth is celebrating more than “The Power of Rehabilitation” as one of its own recently defied the odds. 


Robert “Kirk” Hart, a maintenance mechanic at the inpatient rehabilitation hospital, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife on February 11, 2017 when he was involved in an accident. Hart has no recollection of what happened. His wife was pronounced dead on the scene. Kirk, unconscious, was airlifted to a local hospital where he coded multiple times. He sustained a fractured neck, back and scapula, ruptured spleen, traumatic kidney injury and broken ribs, not expected to live. After a month in a coma, Kirk woke and was unable to move. Despite his many injuries, his most painful was the loss of his wife. Two weeks later he was transferred to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital with the goal of healing and being healthy again.


When Kirk arrived at the rehabilitation hospital, he was unable to walk or move his arms which affected daily tasks like eating. His first day of therapy, Kirk was encouraged by his therapists to stand which was a huge feat. He was also having problems sleeping at night, so the nursing and tech staff were compassionate and spent time with him to help him feel better. Kirk’s individualized care plan, which included physical and occupational therapy, helped him progress towards his goals and confidence to try things like standing on a ladder again. He overcame challenges like regaining the use of his arms so he could feed himself and found motivation with the help of his co-workers who constantly uplifted him and the patients around him who were also making leaps and bounds in their recovery.


Three weeks after he arrived at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, Kirk left the hospital with zero limitations. He could walk, feed himself and was able to return to work and his hobbies. He’s not quite ready to hop back on a motorcycle, but says maybe one day.


National Rehabilitation Awareness Week was established in 1976 to create awareness of people with disabilities and promote the benefits of rehabilitation. In 1990, a presidential proclamation designated the third week of September as National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which has grown to include more than 7,000 organizations.

About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between CHRISTUS Trinity Mother of Frances Health system and HealthSouth, is a 94-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout East Texas and the hospital is located at 3131 Troup Highway and on the Web at

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at



Reviewed by WK on September 15, 2017