Success Stories

Jean P.Jean

After hitting her head and injuring her ankle related to a fall, Jean could barely get around and needed a lot of help doing it…BUT look at her now! Jean has done an amazing job and is heading home independent and ready to go!

Meadowbrook’s Acute Care and Brain Injury Team is so proud of you Jean – way to go!

“Some things are harder than others to overcome,” Jean said, “but you can do anything you set your mind to.”



Tracy K.


Tracy K. was admitted to Meadowbrook in the fall of 2018 after suffering a severe stroke which left him very weak and immobile. Upon admission he began his rehab at a skilled level and was dependent for all daily activities and mobility needs.

Tracy worked hard with our therapy team and was able to progress to Meadowbrook’s higher level in-patient program. He went from not being able to dress or eat on his own to performing most activities with minor assistance from our team. He also improved from being nearly bedridden to transferring and walking! He was able to progress to a normal diet and resumed eating his favorite foods.

We are so proud of Tracy – his hard work and determination paid off, and he successfully returned home to his family!



William B.


Former football player at the University Kansas and the Atlanta Flacons

William underwent a right hip replacement in January, and was admitted to our skilled rehab unit for physical and occupational therapy. After successfully discharging home, he anticipated a revision of his right hip in May and made it clear that he wanted to return to Meadowbrook.

“The staff at Meadowbrook are excellent,” William said, “I feel strong and this is one of the things I value most from my experience! I have made close connections with the staff…they sincerely cared about me and my goals.”




The people here I feel are fabulous. The C.N.A’s, nurses and therapists are very professional, and very empathetic. They care—you can tell by the way they approach you, talk to you and care for you.




Judith has Parkinson’s Disease and experienced increased falls at home and sustained a closed head injury. This is her second time at Meadowbrook and she states, “I would not recommend anywhere else. Everyone is so kind and the nurses stand out!” She is surprised by how much stronger she feels and is ready to return home.




Robia admitted to Meadowbrook after suffering a stroke sustaining left-sided weakness. Robia is strong-willed and was eager to begin rehab, so that she could return home independently as soon as possible. When she admitted she was only able to ambulate very short distances with her walker. The accomplishments she is most proud of are: being able to walk to meals with her walker and taking a shower without help. She speaks highly of all the staff who have cared for her and specifically mentions Tanisha (CNA) who was always available to help and Sylvia (PT) who is very persistent and shed her to improve. She feels confident and ready to return home.



TBI Success Story


After falling from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights, William B. sustained major multiple fractures. He was admitted to Overland Park Regional Medical Center in November 2017 and was admitted to Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital shortly after to address the functional deficits related to his injuries.

His progress was significant and after only two weeks of receiving physical and occupational therapy, he was successfully discharged home!

He observed that Meadowbrook showed a strong sense of teamwork and that he and his family were extremely impressed with how quickly he improved.

Our facility and staff are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with William and celebrate his successes.

“The vibe at Meadowbrook is extremely positive and everyone was so good to me.” – William said.




Success story #1 - Mija and her family smiling at the camera.Two years, four months and six days after a drunken driver changed her life forever, Mija S. walked out of the rehabilitation hospital where she had been living and head home. “We’re pretty excited,” Larry L., Mija’s father, who moved from Salina to Overland Park in June to be near Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, said Monday. “She stayed there an extra couple of months so that she would be able to walk out that door, and she will walk out tomorrow.”

Home in a new location

Home is a different place now than it would have been if a third-time drunk driving offender had not crossed the center line while driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit and struck Mija’s vehicle head-on as she drove from Lindsborg to work at a McPherson elementary school on the morning of Dec. 20, 2013. Now her family will remain in Overland Park, where she will continue to receive outpatient therapies, and she will be near Blue Valley schools, where her two youngest daughters are students, Larry said.

A long trek

Mija, who taught physical education for the McPherson School District, has had to work to regain mobility, speech and the ability to perform daily tasks since sustaining a traumatic brain injury in the crash. Larry said Mija is continuing to work on balance and must focus on each movement she makes, he said. Although her short-term memory can be problematic, she generally recognizes old friends and acquaintances.

“It’s been a long trek,” Larry said. “At first, we didn’t know if she would live. That first week it was touch and go, and we were told to prepare to let her go, so to have our daughter alive is a big deal.”

Larry said for the first year, Mija was unable to speak. After a medical procedure to redo a shunt in December 2014, he received a phone call he will never forget. “Hi Dad,” he heard Mija say.

Success story #1 - Mija's family helping her walk.Mija’s Law enacted

The driver was convicted of aggravated battery while driving under the influence. It was his third DUI. In 2014, a judge handed down the 34-month sentence, which was the longest sentence state law allowed at that time. The driver was released from prison on March 25, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections website. “We hope he’s sobered up and learned a lesson,” Larry said. The Ls provided testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in February 2015, and area lawmakers were instrumental in the passage of Mija’s Law. The law amended the sanction for an aggravated battery DUI resulting in permanent disability of another to eliminate the option of probation and set the sentencing range from three years, two months to 14 years, four months.

‘She’s been our miracle’

After the crash, Mija spent about a month at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita before transferring to a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska, and then to Meadowbrook. Larry said she’s spent nearly two years at Meadowbrook, and her mother, Kathy L., has been with her daily as she progressed. “She’s kind of been our miracle, and she continues to make progress,” Kathy said. Larry said several family members plan to be there when Mija leaves the hospital. He said he thinks he might pull out the grill and grill Mija a hamburger on her first night at home. “It’ll be a big day,” he said.

On Tuesday, April 26, Mija S. achieved her goal by walking out of Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital on her way back home.