Clarence Newkirk

Before his diagnosis, Clarence Newkirk worked full-time at his automotive parts store. Married for 51 years, Clarence and his wife, Noline, have two sons and two grandchildren. They love to spend their free time with family.

In December, Clarence contracted COVID-19 and pneumonia and required hospitalization. Upon admission, he was immediately put on ventilator support. As he stabilized, Clarence and his family started looking for long-term acute care options. After a recommendation from his physicians, he chose to continue his care at Vibra Hospital of Amarillo.

Clarence started receiving treatment right away for COVID-19, IV antibiotics, and wound care. During his stay, he had to return to the short-term acute care hospital for surgery. He came back to Vibra for his second stay in March.

The staff impressed Clarence with their consistent care and attention. He was very fond of his nurse practitioner, Kristy Young. He explained, “Kristy had a big impact on my recovery. She is very smart and tells it like it is.” Clarence explained that God and his wife were also by his side helping him recover.

The next step for Clarence is to return home where he will continue his recovery. His goal is to get back to work and looks forward to dirt bike racing on the Route 66 motor speedway!