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Dear Denver Health,

I want to thank your amazing team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and staff who saved my life. There was a time when they were not sure if I would live. I had a road bike accident. I was riding on a path I had ridden many times before. Little did I know that when I buckled my helmet that morning it would save my life! Unfortunately, I sustained a traumatic brain injury, crushed thoracic vertebrae 7, broke many bones and was in a coma for weeks. Your hospital has a group of world-renowned trauma doctors and team who included my family in meetings. At the meetings, the team answered my family's questions and informed them of the direction of my health care. My family and I experienced excellent medical care with compassion. One and a half years after my accident, I am living a very full life. I want to thank Denver Health and my bike helmet for my life.

Sincerely,
A very thankful patient

Dear Denver Health,

Words cannot express the gratitude that my wife and I feel for the outstanding care our daughter, Anna Beninati, received at Denver Health. On September 5, we received a call from the Longmont police that was a parent's worst nightmare. Our daughter had been run over while hopping a freight train. At that point, they didn't know her condition, but told us that she was at Denver Health. [As a doctor] I knew of the magnificent trauma care system that Denver Health's Dr. Moore and colleagues had built, and our first comfort was to know that she was in the best possible hands ... Dr. Hak and his large, energetic orthopedic team took meticulous care of Anna's legs to ensure the best possible long-term function. The nursing staff in the SICU was wonderful, balancing skill, knowledge and great sense of urgency with warm compassion ... Denver Health is a world-class medical center and truly a place of healing--all the more remarkable in a center with a strong public service mission ... Skill, engagement, care and compassion are evident in every aspect of your center. As we prepared to return home, [these were] exemplified in our last interaction. Becky, the surgical resident on Anna's trauma care team, came in for a visit. She took Anna's hand, described the intense ownership she took over saving Anna's right leg, and gave her a simple direct message of hope for fulfilling life with amputations. Anna and the rest of our family will never escape the consequences of her accident, but we will always be grateful that when this happened she made it to Denver Health.

Sincerely,
Dr. William and Deborah Beninati