What is Health? When Zip Codes Determine Life Expectancy

What’s the difference between two people that live a mile and a half apart? About 13 years in life expectancy, if you’re comparing residents in Washington Park to those in the Valverde neighborhood of Denver, just east of I-25. It’s difficult to understand how someone in Valverde can expect to live to 72, while their… More

$15,000 Gift Helps High School Teens Prepare for a Career in Healthcare

Denver Health partners with Denver Public Schools on Faces for the Future (FACES) to identify at-risk students at Manual and West High Schools. In FACES’ two-year program, students from both schools receive job training, science education, and experiential learning in Denver Health’s clinical settings. In 2020, program administrators are also working with their Denver Health… More

Over 3,300 books provided to Reach Out and Read at Denver Health thanks to generous donation

Hundreds of young children visiting a Denver Health pediatrician’s office will receive a new or gently used book. Reach Out and Read Colorado supports literacy in young children, particularly those 6 months – 5 years old. This program empowers health care providers to talk with parents of young children, especially those from low-income families, about… More

From Ethiopia to Denver: a refugee’s journey to winning asylum

Selam vividly remembers the day she was arrested and tortured in Ethiopia. “I was on my way to pick up my daughter from school,” Selam recalls. “It was early afternoon and [the police] grabbed me from the middle of the street. They took me to the jail and then later took me to a worse… More

Grant and matching gift provide innovative telemedicine care to nearly 300 patients during COVID-19

Update as of March 30, 2021: More than 1,600 Virtual Health at Home kits, valued at $300 each, have been given to patients since the pandemic began in March 2020. Donors provided more than 60% of the funding to make this possible, ensuring that patients continued to receive excellent medical care in a virtual setting,… More

Frontline workers and donors come together to support a mom who delivered her baby at Denver Health and then found out she had COVID-19.

In late March, Ruth delivered her newborn son at Denver Health and shortly after discovered she had COVID-19. Even though she hadn’t had the opportunity to hold her child, she made the difficult decision to separate from her son, her five-year-old daughter, and her husband to keep them safe. She went on to spend the… More

COVID-19 frontline workers thank donors for their incredible support.

To Our Generous Donors, Everyone has had to sacrifice so much throughout these past few months as COVID-19 has integrated itself into all facets of our lives and the way we interact, socialize and live daily life. As frontline healthcare workers, we have had to adapt and overcome so much in a small amount of… More

$500,000 Helps Employees Facing Financial Hardship

Maintaining the physical and mental health of our workforce was crucial to Denver Health’s COVID-19 response. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, environmental service staff, and other frontline staff are worked long, exhausting shifts, exposing themselves to the virus and presenting them with the agonizing choice of being separated from their family members or putting them at risk.… More

Photo Gallery: Incredible Community Generosity During COVID-19

Update as of March 30, 2021: Throughout the past year, we’ve continued to receive remarkable community support through in-kind donations. More than 80,000 meals have been donated to feed our frontline workers and hundreds of thousands of items of PPE have been gifted to Denver Health from more than 100 individuals and corporations. We’re happy… More

One patient’s life changed after a transformative orthopedic operation

For nearly 40 years, Kemal Hebano lived with something that became normal to him, but looked to the world like a debilitating disability. A childhood injury and improper treatment of that injury had left him with a leg that was severely bent and a bad limp when he walked. By the time he was in… More