June 2011

A Common Goal

I just finished reading your article [“One of These Docs is Doing Her Own Thing,” April], and I am impressed at how well you managed to explain the history of Denver Health. As an employee since 1997, I am aware of some of the changes that have taken place here. I started my nursing career here and have tried other places, but I found I couldn’t wait to get back. I have since learned that I am not the only employee to have left to explore other options but ultimately discovered that Denver Health’s mission is unlike any other.

I would like to add that it is also the employees who have bought into Dr. Gabow’s vision that have made a huge impact. While I think that what Dr. Gabow has accomplished is great, her mission ultimately rides on the quality of employees and their individual reasons for working here. If you were to poll the employees, I think you would find that the reason we are here is because we care. We want to give our patients the level of care we would give our families. We give the highest level of care possible once a patient walks into Denver Health. That’s what we are committed to.

Congratulations to Dr. Gabow for paving the way for many others with a passion for making level-one care available for all.
Cynthia Hester
RN, Denver Health Hospital

The article on Denver Health and Patricia Gabow was an interesting and worthwhile read. It was enlightening on many levels: from Ms. Gabow’s bold vision and unrelenting perseverance in affecting change in an entrenched system and a resistant-to-change culture, to an alarming glimpse into one segment of our ailing health-care system. Denver Health is an inspiration that will hopefully “infect” other corporate and institutional health-care systems with the bug to be equally bold.
Sandy Peletier


I just wanted to compliment Natasha Gardner on such a wonderful article about Margaret Brown [“Molly & Me,” March]. Gardner paints an amazing picture of an intriguing woman. You’ve convinced me to add the museum to my list of things to do before leaving Denver.
Eliza Alderman

Protecting Our Children

“The End of Innocence” [March] is not an easy story to read—or to write, I assume. Lindsey B. Koehler did a great job of holding up a mirror to reflect the faces of those who are responsible for a deficient system, which leaves the public with unanswered—and maybe unanswerable—questions and sick stomachs.
Nancy McCurdy
via email

In April’s “When the Rivers Rise” we misspelled Greg Pixley’s last name. We regret the error.