• Bill Foreman

    annualreport , aurora , rehab


    Every workday for 33 years, Deputy Bill Foreman would get up, look in the mirror, and remind himself that his bullet hadn’t been made yet. It was a motto he and his fellow officers held on to for mental focus in their dangerous law-enforcement jobs. But on Feb. 10, Bill’s “bullet” came in the form of a large pickup truck.

  • Lynda Joy Offutt

    Generally, when doctors tell patients they have a tumor growing on their spine, it’s not welcome news. But when Sky Ridge Medical Center doctors told Lynda Joy Offutt and family that a tumor was crushing the Lone Tree mother’s spinal cord, the Offutts were nearly ecstatic. “My husband was thrilled. My kids were thrilled. I was bawling hysterically, mostly out of relief,” she says.

  • Bob Moore

    annualreport , burn , swedish


    Last fall, when 3-year-old Preston Moore, an energetic little “Daddy’s boy,” picked up the bottle of lighter fluid that would change his life, his father saw him do it. But as little Preston bolted toward the recently-lit barbecue, all Bob Moore could do was watch in helpless horror as his son squirted the liquid on the grill, his body erupting in flames.

  • Mary Bostic

    When Mary Bostic was given a tour of the treatment center where she would undergo six rounds of chemotherapy in the coming weeks, the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient had an unexpected reaction. Seeing mostly women patients chatting, reading, napping and being attended to in their line of lounge-chair-like recliners, Mary quipped: “This looks like the spa!”

  • Stan Janiec

    annualreport , cardiac , heart , rose


    For nearly a decade, Stan Janiec endured more drugs and electrical shocks to his chest than he cares to remember. As his doctors worked to control his atrial fibrillation, a misfiring of the heart’s electrical signals causing an uneven heartbeat, it became increasingly persistent and less responsive to treatment. Eventually, it began robbing the 71-year-old of the life he had envisioned for his golden years.

  • Janet Braccio

    annualreport , psl


    For nearly two years, Janet Braccio ran and hiked on a painful hip, reluctant to admit her always-fit body needed medical attention. But after turning 55, Janet finally listened to her friends and physical therapist, who said she shouldn’t suffer anymore. She went to the doctor and received the shock of her life.

  • Katrina Journey

    airlife , annualreport


    She and her father had just crossed the Kansas border, when Katrina Journey punched her obstetrician’s number into her cellphone. Although her due date was six weeks away, what she thought were harmless Braxton-Hicks contractions had intensified, alarming the soon-to-be, first-time mom. Her doctor’s instructions: Find the nearest hospital.

  • Lindsey Wilson

    annualreport , cmfh , rmhc


    As soon as the picture of their twin boys appeared on the ultrasound monitor, Lindsey and Mark Wilson knew something was drastically wrong. One twin appeared stuck, as if shrink-wrapped, to the side of the uterus, while the other fetus was floating around in a sea of fluid. If nothing were done soon, both of their unborn babies would probably die.

  • Stevie Vigil

    annualreport , rehab , spalding


    The night he ended up in a medically-induced coma, Nash (Stevie) Vigil had been helping a friend fix his car. The two had finished and were driving to a restaurant when another vehicle T-boned their car, crashing into Stevie’s passenger side. The impact propelled the 24-year-old’s head sideways, slamming it into his buddy’s head.

  • Mandy Banks

    airlife , annualreport , stroke , swedish


    Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. Thanks to the rapid thinking by the Rose Medical Center treatment team during an MRI, the team recognized the American Stroke Association’s and sprung into action.