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Maybe it was a moment of compassion or healing, a small act of kindness or as we call it, a defining moment, that made a difference in your life.
Whether you’re a patient or a family member, a medical provider or a Parkview employee, please take a few minutes to read these defining moments shared by others – and then share your own Parkview defining moment with us.

Making goals and hitting her stride

With the help of Parkview Medical Center and Dr. Lucas King, Cara Siegel helps push the tempo for CSU-Pueblo Women’s soccer.

Imagine having to choose between surgery or giving up a game you’ve loved and played since you were a toddler.

For Cara Siegel, there was never really a choice and Parkview Medical Center was there to help keep her athletic career alive and kicking.

“I started doing soccer when I was 4 years old,” Cara said. “Soccer was my first love and the sport I’m best at. A lot of people think that it’s not that challenging. But it’s a tactical and mental game at the same time, especially when you’re on this level.”

Cara is a starting outside midfielder for the Colorado State University-Pueblo women’s soccer team. Cara was originally recruited as a forward but was put into the midfield position shortly into her freshman year with the Thunderwolves.

Cara Siegel kicking soccer ball

Open-handed Progress

Parkview Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehab has helped Brian Moore recover movement in his arm and legs following a stroke and subsequent surgeries.

In any patient’s path to recovery there are obstacles.

For Brian Moore, it’s no different, but he sees them as something to get used to, and then get beyond.

“A lot of people give up right away,” he said.

But Brian said he’s looking forward to engaging in another round of rehabilitation with Parkview Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation team, located in the YMCA building on Spaulding Avenue.

Brian Moore

Fine Love

For the Fine family this Mother’s Day, they wore their heart not on their sleeve but as a logo emblazoned on their red T-shirts.

Built into the logo for Loveworks is a reference to the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Corinth:

“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not boast. It is not proud.”

The Fines, along with friends from their Rocky Mountain Baptists Church in Pueblo, spread love to the new mothers in Parkview Medical Center’s Birth Place just a few days prior to Mother’s Day.

Fine Family

A Friend's Gift

Verna Duzenack’s gift of tissue will help up to 12 people suffering from burns, cancer or other trauma.

Verna Duzenack loved to knit.

She loved trains and baking and listening to her friend Frank Davied preach to word of God.

But it was Verna’s final gift that has helped improve the lives of burn victims and cancer and trauma patients throughout the region.


Piqued Interest

Xavier Ada wants to go into health care following his volunteer work at Parkview Medical Center

Xavier Ada wants to be a surgeon.

Of that, he’s certain. But he’s still open to the types of procedures he’d like to specialize in and the 16-year-old high school junior has some time to figure it out.

For now, Xavier’s interactions with the health care sector come in the form of volunteerism, something he’s been doing since the summer of his freshman year.

Xavier Defining Moment

Finding Her Way

Alanna, 15, plans to volunteer at Parkview for years.

A hospital the size of Parkview Medical Center can seem like a big place with a lot of people to the uninitiated.

It’s not just nurses and doctors that make the place go.

There are dietitians, environmental service workers, facilities and maintenance experts, lab technicians, pharmacists and clerical workers.

Alanna Burns Defining Moment

Life Interrupted

Diane Swan’s first hospital stay in 33 years allowed Parkview doctors and staff to shine

Diane Swan is living her dream.

As a child she lived in a number of places, but the mountains of Colorado always held sway in her heart. So when she and her husband reached a point in their lives where they could heed the call of the mountains, Diane said she brought her Maryland-born hubby westward.

Diane Swan

Nursing Strong Connections

Parkview Mobile Nurses work with area businesses to promote a healthy community.

Parkview Medical Center’s Mobile Nurses are never shy in the way’s they reach out to the Pueblo Community.

Known for their energetic presentations, often involving costumes, about everything from hands-only CPR to nutrition, the mobile nurses make the communities of Southern Colorado their clinics, but their outreach extends into area businesses too.

Pueblo County Defining Moment

You're Not Alone

Cid Gonzales has little problem talking about a subject most people won’t touch.

But after six years and facing down the rest of his life wearing an ostomy bag, the last thing he wants to do is let it hinder his life or the lives of others in situations similar to his.

“My philosophy is that I can still walk upright and I’m not dying,” Cid said. “You can make as normal a life out of this as you want.”

Cid is one of the original members of a new support group at Parkview Medical Center aimed at helping patients live with an ostomy prosthetic device on a temporary basis, or in Cid’s case, a permanent one.

Cid Gonzales Defining Moment

Wake-up Call

When Deb Hinkle woke up one night in excruciating pain, she knew something was terribly wrong.

“My husband asked if I was OK and I said ‘Nope,’” Deb said. “I told him we were going to the hospital or I was going to die tonight.”

The pain was a surprise. Exercise is an important part of Deb’s life and she had been a regular attendee at her gym, usually three times a week for much of her adult life.

But the terrible pain that woke her that night, on her lower right side, seemed to be getting worse by the minute.

“I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, so based on my reactions, my husband knew I was in trouble before I did,” Deb said.


Early Arrivals

The first time Joidawn and Jace Noe met Dr. Michael Growney, an OB/GYN with Women’s Health Center, was when Joidawn was making her way through the doors of Parkview Medical Center.

Joidawn had always planned to have her baby daughter, Peyton, at Parkview; just not two months before she was due.

“We were in Higbee and it was my first time deer hunting,” Joidawn said. “We had been out all morning and my water broke. I was kind of in shock.”

Noe Family

New and Improved

Parkview Orthopedics’ Dr. Lucas King repaired MaLeigha Menegatti’s broken ankle and she went on to set a personal record in track.

A scar; a few inches long, just above MaLeigha Menegatti’s right ankle, is the only sign that the young athlete was sidelined for weeks following an injury.

“This was my first big injury,” MaLeigha said. “I’ve had a couple ankles rolls here and there but nothing like this.”

The timing couldn’t have been worse.

MaLeigha, at the time, was a high School senior playing volleyball at Pueblo West High School. The team was preparing for a run at the state title. But during a morning practice, a teammate landed awkwardly on MaLeigha’s leg and she knew it was a bad one.

Maleigha Motion

Powering Ahead

Rebecca Wasil shows people how to “own their power” through her recovery from a stroke

Rebecca Wasil’s office is filled with art.

There are woven bands of fabric and whimsical streetscapes of Pueblo all done by her students at Pueblo Community College. Then there’s the small kaleidoscope of zinnias from her personal garden that sits on her desk, overlooking a poster that’s stuck onto the desk’s side that offers a humorous apology that her brain might not be working correctly.

To any outsider, the office is reminiscent of someone who loves her job and has been entrenched there for a while. But for Rebecca, who works as the disability resources advisor at PCC, it’s a testament to what she’s been through and the mileposts ahead of her.

“It’s really important for me to help people own their power and to empower them,” she said. “It’s big part of my recovery.”

Rebecca Wasil

Ruff-reshing Recovery

When Harold Bauch stood gingerly and stretched out his right arm to flick a rope ring down a hallway, it was a big deal.

Bauch was about a week into his recovery from hip surgery, and the simple motion helped him start to get used to moving again. One of his therapists during the session was a bit out of the ordinary: an affable, floppy eared, black Labrador retriever named Sarge.

“I love him,” Bauch said. “At home I live with my cousins and they have these two puppies that are fantastic and I latched onto them. And what I do is I give them snacks and when the door opens downstairs they’re screaming and running over there to get their snacks.”

Bauch said playing with a dog, even though he’s working on recovering from surgery, gives him a taste of home.

Sarge and Patient

Marilyn's Miracles

Marilyn Blunn is a beneficiary of Parkview Orthopedics’ top surgeons and broad spectrum of care and she wouldn’t go anywhere else

Marilyn Blunn is not one to sit still.

Her 75 years has led her to careers in social services, an assembly line and starting her own janitorial business.

She’s camped, backpacked, skied and played golf.

She’s been in car accidents and motorcycle accidents and in the last year-plus, with the help of the surgeons at Parkview Orthopedics and the nurses and staff at the Joint Center, Parkview Medical Center’s Joint Commission-certified orthopedics floor, she’s felt better than she has in at least the past five.


Lessons for Life

Diabetes runs in Dr. Patti Canchola’s family.

“On my father’s side, there’s a very high incidence of diabetes and also a predisposition to weight control problems,” she said. “I always struggled with weight control, even as a child.”

But it wasn’t until she was well into her adulthood that Parkview Medical Center’s Diabetes Care center gave her the tools to manage her diet, weight and keep away from a family inheritance.


Giving Back and Doing Something for Someone

Every Wednesday morning, Ardell hops in her car and drives the 40 miles east from Canon City to Pueblo to volunteer at Parkview Medical Center.

At 80, Ardell has been volunteering with Parkview since 2002.

“I think I wanted to give back and do something for someone,” she said. “I think it’s important not to stay in the house and vegetate.”


Producing positive results

When it comes to food, you’ll never know if you like it until you try it.

For Theresa and Gerald McLaughlin, that axiom has led them on a weight loss adventure that, with the help and guidance of Parkview Medical Center’s mobile nurses, allowed them to shed dozens of pounds in less than a year.

Defining Moment

Ray and Leotus

After years of working, Leotus' hip needed a replacement. She and her husband, Ray, share their story on how they healed together.

Leotus has also been a volunteer at Parkview for many years. She is happy to be back to volunteering and is able to walk around without the pain she had before.

Ray: "There was no question in my mind that she was going to go into the best, because I was treated like a king when I was there."

Ray was also a patient at Parkview when he received treatment for a stroke. He shares his journey in this video. You can also find more information on our continuum of care for stroke patients by clicking here. Leotus said, "I felt when I walked in there that he was getting the very best care they he could get anywhere, so I never had a doubt in my mine that he should be anywhere else" when she spoke of Ray's stay at Parkview.

Leotus and Ray

Hearts that matter

It had been 40 years since Cindy Grant had her last surgery. So a recent heart procedure presented a sense of fear and a stumbling block to her time with her husband, her garden and the keepsake rocks she paints with whimsical and joyful designs.

But the professional staff at Parkview put her at ease and the treatment she received has her back on her feet doing what she loves. To learn more about Cindy’s story follow the link.


  • Jenna

    Positive Perspective

    For Jenna Fisher, an administration representative for Parkview Medical Center’s admissions department, access to Colorado’s stunning beauty would never have been possible without the ultimate gift from two young people.

    “I was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, so pretty much only half of my heart worked,” Fisher said. “I was listed at 8 months old for a transplant and received one at 10 months old.”

  • Maria

    Mighty Maria

    Life can be very tough with type 1 diabetes. My 10 year old daughter Maria was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on February 15, 2012 and it changed our lives forever. We have spent a number of nights at Parkview Medical Center's Emergency Room and we continue to receive excellent care.

  • Kaitlyn

    Both ends of the spectrum

    "I can honestly say I believe Parkview is the best place to work and receive care because I have been on both sides. I work as an RN and gave birth at Parkview, but was relieved to have them on my side when complications arose when giving birth."

  • Tina

    Where I was meant to be

    The CEO, Mike Baxter knew my name before I even said I would take the job. How impressive is that? I was told about the hospital being Community owned and all the community activities that they participated in. I’ve never felt so wanted, invited and like I belonged.

Setting Records

"I believe where you live shouldn't dictate if you live", Renee Elwell, Director of Emergency Services. What makes Parkview great is we are always finding ways to improve ourselves to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

A real game changer

"Personal touches made the difference." Jeff and Dacia Shaw delivered at Parkview Medical Center, but when complications arose after birth, our Special Care Nursery was able to help the family get the care they needed for their newborn close to home.

"Getting placed in Parkview's Special Care Nursery was a game changer for us. They have taken the steps so babies like ours that are sick don't have to go out of town for care."

Bionic baker

“I feel bionic,” she joked as she rolled out the ingredients for a blueberry pie in the kitchen of her Pueblo home.

Prior to 2014, Petricia could do very little to move her arms without pain. Roughly 25 years as a cosmetologist, keeping her arms and hands at just such an angle to cut and style hair, wore a path for arthritis to set into her shoulders.


  • Aaron Elson

    A Lifelong Tie

    It was a split-second decision that changed two lives.

    Seven years ago, Aaron Elson, an analyst with Parkview Medical Center’s information technology department, heard an old high school friend was in need of a kidney.

    “He was a guy who everybody looked up to.” Elson said. “We played sports together. He was smart, got good grades, he was somebody I looked up to.”

    But Elson’s quick decision to get tested as a possible kidney donor didn’t hinge just on schoolyard respect. As a father himself, Elson knew that his friend needed the kidney to be there for his then 3-month-old daughter.

    On dialysis for more than two years, Elson’s friend had 10 percent of his kidney function. His blood type was O.

  • Always here

    We treat our patients like they are our own family members.

    We work on regaining patients' mobility and strength, trying to them home and productive like they were before they had joint problems. Once you leave the hospital, we can continue individualized therapy at your home so you have a safe recovery.

  • Back to back

    Back surgies can be scary and hamper your daily activities.

    With the specialized care, top neuro unit and amazing physicians, you can be back to activities quicker than you think. William had surgery with Dr. Keith Norvill and is open about his healing and experience with Parkview.

    Our Neuro-Trauma ICU is special because of the people and the care they give. Every patient is important and unique which helps patients during their healing time.

  • The goal is to get them home

    There's something unique about every patient that comes into our doors, and we do a great job of listening to that individual.

    There is a continuum of care from when they first enter the hospital to when they leave.

    Our rehab facility help stroke patients get the care and rehabilitation they need to go back to their every day activities. The rehab facility is equipped with tools that help provide patients adequate practice before they go home to ensure they can manage being home.


Parkview is family

Parkview is family for me. I have the opportunity to work with my father and mother in law.

My favorite part of the day is being in the room with the patient. Seeing patients is the best part of my job and I appreciate the time I get to spend with them.


More than just a place to work

Parkview has always been a special and important home for me. I am proud to say that I have been a patient, volunteer, visitor and employee here at our medical center. When I look at my past experiences with Parkview, one particular event stands out the most.

On Aug. 8, 2013, my fiancé, girlfriend at the time, was having high blood pressure, back pain and nausea and was admitted to Parkview after being seen in the Emergency Room. She was also 33 weeks pregnant with our daughter.


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