Patients and doctors express gratitude in crowded Colorado hospitals

Color Tree, Colorado (KDVR) – There has been a great deal of discussion about Hospital admissions on the rise Here in Colorado. More than 1,500 Coloradine residents were hospitalized with COVID on Thanksgiving.

These hospitalizations come on top of thousands of other patients the doctors treat for other diseases.

This is the second year that doctors and nurses have dealt with the pandemic. Although they are exhausted, this year they said they are grateful and hope things can change.

Charlene Lopez is the director of infection prevention at Sky Ridge Medical Center. She said her heart is full of thanks to her colleagues.

“I am very grateful that the scientific community is able to get vaccines out,” Lopez said. “We are seeing that people who are vaccinated have lower rates of getting COVID if they have a vaccine, so I am very grateful for that. I can’t say enough about the doctors and nurses because they have done a tremendous job caring for these patients. If there is gratitude from COVID. This is a gratitude to these nurses and these doctors.”

They are not just busy with COVID patients. Their hands were also filled with other patients, such as baby Violet.

The holidays came early for dad and mother Violet, first-time parents Jayden and Polly Lumba. They say they hope Violet gets through some of the season at home thanks to her doctor’s care.

“I went to prenatal on October 12, and I was born,” Polly Lamba said. “We are so grateful. I mean, the nurses and doctors here are angels on earth, and they are so amazing with our girl, we totally trust them to take care of her. So we are so grateful.”

Doctors say two big ways to say thank you for getting vaccinated and following local health orders are to keep more people out of hospitals so they can enjoy some family time, too.

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