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Readers Say Thanks

The family of Bob Browning is grateful to God for his life, and for your friendship, comfort, kindness and prayers during his illness and our time of sorrow. We are thankful to have had the best medical care possible from so many medical professionals in our town, and in Denver and Grand Junction.

Our heartfelt appreciation to Bob’s personal physician, Dr. Susan Inscore, and the Chemotherapy Department at Valley View Hospital. We are eternally grateful to the Roaring Fork Hospice staff ” Dr. Al Saliman, Marcia Carlyle, Patti Miely, Molly Garland, Martha Sims, John Lutgring, Sherree Moore, Phyllis Zilm, Laura Hamm, Tim Heflin, and Susan Hakanson ” for their care, guidance, support and compassion that enabled our family to care for Bob at home in his last days with dignity and love.

The world has lost a wonderful man, but he has a special place in heaven, and we have beautiful memories to comfort us.


Mary Browning

Jennifer, Doug, and Reed Flentge

Brantley Browning

Glenwood Springs

Things have changed at Valley View Hospital in the past several years. I was a patient there several years ago. One night I was in severe pain. I rang the bell for the nurse and it seemed forever until an overworked and tired nurse showed up. She gave me a quick shot and hurried off to a new call.

Today things are different. When you ring the bell you get a nurse at your side almost immediately. My wife, Ruth, was recently operated on for a new hip. We arrived at 6 a.m., and a clerk named Betty was there to greet us and sign us in. She is always so polite and pleasant.

Next, we go to the operation prep room, where nurses promptly get you ready for the surgery. Finally, after you are feeling better, they move you to the therapy ward, where you start getting special treatment. Because you are not allowed to bend, they show you how to dress yourself and use special equipment. Now is when you start the real therapy training. They teach you how to get in bed, take a shower, walk up and down the stairs, and general exercise (things that we take for granted).

Dr. Derkash, who operated on Ruth, checks her in the morning to make sure things are going as scheduled. After many hours of therapy she is sent home, having the option of home therapy, where the nurses and therapist come to your house and show you how to deal with your new situation. We feel that the therapy ward shortened Ruth’s recovery and greatly reduced the chance of getting badly hurt.


Ruth and Eric Petrocco

Glenwood Springs

On Feb. 3 we heard the ultimate in piano playing of Antonio Ponysa-Baldi doing Mozart, Czerny, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Chopin. Delicate to forceful and articulate fireworks are what he displayed. Thank you Community Concerts for a wonderful and humbling gift.

Betsy Schenck


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