What can I say to someone who’s done so much for me, who means so much to me,
who holds such an important place in my heart? All I can think of is thank you, thank you,
and thank you again. – From the Thank You card
There really are no words to thank you enough for all you’ve done for me. I thank God for you and that you were there the night of Nov. 27th. Thank you for saving my life. May God bless you always!
Thank you for praying with me that night – that meant so much to me.
I am grateful to all the people who helped in the OR. Everyone was so wonderful to me and to all my family. My family thanks you so much too.
Thank you so much.
Just saying “thank you” doesn’t seem enough. I hope you know how appreciated you really are. – From the Thank You card
Your kindness, empathy, & professionalism you showed my family will always be treasured.
I was going to send you this on “our anniversary.” It was a year ago November 6 that we first me and you saved my life.
I am doing well. The surgeries I had in July, left carotid subclavian bypass and the TEVAR, went well. My recovery period was short. I had an ultrasound in August and Dr. Liao said everything was flowing well.
Dr. Liao is a very good surgeon also. He was very surprised when he met me to be doing so well after what I had been through. I told him I had a great surgeon. At my post op meeting he was amazed at what a quick healer I am.
In January I will have a CT scan and another Ultrasound. Hopefully everything will look good.
I hope you and your staff has been doing well and I hope you all have a wonder Thanksgiving.
Know that you will surely be mentioned at our dinner table again this year as what we are thankful for.
I feel so profoundly happy that I just had to reach out to you and express how thankful and grateful I am to you for my life…the surgical procedure for my Coarctation of the Aorta was my miracle.
From the very first moment I met you in the ER and you explained the birth defect to me, I felt then I was in good hands. Then as the days progressed and the surgery day came & went, I felt that God’s hand had worked divinely through you to bring me healing.
You have such a comforting touch and I could feel your deep concern and amazement that I could still be alive. Right??!! So thank you! (I say you have the nest bedside manner ever!!)
You came into my life just at the right time to perform a miracle…I look at it as “divine timing” – Really, it’s nothing short of amazing & wonderful!!!
You saved my life, Patrick! Thank you!
I mean, really, God used you powerfully to bring healing, health, and wholeness to me. But not just physically, but spiritually.
This whole experience has taken me on a brand new joyful spiritual journey. I’ve always been a deeply spiritual person, and have always known that God was watching over my life, but this has been almost overwhelming and deeply profound…and I am so grateful to you and to God. So thank your for being open to God working through you and allowing God’s hand to work through your hands. You are such a blessing to me and I bless you!
PS – Please tell all of your staff for me thank you as well, they all were so kind and nice to me.
“A BIG THANK YOU” for all your care and good work. You are a wonderful doctor and your staff is kind and caring!
Thank you so much for your care, compassion, and amazing handy work with my surgery! Thank you for the outstanding care before, during, and after surgery! I feel very blessed to have landed in your hands as a patient. Hands down you are the best, thank you!
Thank you for your talent, skill, and for treating me like a person, not a patient!! Your thoughtfulness meant so much.
A quick note to express my gratitude for your care and expertise. I feel so blessed to have had you for my surgeon. Your gift and talent is allowing me to heal faster and without a horrible scar – and for that I am truly grateful.
Thank you for saving my husband’s life twice! The first was his aortic valve replacement in December 2013. The second surgery was February 2015. You had alerted us to a shadow that you observed on one of his cardiac test showed a cyst in his pancreas. the mass was successfully removed and the pathology revealed that it did, indeed, have cancer cells. Because it was found early, thanks to you, the prognosis looks very good.
I know this is your job, but I wanted you to know how very grateful we are to you.
May God continue to bless you and your work.
Your sponsorship is greatly appreciated. The success of PPTRC is in correlation to your support. Thank You!
In October 2012 you preformed a quadruple by-pass surgery on me. For the next two years, on the anniversary of that surgery, I have celebrated by hiking in the Cripple Creek area. Now it has been almost three years and I want you to know that I am still celebrating and I cannot thank you enough! I feel healthy and as exuberant.
I really appreciate your superior efforts on my behalf. My recovery is going so well, you and your team must have done a superior job! Thank you!
I also appreciate the manner in which my post-operation care was handled. I belive it was exceptional and I never had anything but good feelings about the care.
Well done to all involved!
On National Doctor’s Day, thanks for your commitment to a demanding field. Thanks to your super skill, my recovery is “moo”ving right along!
Both my wife and I would like you to know how very impressed and grateful we are for the excellent care and treatment we received at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. The operation and post-op recovery process went just as you had explained in our pre-op meeting.
You and the staff at Penrose Hospital certainly went beyond professionalism during my hospital stay! You and the management of the hospital should be commended for hiring people who really do care about their patients. We consider each and every one of them to be good friends. Merely saying, “Thank You!” just does not seem adequate.
I am currently nearing completion of Phase II cardiac rehabilitation at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City. The staff supervising my rehab exercise are also very dedicated and caring individuals. Just as you had predicated back in late August, it looks like I ill complete Phase II around Thanksgiving.
I would hope that we meet again it will be under different circumstances. Please know that we will always be in your debt.
It is hard to believe that Sept. 30th marked four years since my husband’s open heart and bypass. We celebrate and appreciate each day your medical skills and talents as allowed is to enjoy with him. He continues to do well and engage in steps to keep his heart healthy.
One year ago on the 11th of this month you operated on me and replaced two heart valves, repaired a third valve and installed a triple bypass. God has given you a wonderful gift and you use it well. Life is such a precious thing and you both saved mine and have given me an extension on my life. With all the money in the world you cannot buy an extension on your life; someone must give it to you.
It would not be a remembrance of my husband’s third year anniversary of his triple by-pass without the continued appreciation of your medical skills. Your gifts will always be a part of what he was given by you to each and every day. He continues to do well.
We encountered many, many miracles That day. One miracle was that Jason was entrusted to your care. We thank you for your calm explanations and especially taking the time to pray with Jason. We thank you for all your years of hard work and dedication to your skill. You are an asset to St. Anthony Hospital and the community.
May God bless you and your family in all that they do. Words truly can’t express our most sincere appreciation.
Jason, Jenna, and Violet Walker
Please let me and my wife (Donna), extend our deepest appreciation, for the open heart surgery you performed on her on 18 April, 2014. You and your team were exemplary. Prior to the surgery, you showed extreme compassion, kindness and was extremely courteous towards me and Donna, in explaining why specific heart problems (new valve, Aortic Artery repair etc.), had to be resolved, in order to extend my wife’s way of life. I truly appreciate your patience, during my anxieties, and helping me to understand the very nature of this critical procedure. You did an outstanding job, and both of us commend you for your knowledge and surgical skills. They are remarkable. If I ever have to undergo any procedure, dealing with any cardio ailment, I wouldn’t hesitate to ask you to perform the procedure. You’re a credit to the profession. Please thank your wonderful surgical staff, as well as Kelly, Lauren, Sarah and Derrick for being understanding, compassionate and caring, during the stressful times, my wife and I went through. Her recovery is remarkable (She’s recuperating fast). I’ve forwarded correspondence to the CEO of the hospital, indicating that you and your staff, as well as the CVU and ICU personnel, should receive some type of commendation, for your professionalism. I only wish more patients and the public would appreciate the sacrifices medical personnel go through, so others can live the prosperous life they choose. Dr. Mehall, Donna and I thank you and we appreciate you as a wonderful human being; and many thanks to your family, who understand the mission you’ve undertaken. They deserve credit as well. Dr. Mehall, thank you and God Bless you.
Frank & Donna Tennyson
While living and working in Vail, ski instructor Gus Nicholson suffered an injury. “Sometime in the early 2000’s,” he said. While he was rehabbing from the injury, a routine exam uncovered a heart murmur.
“The doctor asked if I knew I had a heart murmur,” said Nicholson. “I didn’t. I spent most of my life as an athlete, not knowing I had this condition.”
A cardiologist recommended immediate surgery, but Nicholson didn’t feel prepared to go through surgery and everything it would demand. “At the time I was stilly fairly asymptomatic,” he said.
Several years later, the 60 year old was living in Denver when he finally started experiencing symptoms. “I feel like I basically waited for technology to catch up with my lifestyle,” Nicholson said.
Having done some research and preparation, Nicholson knew he wanted a minimally invasive procedure. He narrowed his choice to the Mayo Clinic, or Dr. John Mehall, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.
“While I was preparing and doing some research, Dr. Mehall’s name re-emerged and he quickly became my first choice,” said Nicholson.
“My wife, son, and I went to see him and he sold me on the procedure and everything that came with it,” he said. “He was very honest, had a great manner, and made me feel very confident in the physician and the facilities.”
Nicholson was equally impressed with the care he received during his experience at Penrose-St. Francis. “The intensive care nurse took such great care of me,” he said. “Dr. Mehall was always accessible, always took the time to talk to me and he always had a great bedside manner.”
As an unexpected benefit, Dr. Mehall was able to set up Nicholson’s family in the John Zay Guest House, a “Home Away From Home,” directly across from Penrose Hospital, for eligible patients and family members of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.
“Having my family stay at the guest house worked out terribly well,” Nicholson said. “We are very grateful for that opportunity.”
These days, Nicholson is feeling great and says “I’m right where I should be. It was definitely the right thing to do at the right time.”
I recall feeling badly that she and the team had to do surgery on Saturday morning but they assured me it was fine with them. From that moment to the present it has been a journey we never could have anticipated. In a word, we are extremely grateful for the ongoing care we continue to receive.
On Saturday Dr Kim performed quintuple heart by-pass. Before the surgery I told her she was God’s gift to us at a critical time. That has not changed.
We had friends, literally around the world, praying for Dr Kim that the surgery would go well and healing would come. It did and it has.
The surgery lasted nine hours due to all that needed to be done. That included harvesting of leg vein and mammary artery, ablation for atrial fibrillation, removal of the left atrial appendage and five by-passes.
The fragility of my heart tissues called for extreme care. Dr Kim and her team more than met the challenge. My waiting family was updated during the procedure.
I was in the ICU for four days and the cardiac floor an additional six days. When I returned home Dr Kim and her staff were in frequent contact with my wife and visiting nurses. During that time I experienced shortness of breath so we returned to the hospital for further tests. I had developed a small pulmonary embolism and fluid around the lungs which they treated successfully.
During my hospital stay Dr Kim stopped by my room each morning when she wasn’t in surgery and in the evening before leaving the hospital. I was deeply appreciative of these contacts.
The care was beyond what we could have hoped for. After the ICU and cardiac floor I was released to go home. That started the nursing and physical therapist treatments.
When they determined I was ready and off oxygen I went to cardiac rehab. That, too, continues to be a rewarding experience with a dedicated, professional staff. The rehab will end shortly and I’ll be back to the gym and “normal” activity ••• whatever that may be for a 77 year old after by-pass!
When I share with friends my time with Dr Kim and her staff they are envious. With good reason. I am an impatient patient so their extra time and care were eagerly accepted.
Thank you Dr Kim and staff, you have come into our lives at a critical time. Obviously what you have done was literally life changing and we are forever in your debt.
My wife and I have offered “thank yous” but that seems like so little for doing so much. That said, here it comes again ••• thank you, thank you, thank you. We are way beyond grateful.
God bless you all.