It’s rare that an organization tries to implement strategies to decrease their business. But since the St Anthony Hospital system is focused on HEALTH as a primary priority, the steps they have taken are designed to actually decrease hospital visits.

From the Level 1 Trauma Center to the Comprehensive Stroke Center, Heart and Vascular Care and legendary Emergency Department and Flight for Life, St Anthony programs provide exemplary and state of the art care. And the novel concept of community health centers to pre-diagnose and address potential health problems presents a state of the art approach to managing health care.

Over 900 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency Denver Saturday night to celebrate and support the St Anthony Health Foundation. President and CEO Jeff Brickman described the vision of health care returning to the dynamic that he experienced as a kid, traveling around with his physician Grandfather in his Buick Electra and making people well, one household at a time.

Group Chief Development Officer Shelley Thompson thanked everyone for their support, past and future, and Reggie Rivers brought his usual joviality to the paddle raiser and Heads or Tails game (with the inevitable Broncos jokes intertwined).

Guests also heard from physician co-chairs Dr. Paula Dennen and Dr. Michael Brunko through video highlights, and honorary chairs Becky and Chuck Morris also expressed their deep support for St Anthony’s, whose Flight For Life program saved Becky’s life after a critical accident many years ago.

Chuck Morris then introduced the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, celebrating their 50th anniversary and still going strong. He has represented them since back in the Tulagi days in Boulder in the ’70s.

The entire program was an illustration of the pride and caring that goes into the St Anthony Hospital group. Since the Sisters of Saint Francis arrived in Denver in 1893 and opened St. Anthony Hospital, they continue to serve our community and be one of the best places to go in times of sickness and injury. 122 years later, they help everyone in Colorado strive for vibrant health from the day they are born.