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HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center Hosts Burn Survivor Reunion

Swedish Medical Center serves the south Denver metro area as a Level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center.

HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center Hosts Burn Survivor Reunion
Englewood, CO, February 09, 2019 --( HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center, a level I trauma center and the Rocky Mountain region’s primary trauma referral center, hosted a powerful and uplifting reunion for burn survivors in celebration of National Burn Awareness Week. Patients gathered to reunite with their doctors, nurses, and first responders in this first annual event.

The reunion featured speakers Benson Pulikkottil, MD, Lily Daniali, MD, and motivational speaker Chris Griffin. The theme, “from surviving to thriving,” set an inspirational tone throughout the gathering as patients shared their stories of trauma, grief, and encouragement.

“It’s important that we do something for our survivors so that they know there is a community here to give support and strengthen their journey,” said Dr. Benson Pulikkottil, Medical Director of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado at Swedish Medical Center.

At the conclusion of the reunion, the burn survivors were invited to attend the Burn Survivor Support Group, a monthly support group offered through the hospital, “The recovery of a burn survivor and family really starts when they are discharged. There is not just a physical healing component, but emotional as well,” said Lindsay DeSantis, Burn Quality Manager at Swedish Medical Center. “This support system allows for them to share in their experiences and grow together as a community of survivors.”

The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado at Swedish Medical Center sees both adult and pediatric patients from a multi-state region. The comprehensive center offers a dedicated inpatient critical care unit, two operating rooms, and an outpatient clinic. Over 4,000 burn patients were treated last year alone.

To learn more about the Swedish Medical Center Burn Survivor Support group, contact Lindsay DeSantis,

About Swedish

Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south Denver metro area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at
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Swedish Medical Center
Kara Hamersky
(303) 817-5708

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