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Area Hospitals Ready for Worst, Hope for the Best

September 02, 2008
DNC: Area Hospitals Ready for the Worst but Hope for the Best By Erin Frustaci, Fortcollinsnow.com August 21, 2008 Are you ready? That’s the question Chris Colwell has heard a lot lately. In fact, it’s probably a reoccurring one that he has even asked himself as hypothetical emergency scenarios have played over and over in his mind. As the associate director of the department of emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center and medical director for Denver paramedic division and Denver Fire Department, Colwell has played an integral role in developing a statewide plan for medical coverage during the DNC. Hospitals closest to the Pepsi Center, Invesco Field and other DNC event locations—which include Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver Health, Presbyterian-Saint Luke’s Medical Center and Saint Anthony Central Hospital—will be impacted the most, however call lists were created for possible overflow situations. “It increases our success rate because we are all part of the same team,” said Brad Steininger, safety officer at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital. “Knowing other people have your back is comforting.”