COVID-19 patient sends his ‘most sincere thanks’ to his Memorial Hospital North care team

Nov. 13, 2020

Keith Klaehn, a former Army Command Sergeant Major (the highest rank for an enlisted soldier in the military) and combat veteran, fought an enemy unseen last spring, COVID-19.

He enlisted the help of an army of nurses, doctors, techs, respiratory therapists and physical therapists – and chaplains – at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North to see him through a war that ended with a soldier’s ultimate dream: homecoming.

“Words alone cannot adequately express my deep appreciation and gratitude for all the professionals here at Memorial North. Even as an old soldier, I don’t know that I have seen courage like I’ve seen here,’’ Klaehn said.

“I cannot say enough about the staff at MHN. I am here because of them, and I am extremely grateful for them.’’

“I was released over 6 months ago and recovery is still a process, and a daily reminder of the blessings we owe to our lifesaving caregivers,’’ Klaehn said. “I remain in awe of their compassion, dedication and personal sacrifice in the face of so much suffering and loss, made all the more impactful in having to also fill the role of the loved ones who cannot be there in person.

“My very large and very grateful family send our most sincere thanks to all of these courageous professionals.’’

About the author

Erin Emery is editor of UCHealth Today, a hub for medical news, inspiring patient stories and tips for healthy living. Erin spent years as a reporter for The Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Sun. She was part of a team of Denver Post reporters who won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting.

Erin joined UCHealth in 2008, and she is awed by the strength of patients and their stories.