Bob and his wife Mary after recovering from COVID-19, pneumonia, and respiratory failure.

Bob Vines and his wife, Mary, have been married for 29 years and have two children. They recently moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Bob works full-time as a prevention specialist. He enjoys photography, traveling, and listening to music.

After receiving his COVID-19 vaccine, Bob still contracted the virus. He also suffered from pneumonia and acute respiratory failure. Mary chose Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital for his extended care. Their insurance recommended NCLTAH, and after looking at the COVID-19 patient success stories, she knew it was a good fit.

Bob required a ventilator for 23 days but progressed rapidly when he arrived at NCLTAH. Thankfully his progression allowed him to wean off the ventilator in just a few days! Because of his quick turnaround, Bob transferred to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital to continue his recovery.

“I loved how every step of the way, they set reachable goals. The staff was very supportive in helping me reach my goals. I loved Dr. Pearson. He became such a good friend during my recovery and his medical advice was fantastic,” Bob said.

Bob loved his care team and appreciated the wonderful job they did to support him throughout his stay. Knowing how much time the staff spends on their feet, Bob wanted to buy comfortable shoes for all of them. Schnee’s Footwear and Dansko donated each pair for this wonderful cause.

“The kitchen staff was awesome and engaging. The PCT’s and nurses took the time to comfort me during this hard time. I am so grateful for their empathy,” Bob explained. He is back home now and loves sitting on his front porch relaxing. He has also spent more time with his family. “I am so blessed to be alive and couldn’t do it without these amazing hospitals!”