Prior to Daniel’s accident, he was in good health. For 26 years, Daniel worked as an electrical railroad technician with Union Pacific. He loves photography, trying new restaurants with his wife, Debbie, and traveling. He has four children and eight grandchildren.
On his way home from running errands one day, Daniel swerved to miss hitting a dog in the road. He wound up hitting another vehicle. Daniel suffered numerous injuries and complications from the accident. These included breaking both legs and feet and his sternum, requiring multiple surgeries. Daniel also suffered acute respiratory failure and required a ventilator.
After 26 days, Daniel transferred to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital (NCLTAH). He and Debbie chose NCLTAH at the recommendation of Daniel’s brother. A firefighter in Thornton, CO, his brother heard about the hospital’s great patient outcomes. Debbie toured the facility before the transfer and knew it was the right choice. She loved how involved families were in their loved one’s care plan. But most influential was when the spouse of another patient told her it was the “best care ever.”
“I made my decision to have Daniel come right then and there,” Debbie stated.
Daniel’s experience lived up to expectations. “The nursing care was awesome,” he stated, “and the therapists were always so happy. [They] really pushed you to get home faster. The meals were so good, and I loved that I could bring my dog into the front lobby!”
Dr. Mitri, Daniel’s physician, particularly stood out to the Morrisons.
“Dr. Mitri was outstanding driving my plan of care,” Daniel stated. “When I went to the acute rehab, he would come visit me weekly!”
Daniel made great progress at the long-term acute care hospital. When the time came to discharge to a rehabilitation facility, the choice was easy. Daniel transferred to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, which shares a campus with NCLTAH.
According to Daniel, two of his largest accomplishments was to stand again and then walk with a front-wheeled walker. His future goals including traveling again and returning to work.
“Putting the wheelchair in the garage and not having to use it again was one of the best feelings”
Thankful for the care they received at both hospitals, the Morrisons added, “We couldn’t have done it without you!”