Children's Hospital Colorado

Former Patients Inspired to Work at Children's Hospital Colorado

The staff at Children's Hospital Colorado work hard to change the lives of patients and families everyday. Over the years, numerous patients have been so inspired by the care and warmth they received while being treated here that they chose to pursue a career at Children's Colorado. Read the stories of former patients who are now employees. 

Kaela Mattson: Living life to the fullest after brain surgery

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Kaela Mattson was 14-years-old when she began to have debilitating migraines. Thanks to the experts in the Neuroscience Institute, Kaela is now a thriving adult. She was so inspired by her treatment and experience at Children's Colorado, she's now an employee.

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Renee Allen: From the NICU to an Employee

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Renee Allen spent the first two-and-a-half months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital Colorado. Her experience inspired her to become an employee here in 2004, she recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary! Read the story of how the NICU changed Renee's life.

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Jennifer Barksdale: Spinal Fusion Surgery Changed My Life

Jennifer Barksdale was a patient of the Orthopedics Institute at Children's Colorado when she was 10-years-old. After her spinal fusion surgery completely changed her life, she was then inspired to become both a volunteer and an employee as an adult.

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Jason Kotas: A former patient falls in love at Children's Colorado

Headshot of Jason Kotas, former Children's Hospital Colorado cancer patient, with his wife Emily.

Jason Kotas was a patient of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders as a young adult. Seventeen years later he is the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Outreach/Education Program Manager at Children's Colorado. While working at the Courage Classic fundraising event he met his fiance, Emily.

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Jaime Katz: Former Hematology Patient Becomes a Clinical Nurse at Children's Colorado

Headshot of Jaime Katz, a child hematology patient who is now a clinical nurse at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The path to adulthood for Jaime Katz, clinical nurse III and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado, began with an unexpected diagnosis in her teen years. After a routine physical exam at age 16 revealed she had a low platelet count, Katz was diagnosed with an autoimmune blood disorder that can lead to excessive bruising and bleeding.

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