Webbs Spread Holiday Joy For Denver Health
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, Wilma, presented two checks totaling $30,000 to the Denver Health Foundation to be used to care for the indigent at Denver Health Medical Center. Paula Hertzmark, executive director of the foundation, accepted the donation during a luncheon at The Palm hosted by the couple. More than 40 members of Webb’s administration gathered at the downtown restaurant to celebrate the holiday season.
The couple has a long history fighting to keep the hospital viable and thriving. During her 13 years as a Colorado state representative, Wilma Webb added millions of dollars to Denver General, as it was formerly known, through her work on the Joint Budget Committee. Mayor Webb helped save Denver Health Medical Center during his administration (1991-2003) when he supported a new hospital authority, which financially restructured the hospital.
The facility serves as Colorado’s primary safety-net institution for
thepoor, and has provided billions of dollars in uncompensated medical care for the uninsured, pregnant teens, persons addicted to alcohol and other substances, victims of violence and the homeless.
The hospital has become a national model for public hospitals and safety-net facilities since the authority was formed.
Summer Of Violence Recounted Through The Power of Prayer And The Faith Of A Mother
Journey with Ollie Marie Phason, mother of Broderick Bill, the six-year-old who was shot between the eyes with a 9 mm gun and returned to school in the second grade just two months later as she shares her story, “Prayers For The Summer of Violence,” about a family with a Godless lifestyle of murder, drive-by shootings, molestation, drugs, and alcohol addiction. This is her family’s journey into finding God and the “power of prayer.”
Broderick Bell, who is now 32, survived during Denver’s 1993 summer of violence which left 74 dead. Even though the number of homicides was lower that year than in encompassing years, the outcome was different. People were more frightened. Much of the violence
wasgang related, and the violence had moved beyond the boundaries of the inner city.
During that time, Phason was also suffering from the loss of her father to another senseless act of violence. In her book, Phason shares how the “power of prayer” carried her and her family through this tumultuous time of their lives.
Editor’s note: For more information, email Marie Phason at mariephason23@gmail.com. “Prayers for the Summer of Violence” (ISBN: 978-1-64349-722-8) is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.