Denver’s Spanish-speaking doctors are fighting COVID-19 with their language skills. Their care goes beyond words.Denverite May 12, 2021
Gaby Frank was in Argentina in December 2019 when she first got reports about a new respiratory infection in China. The disease did not have a name. The reports from specialists around the world only mentioned multiple cases of pneumonia. Frank, who’s a hospitalist at Denver Health [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], is trained in managing viral outbreaks.
Pulmonary and critical care specialist Fernando Holguin [professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] spent most of the past year treating COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at UCHealth in Aurora. . . .Holguin, who’s originally from Mexico, is a certified Spanish translator at the hospital.
Denver Health hospitalist Lilia Cervantes [associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] came up with the idea for the study. Cervantes, who also provided Spanish-language intake services at the hospital, said that since the study covered hospitals that tend to have more experience treating people with limited English-language proficiency, the results don’t necessarily reflect the experiences of Spanish-speaking patients at hospitals overall.Read more