Update: 12:30 p.m. November 22, 2022
Of the seven patients originally brought to Centura Penrose Hospital from the scene of the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs, four have been treated and discharged and three remain at our hospital in stable condition. We again offer our healing prayers for all the victims of this senseless act, and we give gratitude to our incredible caregivers for their tireless efforts to provide whole person care to the victims, their families, and to one another.
A message from Peter D. Banko, Centura Health CEO
Originally posted November 20, 2022
This morning, we awoke with shock and that sickening feeling to the devastating news coming from our community. Last night, at least five are dead and twenty-five were wounded in yet another senseless act of violence targeting the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. We wait with heavy hearts and sadness while more details continue to emerge.
Centura Penrose Hospital and its entire team quickly and adeptly responded to the incident, compassionately, kindly, and lovingly caring for seven patients. Two of those patients remain in critical condition. I am eternally grateful and appreciative for our incredible caregivers and physicians, the first responders, and the entire Colorado Springs community for their exceptional response to the events. Thank you!
There are really never any good words to describe these acts of violence. Right now, we lift up the victims and their families. We pray for them in their loss and in their mourning and grief. We also support the survivors who may face a lifetime of recovery. Thank you to our neighbors and patrons at the nightclub who boldly stepped in to end the violence.
Colorado has had more mass shootings than most communities around our country. Violent crime is up. At Centura, we have seen a rise in acts of incivility towards our team members. There is never any excuse for violence. There is never justification for any individual to impose themselves on another person or group.
I am so proud and privileged to work in a ministry committed to Social Justice and which has made such significant progress in advancing inclusiveness and valuing differences inside our four walls and in our flourishing communities. All people are made in the image of God and all people are the children of God. Every person belongs to a single, interconnected human family and we all have the task of caring for and nurturing all creation. In both words and in action, we must stand firmly with our LGBTQ+ caregivers, patients, and community to fight their oppression and injustice.
This does not have to be our new normal. We should be able to feel safe going out with our friends in the evening. We should be able to feel safe in our schools and our movie theaters and our communities. We need to see change because we continue to lose far too many lives.
It is in these dark moments that we must join together in community – body, mind, and spirit. Loving neighbors supporting loving neighbors. Real people partnering with real people.
Peter D. Banko
President & CEO, Centura Health