"HSS restored our mobility, and that's been so important to our lives"
Ann and Alan Mintz ski down mountains only accessible by helicopter, scale Himalayan peaks, and bike across challenging terrain. Their passion for extreme sports takes them around the world, and to HSS for care. Both have faced multiple repairs and replacement surgeries, but neither the aches and pains nor the more serious injuries slow them down for long. "HSS restored our mobility, and that's been so important to our lives," says Alan.
Sixteen years ago, Alan, now 72, suffered a knee injury on the slopes near Vail, Colorado, not far from their home. A local surgeon was ready to rush Alan into surgery when a friend urged him to a call Special Surgery for a second opinion, which led him to come to HSS for his care. "That advice made all the difference," recalls Alan.
Now, Ann and Alan come to HSS for all of their repairs and send everyone they know to the Hospital. "You really experience total care here, from the way they walk you through the surgery ahead of time, to how they can get you moving as soon as possible, and then back to your home and life," says Ann.
Gratitude for the care they received has led the Mintzes to become annual donors and also include HSS in their will, becoming members of the Hospital's Wilson Society. "HSS keeps people doing what they want to do," says Alan. "We want to help HSS provide as much benefit to others as possible."