Jean Corcoran - When Every Second Counts

Vail resident, Jean Corcoran, has successfully managed her Type 1 diabetes with medication and a healthy lifestyle for more than 40 years. But when her insulin pump malfunctioned on the evening of June 16, 2017, she experienced a frightening hypoglycemic incident that nearly claimed her life.

Jean’s husband, Paul Corcoran, D.D.S., was exercising at the gym while she caught up on her work at their dental office in the village. Paul planned to return at 9 pm to pick Jean up and head home together. In a fortunate twist of fate, Paul returned an hour earlier than expected. He walked into the office and found Jean slumped over at her desk and completely unconscious. 

Paul rushed her to Vail Health’s Emergency Department (ED) and the emergency team, led by Dr. Gordon Hardenbergh, took quick action to stabilize her. Jean’s health was quickly restored, but says she will be forever grateful to those who saved her life.

“It was a horrendous night for Paul and one I would not have survived if it were not for the emergency team at Vail Health. Their teamwork was incredible… absolutely flawless, professional, and efficient. We are so blessed that they dedicate their lives to saving ours.”

-Jean Corcoran, grateful patient