Emergency & Trauma


When Bob Michero had a skiing accident last January, he knew it was bad, but thought the pain would go away with time. As he drove home from Mammoth Mountain, he was hoping for the best, but over the next few days, he felt progressively worse.

Bob went to a local urgent care center, where he was told he needed to go to an emergency room — and he headed our way. “I always go to Huntington Hospital if I can,” he says. “I trust them. I’ve been to the emergency department before and I’ve always had great care there.”

Our medical professionals administered a series of tests, including an MRI and CT scan, to determine the extent of Bob’s injuries. When physicians came back to consult with him, he knew his injuries must be more severe than he had imagined: Through his longtime participation on the committee for our Fall Food + Wine Festival (an event that raises funds for Huntington Hospital Trauma Center), Bob is familiar with some members of our emergency and trauma staff — and he recognized one of his care team members as a trauma surgeon.

Bob had three broken ribs, a punctured lung and internal bleeding. He remained in the hospital overnight for care and monitoring. Even more seriously, he had a compression fracture of the spine, which would require surgery. Because he also had a severe concussion, however, he had to schedule the needed procedure for a later date.

Bob consulted with Richard Diehl, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who had previously operated on his knees. Dr. Diehl recommended that William Costigan, MD, who specializes in orthopedic and spine surgery, perform the specialized spinal procedure. “I absolutely knew I was in good hands,” Bob says, adding that the surgery went well. With physical therapy, he continues to make progress on the road to full recovery.

“I would recommend Huntington Hospital to anyone and everyone,” Bob says, “and I want to thank the staff for their incredible compassion, understanding, patience and expertise.”