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Susan Zalatan

Susan Zalatan shared her husband Tony’s hospital infection story with the Stop Hospital Infection Campaign and later both became dedicated advocates for a public disclosure law in Colorado. After contracting a staph infection at a Denver-area hospital, Tony spent 54 days in a coma and doctors amputated his left leg, right foot and five fingertips. Although the couple was physically, emotionally and financially impacted by the infection, they made a commitment to advocate for a disclosure law so that other people would be less likely to get a hospital infection. They testified at public hearings and interviewed with local and statewide media. Their story gave legislators the perspective of living with and surviving a hospital infection. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) and Colorado Public Interest Research Group (COPIRG) were also part of the Colorado coalition.