September 29, 1957 ~ October 22, 2015

Born in: Pueblo, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

F. Michael Vislosky born on Sept. 29, 1957, passed away on Oct. 22, 2015. Michael leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Frances Vislosky; his two daschund 'boys' Jordan Marsh and Dunster; his aunt, Midge Kochevar; special cousins, John and Sue Kochevar, Mike, Dianne and James Taravella, Kathleen Kerrigan and many other Vislosky and Kochevar cousins and relatives. Preceding him in death were his cherished dogs, Cederic and Zelda. Mike knew at a very young age his passion was to serve and educate in the medical profession. He received his nursing diploma from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently, he worked in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital providing cardiac care until 1990 when he returned to Pueblo, bringing with him his extensive expertise in this area. He worked at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center and served in the areas of Critical Care, Neuroscience, Trauma and Nursing Education. He was instrumental in developing the SMC Traumatic Brain Injury program and obtaining certification for the Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Michael also co-authored many publications in professional journals. Michael is continuing his passion for education after his death through the donation of his body to the University of Colorado Medical Bioscience Center. A special heartfelt thanks to Joe Zupancic, Charli Haines and Pam Kiefer, the doctors and nurses at St. Mary Corwin Hospital and Sangre de Cristo Hospice who cared so much for him. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at St. Mary's Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave. We will greatly miss Michael's sense of humor and loyalty to his family and friends. In lieu of flowers and food, the family respectfully asks for donations to be made the Michael Vislosky Scholarship Fund in care of SMC Health Foundation, 1008 Minnequa Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Michael, worked with you in the MGH Emergency Room in Boston, MA; closest friends since 1983. Love you, will miss you for ever; best memories of all the wonderful and fun times spent together, at work and socially. Will always be missing your infectious laughter and your total sense of fun, coupled with your huge impact on the Nursing profession, first here in Boston, and later in Pueblo. I don’t want to say farewell, but……….. Be thinking of you each time that I play “I’ll Be Seeing You” on the piano, thanks so much for being you, Mike!

  2. Mike taught me both while i was in nursing school, working at St. Mary Corwin, for ANCC, and a multitude of other things. He made me laugh when things got hard, but made the hard things understandable. I will never forget him. He has touched the world with his genius and the legacy of his genius that he has passed on to so many others. Your presence will be severely missed. Condolences to his family, and friends. Blessed Be Papa Mike.

  3. I began working with Mike Vislosky when he first arrived at the Intensive Care Unit in Pueblo. It was obvious to all of us working in such units that Mike was well trained, having come from the ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a tremendous addition to the care of the very sick individuals that are found in such units. It was a privilege to work with Mike as his efforts made our work easier and made us better able to help our patients. Mike proved to be a fantastic teacher, organizer and director of staff members of our critical care units. Working with Denver hospitals and ICU care givers there, and they knowing that I was from Pueblo, always passed on to me praises of Mike’s teaching and organizing skills. Mike’s contributions to Intensive Care Medicine will always be remembered by those who worked with him and learned from him.
    Carl E. Bartecchi, MD

  4. I went to high school with Mike, met up with him again years later in the nursing profession. He was a great teacher very inspirational in his teachings during inservices. I had the utmost respect for his knowledge in nursing. RIP Mike.. Lena Mulay-Ringo R.N.

  5. Michael was a friend, mentor and inspiration. His brilliance was eclipsed only by his passion and love for his mission. He strived to for excellence in the care of our community’s sickest and injured population. He was the penultimate educator whose influence elevated critical care not only at St. Mary-Corwin but all of southern Colorado. Michael inspired dedication and skill. Through his masterful delivery, he taught hundreds of healthcare professionals to deliver quality care. He was an innovator, inculcating a culture of evidenced based practice long before it became mainstream. His gentle approach engendered and endeared him to all. Although Michael is no longer here, his spirit lives on in the hearts of the physicians, staff and patients whose lives are better for having known him. We all love you Mike. Patrick Stanifer

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