The National Research Corp., which measures health care performances, has named Memorial Hospital a Consumer Choice Award winner for the second consecutive year. The NRC selects hospitals that have high consumer ratings in quality and image.

The findings are based on the NCR Healthcare Market Guide Study, which involved more than 200,000 households, representing about 400,000 consumers. Memorial Hospital was one of 206 health care facilities recognized nationwide. There were 3,000 hospitals included in the study.

“Consumers play an increasing role in selecting their health care facilities and services,” said NRC CEO Michael D. Hays. “Winning organizations are selected for the Consumer Choice Award by the community residents they serve.”

Peak Vista ‘Holiday Shop’ a success

Peak Vista Community Health Center’s younger clients participated in a Holiday Shop this month, where they (children and teenagers ages 4 to 15) were able to select two gifts each to be given as Christmas or holiday presents to their family members. The gifts were wrapped on the spot.

The event targets underserved kids who traditionally cannot afford to purchase presents for their families. Last year, 345 kids participated. An exact total for this year wasn’t available.

Holiday Shop is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chapter of the National Charity League, a mother/daughter philanthropic organization founded in 1947. Members collect donations for Holiday Shop throughout the year. C.J. Kard is a major donor. Debbie Limoge has coordinated the NCL event for the past three years.

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The Colorado Springs Fire Department provided the location for the event this year. Fire department staff presented videos and materials on fire prevention for adults, while Santa entertained the shoppers.

Denver Children’s Hospital receives state grant

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that The Children’s Hospital Foundation in Denver has been awarded $71,094, which is Colorado’s portion of the Taxol Antitrust Litigation residual funds. The grant will support the Child Life Program at The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The Child Life Program provides emotional and psychological counseling, support and educational training to cancer victims and their families.

“The Children’s Hospital is a leader in providing health care to Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens,” Suthers said. “This grant will help restore hope in the lives of children and their families who are coping with the devastating disease of cancer.”

The attorneys general of 49 states sued Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in The State of Colorado v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for alleged violations of antitrust laws in connection with the company’s efforts to delay the introduction of generic forms of the anti-cancer drug, Taxol.

As part of the settlement, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that certain residual funds from the settlement be used to benefit cancer victims and their families.

“The money will be instrumental in Children’s ability to help patients and their families through the trauma of cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said Steve Winesett, president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Colorado Trust awards millions

The Colorado Trust is investing $3.8 million in a program to bolster patient-safety measures in hospitals across the state. The Colorado 100K Lives Campaign is part of the national 100K Lives campaign administered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Central to the campaign are six measures that improve patient outcomes and prevent unnecessary deaths. The idea is to create an improved “culture of safety” in Colorado hospitals.

According to a news release, 61 of the state’s 71 acute-care hospitals are participating in the program, and each will receive a $35,000 grant from The Colorado Trust to implement the safety measures. Nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide are enrolled in the 100k Lives Campaign.

Need a date for New Year’s Eve?

Colorado Springs mental health therapist Randee Anderson, who has a doctorate in psychology, lends her expertise to the business of dating – the dating business.

According to a news release, Anderson is the “Doc that Rocks” as the initiator of Dynamic Dating, which involves speed dating. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Anderson is sponsoring Dynamic Dating’s second speed-dating night at 7750 N. Union Blvd. in Briargate. Participants run through fast-paced mixer activities that “warm everyone up to meet each other.”

The first Dynamic Dating speed-dating event was successful, according to the release.

“That night was so much fun,” said Mitch, a first-time participant. “I didn’t meet my future mate, but I met a bunch of people that were so cool. I’ll be back next month.” The cost to attend a Dynamic Dating night is $25. To register, visit or call 260-9909.

Dating … for health!

Marylou Doehrman covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.