hospitalBryan Construction to build new medical building

Bryan Construction won a $3.5 million contract to build the core and shell of a new 34,000-square-foot medical office building in southeastern Colorado Springs.

After tenant finishes, the two-story structure will ultimately house several medical tenants and specialties, including imaging, primary care, lab services, urgent care, physical therapy and orthopedics.

The Broadmoor Commons Medical Office Building will be built on Lake Plaza Drive, off the intersection of Lake Avenue and Venetucci Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin in January with completion in September, said Jennifer Taylor, manager of marketing and business development at Bryan Construction.

“We’ve successfully completed hundreds of thousands of square feet of medical space,” said Doug Woody, executive manager for Bryan Construction. “There should be little to no impact on the neighbors or traffic flow.”

The contractor built the Harrison School District 2 Administration Building and is remodeling the interior of a medical building for the Kaiser Fountain Health Plan east of Memorial Park. It has finished projects at Fort Carson, Memorial Hospital, Penrad Imaging, Premiere Army Medical Clinic and more.

— Marija B. Vader

Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion plans official opening

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The Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion in Monument will celebrate a community grand opening from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, with building tours, health and fitness testing, demonstrations and family activities.

The residents of northern El Paso County may see a different way of  health care delivery and fitness through a collaborative network of health, wellness and preventive services.

The new pavilion will integrate advanced, individualized exercise and fitness programs, pediatric medicine, adult primary care, family nutrition, orthopedic medicine, radiology, urgent care, occupational therapy and more, all in one location. The new 50,000-square-foot building, developed by a partnership of The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Centura Health and the Wisconsin-based Boldt Company, is connected to the existing Tri-Lakes YMCA, located at 17230 Jackson Creek Parkway.

These tenants will be at the opening:

• Tri-Lakes Family YMCA;

• Centura Health Urgent Care Tri-Lakes;

• Centura Health Physician Group Tri-Lakes Primary Care;

• Centura Health Physician Group Tri-Lakes Behavioral Health;

• Centura Physical Therapy Tri-Lakes;

• Centura Centers for Occupational Medicine;

• Tri-Lakes Café and Bistro;

• PENRAD Imaging;

• Colorado Laboratory Services; and

• Monument Pediatrics – Mountain View Medical Group.

The YMCA, Centura Health and all providers in the Health Pavilion will share a common atrium entryway with a concierge desk, the Tri-Lakes Café and Bistro as well as child care with supervised children’s activities for patrons at the YMCA’s Child Watch program.

The YMCA’s new Healthy Living Center will “elevate the way Tri-Lakes community members experience health and wellness,” according to a news release.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art RealRyder Indoor Cycling Studio; Precor Treadmills, ellipticals and adaptive motion trainers; Preva Fitness Tracking software on-site or on-the-go; Group X OnDemand demonstrations; and personal and small group training opportunities, residents can now customize their healthy-living regimen in coordination with health care providers, the release said.

Seniors “will experience innovations in health care delivery and fitness through a collaborative network of health, wellness and preventive services,” the release said. The Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion will offer Silver Sneakers group exercise classes, yoga stretching and arthritis aqua classes. The Tri-Lakes Café and Bistro will also host weekly senior coffee meetings.

— Bryan Grossman

Colorado ranks as eighth healthiest state in the Union

Colorado is the eighth healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation’s annual health rankings. The index ranked Colorado as the least obese state, No. 1 in physical activity and lowest in diabetes.

Colorado ranked second in having the lowest rate of cardiovascular deaths and third lowest in cancer deaths.

“With a low prevalence of chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease, we are able to focus our attention on prevention. The result will be spending less money on health care while improving our quality of life and longevity,” said Chris Wiant, president and CEO of the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

“We hope to see significant improvement in lowering Colorado’s rate of whooping cough. In the past year we saw a 256 percent increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases,” said Larry Wolk, M.D., executive director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In October 2012, the state health department declared a pertussis outbreak when Colorado surpassed 1,000 cases. As of Nov. 15, the state had 1,161 pertussis cases. Vaccination is the safest and most effective tool against pertussis.

Each year United Health Foundation analyzes behaviors, public and health policies, community and environmental conditions and clinical care data to provide its annual health rankings.

— Marija B. Vader

Good health depends on many factors

“Tremendous variation exists in health status in the U.S., based on where someone lives, their sex and their ethnicity,” said Dr. Anna Schenck, director of the public health leadership program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

A white American living in Connecticut, having made it to age 65, can expect to live another 20 years, Schenck’s research shows. A black American living in Iowa can expect to live only another seven years after age 65.

“Why do we see such a gap? The answer lies in looking upstream to assess the major causes death and disease,” Schenck said. “Tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity are the leading causes of poor health in the U.S., and these vary across the U.S. based on education, work setting and income of the population and policy, community and environmental factors.”

“The most striking behavioral change in our collective health risks has been a continued dramatic decline in adult tobacco use, now below 20 percent on average,” said Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “The right to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders has been expanded nationally to a level equal to the treatment for other health problems, although capacity and quality of treatment for these behavioral problems are quite variable.

“On the other hand, opiate addiction increased so much that as a cause of death it surpassed motor vehicle crashes, which declined during this period.”

— Marija B. Vader