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Penrose, Dorcy centers join MD Anderson Cancer Network

The Penrose Cancer Center at Penrose-St. Francis Medical Center and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center’s Dorcy Cancer Center in Pueblo are certified members of the MD Anderson Cancer Network. The partnership was announced March 26 and certifies that the facilities have met Anderson’s strict criteria for patient care, provider qualifications and training, among others. Both facilities underwent clinical practice reviews, and rigorous on- and off-site evaluations of medical, radiation and surgical oncology programs, according to a press release. Anderson also conducted reviews of patient-care services, including inpatient, diagnostic imaging, pathology, laboratory, pharmacy and IV therapy.

The certification means local physicians will have access to the resources and expertise of MD Anderson’s global-leading providers, researchers and technology. Dr. James Allison, chair of the MD Anderson immunology department, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for introducing a care technique that treats the immune system rather than the tumor.

Penrose-St. Francis President and CEO Brian Erling said the certification process took 14 months.

Cadets to compete at entrepreneurship challenge

idea startup entrepreneurshipThe Air Force Academy will be represented at the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge, the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship competition in the U.S., from April 11-13 in Minneapolis, Minn., with $250,000 in total prizes on the line.

A group of cadets founded U-Wash, an app and platform created to outsource laundry chores. The team represents one of 25 finalists from a field of more than 100 from across the nation that will pitch judges their ideas beginning April 11. The event is funded by the founder of Best Buy, Dick Schulze.

Ervin leaving Resource Exchange

David Ervin, CEO of The Resource Exchange, will be leaving the organization May 10 and will join Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville, Md., as CEO. JFGH supports more than 200 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Brad Hallock, TRE board chairman will be conducting a national search to replace Ervin.

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New dental office opens in Springs

Dr. Lorraine Labayen and Dr. Frank Redelius opened Family Dental at Dublin Heights at 7795 Dublin Blvd., on March 27. Labayen earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California at Irvine. Redelius earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Davie, Fla. Visit for details.


United Way distributes computers at Mitchell High School

Pikes Peak United Way provided computers to students and their families at its third annual computer distribution. With grant funds from T. Rowe Price, Pikes Peak United Way distributed 75 laptops purchased from PCs for People to Mitchell High School students at a special event March 19.    

The distribution is part of United Way’s Colorado Springs Promise program — a partnership between Pikes Peak United Way, UCCS and Colorado Springs School District 11.