Thirty-four grants, funded by Colorado’s new tobacco tax, which totals $8,688,269, have been awarded to state health care organizations and health departments to expand programs and establish programs for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease. The programs include initiatives to provide free colorectal screening for low-income Coloradoans who don’t have health insurance, programs to ensure better and timelier treatment of strokes and a proposal for a mobile disease screening service for rural counties in southeastern Colorado.
The National Federation of Independent Business reports that the most important issue for its members going into 2006 is again the cost of health care insurance premiums. According to an NFIB news release, “Small business owners do not have access to the same high-volume health insurance discounts offered to larger companies. This inequity in the system does not provide affordable health insurance options to small employers, leaving many workers and their employers without insurance.”
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery has recognized the Penrose-St. Francis Center for Bariatric Surgery as a surgery center of excellence. The ASBS designation is awarded to surgical programs that have demonstrated favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgical procedures are gastrointestinal operations that reduce the size of a person’s stomach to minimize food consumption. The surgery, mainly used for weight-loss purposes, also rearranges the small intestines to reduce the amount of calories the body absorbs.
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.
Dr. James Simerville is a board certified occupational medicine physician and pediatrician who retired in 2000 as the southern Colorado medical director for PacifiCare/Secure Horizons. Practice Net Solutions has appointed Simerville as the medical director of a collaborative program among the El Paso County Medical Society, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Travis County (Austin, Texas) Medical Society.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has appointed Rosemary Bakes-Martin, the director of the El Paso County Health Department, to a statewide, 16-member chronic disease committee. According to the state health department, the purpose of the committee is “to set standards for and to review applications for $24 million in grants to be awarded for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic pulmonary disease in the state.”
The founding bishop of the Colorado Springs Catholic diocese, Richard Hanifen, received the 2005 Champion of Community Health award at the Peak Vista Community Health Center’s inaugural “Breakfast of Champions” event on Nov. 16. The award will be presented each year to an organization or individual for one of the following: impacting the health of the community through advocacy, or financially contributing to a measurable community health initiative or significant fund-raising efforts for the initiative.
Memorial Hospital now offers a 30-minute test that provides data about how the brain processes, also measuring speed, memory and visual motor skills. The cognitive test – ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) – is the first of its kind in the county. “It’s baseline testing, and it gives you a sense of where your neurological strengths are,” said Bradd Hafer, a spokesman for Memorial Hospital. “It’s like fingerprinting.”
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations named Pikes Peak Mental Health Center the 2005 winner of the ninth Ernest Amory Codman Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of outcomes measurement by health care organizations. PPMHC received the behavioral health care category award for its part in addressing substance abuse issues in the area.
If you build it, they will come. That’s the mantra of Dan Fogarty, owner of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates, as he opens a second location at 6140 Tutt Blvd., Suite 210, near Powers Boulevard and Stetson Hills. Two years ago, Fogarty opened Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates at 3425 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Patients came, and a growing population on the eastern corridor is one reason he’s opening a second rehab center.
The working uninsured in El Paso County have a new option in the fight against escalating health care premiums and a lack of access to medical care. The Healthy Workforce program is a collaborative effort between Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Provision Plus, a private administrator of employee benefits, allowing the uninsured or under-insured […]
Pikes Peak Mental Health, the Colorado Springs Psychiatric Society and Janssen Pharmaceutica are presenting “Out of the Shadow,” a documentary that chronicles the life of the filmmaker’s mother, who suffered from schizophrenia. Susan Smiley presents “a story of madness and dignity, shame and love … helping to dispel the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding this … […]