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Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Matthews-Vu CEO Debbie Chandler, provided after publication. Value Care Health Clinic has been sold to Matthews-Vu Medical Group, a move that will likely expand health care services in Southeast Colorado Springs. In addition, Peak Vista Community Health Centers has announced it will open a clinic […]
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St. Francis Medical Center’s new emergency department opened its doors to patients on Wednesday, Feb. 13. It’s the culmination of a $102 million expansion project to serve the growing population of northeast Colorado Springs. The new ED will replace the old department and has 52 beds, more than double the number in the original unit. […]
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As the population of older Coloradans increases, the senior living industry is providing more choices. The Pikes Peak region has seen a lot of growth in large, private-pay, corporate-backed assisted living communities, where residents occupy small apartments and have access to on-site dining services and a range of amenities. Options for in-home care, such as […]
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El Paso County Public Health is perhaps best known as a place where flu shots are given and as an agency that inspects restaurants. But the department also provides a broad spectrum of services and works with a range of businesses to address safety issues and keep the workforce healthy. Governed by a volunteer board […]
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The local health care industry saw a change in leadership at one of the city’s largest hospitals along with the nurse shortage and two epidemics — opioid and teen vaping — topping headlines in 2018. Shifting roles In early August, the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Board of Directors unanimously selected the interim chief executive officer […]
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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was accused of using Joe Camel, a cartoon dromedary who wore sunglasses, to attract young people to its cigarettes in the late ’80s and early ’90s. For decades, R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette companies, marketed their products via radio, television and movies, leading to a federal government crackdown on tobacco advertising, […]
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One of the biggest worries of patients going into the hospital is how much it’s going to cost them. UCHealth has created a new price estimator tool that not only includes the price of the procedure but also connects in real time to the patient’s insurance company and estimates the amount the patient will pay […]
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A pilot program launched this spring by The Independence Center aims to disrupt the hospital-to-nursing-home pipeline while also reducing hospital readmission rates. “We’ve set out to prove we can transition people with disabilities out of the hospital to home after an acute episode rather than a nursing home,” said Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence […]
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A decade from now, many patients will be making appointments to see a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor. That’s especially likely in rural southern Colorado, where the shortage of primary care physicians and other health practitioners is acute. According to the 2017 Access to Care index compiled by the Colorado Health Institute, the counties […]
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Fall is when leaves change color, football season kicks off, and for many Coloradans, it’s when they pick their upcoming year’s benefits plan. “One of the things that is absolutely key is to think about how [employers and their] human resources team communicate open enrollment to their employees,” said Vincent Plymell, communications manager for the […]
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Local health care and employee benefit experts will discuss growing health insurance costs for employers and offer solutions at an upcoming panel. “[The panel] is intended to give a sense of the landscape on employer-provided benefits in the area, particularly for small businesses,” said Andrea Baldrica, panelist and senior vice president of employee benefits at […]
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It’s no secret that Colorado’s rural areas lack medical services. According to the Colorado Rural Health Center, an Aurora-based nonprofit organization that serves as Colorado’s state office of rural health, 13 Colorado counties do not have a hospital, and two counties do not have a clinic or even a single doctor. While Pikes Peak Regional […]
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