Centura Health opened its second regional ambulatory Health Neighborhood today. The public opening followed a sneak peek last week, providing local dignitaries and health care officials a preview of the facility. Located at 1263 Lake Plaza Drive, the 35,645-square-foot location will offer urgent care, primary care, physical therapy, occupational medicine, behavioral health, lab and orthopedic services and PENRAD […]
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Because of technology, humans have reached the end of average. Health care advances will increasingly democratize and simplify medicine, but with new ethical challenges, according to a group of health care experts who spoke at Centura Health’s Future of Medicine conference last week at The Broadmoor. The conference featured some of the nation’s most famous […]
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While 2016 went in the books as one of the most aggressive years for regional health care expansion planning, Centura’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will — at least in part — be playing catch-up in 2017. Last year posed funding challenges for Catholic Health Initiatives, financier of Centura’s planned Colorado Springs projects, including a $100 […]
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The Colorado Springs Planning Commission approved a bundle of agenda items last week that will allow Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to move yet another step closer to building a third hospital campus, this one at the northeast corner of West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard — a project that isn’t sitting well with some area […]
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  A relatively new type of medicine aims to eliminate chronic pain from arthritis or after traumatic events, and it’s happening in Colorado Springs. Using stem cells and typically with one treatment, Dr. Rebekah Martin can eliminate chronic pain. “I have a life again because of her,” said Mark R. Merkley, a heavy-equipment operator injured […]
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Scientists found fluorinated chemicals in about a third of take-out food packaging samples tested, according to an academic paper released earlier this week by the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Previous research has shown these chemicals can migrate from packaging into the food that customers eat. The nine authors of the paper included scientists […]
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Recent stumbles over financiers and cuts in Medicare funding do not reflect the overall health of one of the region’s largest employers, said Penrose-St. Francis Health Services CEO Margaret Sabin, who emphasized the system’s financial fitness and records in both revenue and patient volume during the past year. The stumbles include delayed expansion at its […]
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Of all the amendments spelled out in this year’s 2016 state ballot information booklet, Amendment 69, the single-payer amendment, has by far the most pages devoted to its explanation. The unusual amount of space needed to break down the ballot question exemplifies its complexity. The amendment would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system […]
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Kaiser Permanente Colorado plans to expand services and health plan offerings in Southern Colorado. In the next few years, Kaiser Permanente will begin offering specialty services at its medical offices in Southern Colorado, while also opening its Briargate Medical Offices to all ages, instead of the current 55 and older age restriction. In addition, the […]
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Despite overseeing a state with one of the nation’s strongest economies, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recently released 2017-18 budget proposal includes a $500 million shortfall that, in theory, will be balanced by cuts to Medicaid funding through the state’s Hospital Provider Fee. The fee, paid for by hospitals, is matched...
Like many industries, health care in the Pikes Peak region is finding its workforce at insufficient levels to meet the community’s needs. The problem stems from the expansion of Medicaid, a rapidly growing senior population and the shrinking marketplace of primary care providers. COShealth, a partnership of local health-care and workforce organizations, is a spin-off […]
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UCHealth has, for the last year and a half, undergone a behind-the-scenes rebranding effort, which launched Feb. 1. The launch includes a new logo that will gradually replace existing signage, to include those adorning both Memorial campuses in Colorado Springs. The rebranding was meant to unify the organization and “inspire people both internally and externally,” […]
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