Dennis P. Bruens has been named director of the Penrose Cancer Center. He is replacing Deborah Hood, who will be leaving after 27 years with the health system. Bruens was the former director of the San Juan Cancer Center at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction. He also served as director of planning and business development.
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  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.   The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for […]
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Memorial Health System’s board president challenged city council member Tim Leigh on every single point of his complaints about the hospital and the way it’s being run. Last week, Leigh sent a widely-dispersed email that said he’d been told about many issues with Memorial: some faulty real estate deals, some issues with doctors and some […]
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State Attorney General John Suthers’ decision to make a personal appearance May 25 before the Commission on Ownership and Governance of Memorial Hospital is creating a buzz. First, the appearance is rather unusual. How often do high-level state officials personally attend a local board’s meetings — particularly when the issue is of limited interest in […]
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It looks like the battle of the hospitals is on. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced plans Friday to seek Level 1 trauma certification for its emergency department – less than a month after competitor Memorial Hospital made the same pledge. Penrose’s main hospital on North Nevada Avenue would receive the designation, and is just a […]
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Nurses on the job hunt might be surprised to discover Pueblo pays better, on average, than Colorado Springs. “The cost of living also is much more reasonable in Pueblo compared to the Springs,” said Karren Kowalski, president and CEO of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. Attracting nurses is more important than ever as medical […]
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Connect for Health Colorado has launched an updated enrollment site for individuals and families shopping for private health insurance in the upcoming open enrollment, which begins Saturday. The early opening provides a pre-enrollment preview for Coloradans obtaining coverage through Connect for Health Colorado, the state health insurance marketplace. More than 148,000 individuals have been covered […]
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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center for 2007-2009. The designation means that Penrose-St. Francis has met quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards. UnitedHealthcare developed the designation program to give its members information about total joint replacement hospitals meeting their quality criteria. The designation is […]
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified 10 “winnable battles” that are key environmental and health issues. The CDPHE chose the issues because they are ones where progress can be made in the next three to five years, according to a press release from the department. The department will focus on clean air, […]
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The public gets a chance to weigh in on the Memorial Health System lease 3:30 p.m. today at the Colorado Springs City Council chambers, just a day after council  heard the details of the agreement. “This is an historic day,” said Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin,  who has been involved in the lease process since […]
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Denver metropolitan affiliate and Aspen affiliate, two Colorado-based affiliates of Susan G. Komen have agreed to merge, representatives said in a news release this week. The two affiliates, each with strong reputations as local resources and one of the largest medical grant-making organizations in their service area, are merging to ensure continued Komen presence to […]
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Three years after Medicare Part D prescription drug programs became part of the Medicare services, beneficiaries are becoming savvier about the program and its benefits.
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