Bloodless surgery seems counter-intuitive, but cardiovascular surgeons at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services make it routine in doing their jobs. Doing so, they say, saves money and lives. “Whenever you have to use blood transfusions, you increase the chance the patient will die,” said Dr. John Mehall, who is part of the cardiovascular and thoracic surgical […]
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Magnet recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in […]
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has announced the 2007 National Patient Safety Goals and Related Requirements for each of its accreditation programs and its disease-specific care certification program. The goals and requirements, approved by the organization’s Board of Commissioners, apply to the nearly 15,000 commission-accredited and certified health care organizations and programs.
Sometimes great discoveries come from not knowing where to look. ISSAC Corp., a Springs-based advanced data analytics and system-of-systems engineering firm, recently made its first foray into big data analysis for the medical world — and ended up in the famed British Journal of Cancer. ISSAC’s analysis revealed important new findings...
After years of meetings, negotiations and uncertainty, the date for the voters to decide the future of Memorial Health System is arriving. On August 28, Colorado Springs will hold a special municipal election to vote on the request for authorization to lease Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health. The deadline to register to […]
Three Centura Health hospitals — Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Porter Adventist Hospital and OrthoColorado Hospital — have been named to the 2014 top 125 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review, a source of business and legal information for health care industry leaders. The hospitals and health systems featured on […]
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has lifted the Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory for El Paso County. While smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to affect air quality in El Paso County, Public Health recommends that people continue to monitor air quality and if needed, take precautionary steps. The Colorado Department […]
A $13 million assisted living and memory care center is under construction at 5355 Centennial Blvd. in northern Colorado Springs. MorningStar at Mountain Shadows will include 45 assisted living suites and 19 individual care suites for Alzheimer’s patients. The development of the 3.2 acre project is a joint venture between Denver-based MorningStar Senior Living and Millennium Venture Group, which […]
Last month, Congress once again passed the buck on Medicare cuts, though this time for just 30 days. Doctors were relieved, but it makes you wonder: Was that the best approach for the rest of us? If it had acted, Medicare reimbursements to doctors would have been reduced by 23 percent. But Congress has repeatedly […]
Colorado Springs native Colette Martin is Memorial Hospital’s new chief operating officer, effective immediately. She replaces Bill Mohon, who left in February. Prior to becoming COO, Martin, 43, served as director of strategic planning at Memorial, where she led several initiatives supporting Memorial’s affiliation with UCHealth. Hospital authorities conducted a national search for the position, […]
During her 12 years of teaching Pikes Peak Community College’s aspiring pharmacy technicians, Nicole Barriera has started every semester with the same caveat. “We talk about how the state of Colorado doesn’t regulate,” said Barriera, chair of PPCC’s pharmacy technician program. “That’s scary because, in theory, [students] could walk out of my class and be […]
The fight over Memorial Health System’s future is shaping up to become a David-and-Goliath battle — but there’s no certainty the little guy will win this time. The battle is pitting some of the nation’s largest health care systems against a single, grassroots group that wants to maintain local control of the hospital. The Colorado […]