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.
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 […]
A federal judge dealt a blow to health care reform earlier this month, declaring the legislation’s individual mandate unconstitutional. Many who oppose reform believe the decision sounded a death knell for the law. But they’re wrong, and here’s why: Judge Henry Hudson left all the insurance reform measures in the bill intact: insurance companies can […]
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 […]
The Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs is adding a dermatology residency program, the first of its kind in Southern Colorado. It is the second dermatology residency program available in the state, according to a news release distributed by the institute. The program will help to “develop the next generation of dermatologists trained in state-of-the-art treatments […]
A panel created by Gov. Bill Ritter will distribute $7.5 million in grants from UnitedHealth Group during the next six years. The Colorado Rural Health Care Grants Council is responsible for deciding how the money will be distributed based on deficiencies in access to health care.
Health Savings Accounts are gaining in popularity, according to statistics from one company. Not only are more people using them, they’re putting more money into their accounts. UMB Healthcare Services says that balances for its HSAs grew 36.1 percent, surpassing $400 million following 2011 open enrollment. The number of HSAs stood at nearly 200,000 at […]
Imagine the day when mammograms will be unnecessary. Imagine the day when celebrating another year won’t seem so miraculous. Imagine the day when we won’t have to fear for the lives of our daughters. – Imagine, from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure philosophy. Breast cancer is personal for Nancy Forgi. Her grandmother, mother […]
More than half the nation’s programs programs for the elderly have cut services because of higher fuel and food prices — and about 90 percent will be forced to make more cuts next year. Caregivers for the nation’s elderly also report an increase in the time that recipients wait for services — including transportation, home-delivered meals, cleaning and homecare.
A bill that could lead to universal health care has cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate, but it has received scant support from local and state health care groups. Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, seeks to create the Colorado Health Care Authority, a group appointed by the […]
The move toward online health records has taken a big step forward. Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente plan to test a program that will provide information transfers from Kaiser’s health manager to Microsoft’s consumer health platform. The pilot program is expected to create strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.
The executive director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute doesn’t bother segregating business and pleasure: Rebecca Jewett’s work is her passion. Since filling the position in 2008, Jewett has directed a small staff and an enormous volunteer base in land conservation and restoration efforts throughout the region. Originally from Longmont, she came to the Springs […]