DaVita HealthCare Partners is hosting a health and disaster preparedness fair Saturday, Aug. 22, at the St. Francis Medical Center off Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs. The event, a joint presentation by the DaVita Village Emergency Response Team, or DaVERT, and Colorado Springs Health Partners, will take place to provide free, primary health screenings for the […]
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Penrose-St. Francis Health services is considering eight different locations for its latest expansion — but hasn’t yet settled on a specific area. Despite media reports that the hospital has settled on a location, spokesman Chris Valentine says the location northeast of Centennial and Fillmore streets isn’t the only one being considered. “The first step is always […]
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It seemed that Alexandre Quiros had the world at his feet — a 3.8 grade-point-average, a scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology, an upcoming commission in the Air Force. But Quiros was found dead in his dorm room earlier this spring, and the coroner ruled it a suicide. The Air Force Academy was stunned, and […]
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Since becoming law in 2014, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has dramatically changed the health care landscape in nearly every aspect — from the federal government to the smallest business.  Proponents cite increased access as a sign of the law’s efficacy, while naysayers report rising costs for care, lost jobs and a […]
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With summer here, people are taking advantage of sunny days and outdoor fun. That also means blood donations have decreased because of vacations, just as surgeries and traumas have increased. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Blood Bank Donor Center staff have reported statewide shortages of O positive and O negative blood type supplies and are asking for the […]
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The 22nd annual Bike to Work Day corporate challenge winners will each receive the honor of their name placed on a Dero Bike Fixit stand, according to a Mountain Metropolitan Transit news release. Five winners will be selected based on participation relative to company or organization size. The five stands will be placed throughout the […]
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Learn about aging and becoming a age-friendly community in the Pikes Peak region through a presentation by Summit Economics’ Tucker Hart Adams, Ph.D. The Innovations in Aging Collaborative event takes place Wednesday, June 24 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Guest speakers also include Angela Cortez, associate state director for communications […]
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A clinical therapist with 14 years experience helping veterans, families and civilians deal with mood disorders or psychological trauma is the June UCCS HealthCircle Community Education Series speaker. Charles Knoeckel, clinical therapist, UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic, will deliver “Managing Stress, One Breath at a Time” at 5:30 p.m. June 9 at the Lane […]
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There’s no getting around it. Americans are using more medications and spending more for them. The latest evidence comes from Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager and middleman between drug makers and employers. The number of Americans — almost 600,000 — with yearly medication costs of more than $50,000 rose 63 percent from 2013 to […]
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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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The United Health Foundation’s 2015 America’s Health Ranking Senior Report ranked Colorado eighth overall, a drop from last year’s sixth-place ranking. Some highlights include a 15 percent decrease in chronic drinking and a 6 percent decrease in hospital readmissions in adults 65 and older. Colorado has the highest percentage of educated seniors in the country and […]
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Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation recently received a $1 million endowment gift from longtime Colorado Springs resident and philanthropist, Margot Lane. To be paid over the next four years, the donation will be placed into Peak Vista’s BJ Scott Endowment Fund, helping Peak Vista continue to provide health services to families in the community […]
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