Novel cancer drugs; innovative treatments for blood cancers and clotting; new ways to attack inflammatory and infectious diseases; ground-breaking compounds to treat osteoporosis and metastatic bone disease; pioneering devices for orthopedic surgery; commercializing biofuels from algae; and revolutionary wearable rehabilitation systems comprise the seven finalists in this year’s BioWest Venture Showcase competition, said Christine Shapard, director of bioscience and emerging technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).
Consumers now have access to updated information about the quality of care provided in Colorado’s hospitals. The Colorado Health and Hospital Association (CHA) Performance and Quality Group, which released risk-adjusted mortality information (death rates) in April 2005 detailing 11 common reasons why patients are admitted to a hospital, has updated the information to include 2004 data.
Jerry Bagg has been named the President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation. Bagg, the president of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, will oversee four other foundations throughout the state, including St. Anthony Health Foundation of Denver, St. Mary Corwin Health Foundation of Pueblo, St. Thomas Moore Health Foundation of Canon City and Mercy Medical Foundation of Durango.
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.
Colorado is among 34 states and territories that have joined a federal effort to analyze privacy and security concerns that are barriers to sharing electronic information among health care providers. The Colorado Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) project is part of a nationwide effort led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and involving the National Governors Association to accelerate the sharing health information electronically to improve health and health care quality.
Twenty grants, totaling nearly $4.5 million, have been awarded to health care organizations and health departments in Colorado to establish and expand programs for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. El Paso County Department of Health and Environment received $495,600 to fund a one-year project to add disease management guidelines for five chronic diseases — including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — to the existing HealthTrack database system.
Memorial Health Systems has entered into a partnership with The Children’s Hospital in Denver to jointly manage Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs. The new facility will replace Memorial’s existing children’s hospital. The two are the only National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions designated and nationally recognized children’s hospitals in Colorado.
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.
Parkview Medical Center has acquired a new machine that offers women the option of safer, less traumatic surgery than a traditional hysterectomy. The Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator provides laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomies, which reduces recovery time and is less painful than traditional methods.
For the second consecutive year, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leader hospitals by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient, a source of health care information products. Penrose-St. Francis and its senior management team were recognized for being one of 100 hospitals making the greatest progress in improving performance during a five period.
Rocky Mountain Health Care Services has received a $100,000 grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund to support the development of the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). “The goal of the RMHCS PACE program is to offer high-quality, cost-effective care in the least restrictive setting to the elderly population of El Paso and Teller counties,” said Laurie Tebo, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Care Services. “The program will bring all services together in one location, promoting continuity of care among providers and decreasing fragmentation of services to participants.”
The Penrose Cancer Center participated in one of the largest breast cancer prevention trials conducted in the United States. The study showed that raloxifene, used to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, reduces breast cancer risk for women who are at increased risk of the disease.