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.
A comprehensive system has been established in Colorado for reporting sick, dying or dead birds that might be carriers of avian flu or West Nile virus. Although no avian flu has been identified in any birds in the United States or in Colorado, the system is a precautionary measure in case infected birds do reach this continent through world migratory paths.
Dr. Ajit Singh, a leader in cancer research and treatment, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. April 26 at Colorado College as part of the inaugural event in school’s Visiting Innovative Minds series. Singh will discuss advances in cancer treatment, as well as new technology available to treat various cancers.
Health South has opened a Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 5570 Powers Center Point, next to Dream Dinners. “For those familiar with our Chapel Hills location at the CSHP Medical Center, we now offer the same services here at our North Powers location, including our pilates and foot and ankle services,” said marketing director Suraya Demirtas.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has launched Southern Colorado’s first Atrial Fibrillation Center. The center will provide diagnosis, medication, ablation, implantation, surgery and patient follow-up. Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular heart rhythm in which abnormal electrical signals are generated through the upper chambers of the heart. It often accompanies other heart conditions.
Rocky Mountain Cancer Center is the first community cancer center in Colorado to take advantage of technology that allows greater accuracy in treating prostate, liver, head, neck and lung cancers with radiation. Known as image guided radiation therapy, or IGRT, the technology can be used to treat tumors that require precise radiation targeting. Doctors can enhance the accuracy of the radiation dose, resulting in a decrease of the side effects caused by irradiation of normal body tissues.
The Pike’s Peak chapter of the American Red Cross will receive a new emergency response vehicle as a result of the organization’s successful response to more than 2,000 residents of Louisiana and Mississippi who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. The mobile kitchen is a food preparation and service vehicle for national and local disasters. The van delivers other supplies as well. More than 250 Red Cross mobile kitchens are housed at chapters throughout the country.
Peak Vista reopened its Fountain Health Clinic, located in the Lorraine Center, after renovating the facility to expand services. A federal grant from Department of Health and Human Services allowed Peak Vista to include medical and dental care, expanding coverage for low-income uninsured Fountain residents.
Colorado’s tobacco tax will help pay for programs that address health disparities in American Indians and blacks. More than $1.3 million has been designated for programs, such as diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease. Eighteen community-based programs, health departments and health care organizations across the state have been awarded grants to pay for prevention, early detection and needs assessment and referral.
If the majority of legislators and Gov. Bill Owens agree, Colorado will join 21 other states that have passed bills to protect nurses and other medical professionals who “blow the whistle” on medical errors and inefficiencies, according to a news release. Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, has introduced HB 06-1193 – Whistleblower Protection, which prevents an employer from firing a health care worker in retaliation for the worker reporting substandard patient medical care.