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.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has announced a late summer groundbreaking for a $200-million hospital at Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road. The St. Francis Medical Center will service the growing northeastern communities of Colorado Springs. The 350,000-square-foot project will be completed by early 2008.
After a career in radio, Scott Stafford started his own company, Auxiliary Media, which supported Internet-based radio programs. Stafford left the radio business a few years ago to join Van Gilder Insurance Corp. as an employee benefits consultant. But his passion for radio has him back on the air.
Last week, the Memorial Hospital Blood Donor Center recognized blood donors and businesses that hosted mobile blood drives during 2005 at a ceremony at the Antler’s Hilton. Kathy Hook, donor resource coordinator for the Memorial Hospital Blood Bank, said people who gave at least a gallon of their blood (amounting to eight donations) were honored, along with 76 businesses and organizations that sponsored on-site blood drives. Other businesses were recognized for sponsoring drives where employees donated blood at the center.
The 23rd American Heart Association Heart Ball will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Broadmoor International Center. The event includes a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to local band Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors. The event sponsor is Spectranetics Corp.
The Colorado Health Institute released a study this month, “Profile of the Uninsured,” which highlights the state’s uninsured population through 2004. Based on the latest Census Bureau statistics, the report showed that about 770,000, or 17 percent, of the state’s residents don’t have health insurance, which falls above the 15.7 percentage for the nation. More than three-fourths – 77.8 percent – of Colorado’s uninsured population were working age adults between 18 and 64.
Business owners, CEOs, managers, human resource professionals, wellness coordinators, risk managers and anyone interested in promoting a healthy work force are invited to attend a workshop about incorporating and maintaining comprehensive wellness programs in the workplace. A national health promotion management company, Health Break, will present information about the components of a wellness program, cost containment strategies, expectations for a return on investment and examples of best practices.