Following a review by the American College of Surgeons, the Colorado Department of Health State Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council has unanimously voted to re-designate Memorial Health System’s Level II Trauma Center without deficiency. Memorial’s Level II trauma designation reflects the center’s comprehensive care for complex and severe trauma patients under the direction of on-site trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and nurses who direct patient care and initiate resuscitation and stabilization interventions.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is seeking artists for a juried show which will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. “As an artistically rich community, Penrose knows that there is a legion of local artists whose works would add great character, and perhaps even healing properties, to the new hospital,” according to a news release.
The Colorado Springs Chapter of Women on Wheels, the Mountain Shadow Riders, will host a motorcycle blood run Aug. 12 at the Memorial Health System administration center. The run starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Perkins Restaurant, 6005 Constitution Ave. “As motorcyclists, we ride free with the wind in our hair, but that freedom comes at a price. We are more at risk of injuries when we are out on the road,” said a news release from the group. “If we make contact with a cage (motorized 4-wheel vehicle) or the asphalt, it’s pretty easy to assume that we will be hurt more seriously than the driver of the cage.”
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, according to Christine Shapard, director bioscience and emerging technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
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.