Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital have finalized a joint operating agreement that creates a new health system. Called University of Colorado Health, the partnership will also include Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, once details of a lease agreement are ironed out and voters decide on the effort at some […]
As the Memorial citizens’ commission deliberates the future of Memorial Health System, it might do well to explore the histories of hospital networks that have already gone through the process. While it’s difficult to draw exact parallels, the experiences of two systems offer a glimpse into what can happen when a city or county government […]
St. Francis Medical Center, part of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, is one of 10 hospitals to be recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for implementing best practices stop support breastfeeding. Last year, the department recognized 13 hospitals, and there are now 33 hospitals, more than half of all Colorado birthing hospitals, […]
New rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow medical researchers access to millions of Medicare prescription drug benefit claims. The rules limit studies to the commercial parts of the program, but will allow researchers to study the safety and effectiveness of medications among the elderly and disabled. Clinical trials often exclude the very old, patients with multiple chronic conditions and those taking multiple medications.
By Dr. Robert J. Hoyer Few words evoke as much dread or fear as “cancer.” New research and cutting-edge care are redefining what a cancer diagnosis means. Cancer specialists now have more options in customizing a person’s care than ever before. While cancer is never a diagnosis anyone wants to receive, these medical advances are […]