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.
The National Retail Federation welcomed a study showing that it costs retailers $6.8 billion annually to collect state and local sales taxes across the nation. The group says the study could help merchants in their long-sought goal of receiving appropriate compensation for the collection costs. The study, conducted by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, found that retailers’ cost of collecting sales tax – from training personnel to filing paperwork – amounts to an average of 3.09 percent of the amount of tax collected, or $6.8 billion annually nationwide.
The Colorado House of Representatives approved an identity theft bill this week that has become model legislation for other states. HB1347 was drafted by the Colorado Bankers Association. As worded, it would supply $600,000 annually for statewide ID theft investigation.
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.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will start selling build-your-own-computer components in more than one-third of its U.S. stores this month. While the discount retailer has been blamed for bankruptcies in sectors ranging from groceries to toys, analysts say it is unlikely that Wal-Mart will pose much of a threat to the likes of Dell Inc.
During the 2000 presidential election, Clay Turner targeted Al Gore – and was instrumental in helping defeat the former vice president in two key states: Arkansas and Tennessee. As advertising director for the National Rifle Association during the election, Turner put together television ads and campaign materials directed at defeating the candidate in his home state. Turner, senior vice president and managing director of Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency, said his work with the NRA is some of the most enjoyable time he’s had at the office – putting together a magazine that is sent to about 700,000 NRA members. When Turner isn’t putting together advertising campaigns and magazines for the NRA, he’s in his 1988 BMW M roadster, autocross racing at local and state events.
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.”
U.S. Internet advertising revenue reached $12.5 billion in 2005, a 30 percent increase compared to 2004, according to The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The organizations’ Internet Advertising Revenue Report tracks spending on search, classifieds, display and rich media ads. Internet advertising revenue for the fourth quarter of 2005 totaled $3.6 billion, up 34 percent compared to the same quarter a year earlier.
B.J. Hybl is the new president and chief operating officer of one of Colorado Springs’ most recognizable real estate services firms, Griffis/Blessing Inc. While Hybl is not a newcomer to the company, some things about his department are. In order to better serve its clients, Griffis/Blessing restructured its operations, giving greater separation to its property and investment divisions. Hybl will oversee the Property Services Group.
The nation’s banking industry is in particularly good health these days, according to an independent ratings firm. Bauer Financial, known for its star rating system that assesses banks based on performance, says financial institutions enjoyed one of their best years in 2005. According to the star rating system, nearly 80 percent of the American banks earned Bauer Financial’s recommended rating of either five stars or four stars in 2005.
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.
Competition is brutal for smaller retail grocers. Yet as grocery sales approach more than $800 billion a year, many of these companies are growing at an explosive rate. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest food retailer, accounts for about 14 percent of all grocery sales.