If you build it, they will come. That’s the mantra of Dan Fogarty, owner of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates, as he opens a second location at 6140 Tutt Blvd., Suite 210, near Powers Boulevard and Stetson Hills.
Two years ago, Fogarty opened Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates at 3425 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Patients came, and a growing population on the eastern corridor is one reason he’s opening a second rehab center.
The center offers a wide range of physical therapy services, including orthopedic, neurological, vestibular and hand therapy. The clinics also offers rehabilitation services for women who have scar adhesions following breast cancer surgery and for patients suffering from incontinence and pelvic pain.
Chad Ansell has a doctorate in physical therapy and will run the new clinic.
Health department expands
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced that Mauricio Palacio will manage its newly expanded Office of Health Disparities, a program that focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities.
The “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Colorado 2005” report concluded that communities of color are disproportionately affected by disease, disability and death.
According to the report, blacks have the highest death rate and the shortest life expectancy, and the highest rates of cancer, strokes, infant mortality and AIDS.
Latinos have the highest rates of cervical cancer and diabetes. Asians have the highest rates of tuberculosis and hepatitis B.
The Office of Health Disparities is funded by an $825,000 three-year grant from Kaiser Permanente of Colorado.
Palacio, a native of Colombia, has a master’s degree in health education and has been with the state health department since 1992 as the hepatitis C coordinator. Last year he was the acting director of the Office of Health Disparities.
One Voice at a Time
In 2001, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care and the Black Leadership Forum initiated One Voice at a Time, a community partnership of local and national chapters of the NAACP, churches and Colorado Springs leaders interested in educating the black community about hospice care.
On Nov. 11, One Voice at a Time will present a half-day seminar, “Being Thankful for Heritage, Health & Hope,” focusing on the strength of black heritage and spirituality while addressing the challenges associated with advanced disease and end-of-life care decisions.
Mrs. Rupert Richardson, the chairwoman of the NAACP’s national health committee, is the feature speaker.
The First Presbyterian Church’s Weber Street Center at 105 N. Weber St. will host the event from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Registration is required. The cost is $20 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Checks are payable to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care and should be mailed to 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3624, attention: OVAT.
Holiday cheer for seniors
The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, has teamed with Current, Parish Nurses, Life Line, the Girl Scout Wagon Wheel Council and Wal-Mart Super Center stores to provide holiday gifts to seniors.
Last year, 7,000 volunteers delivered gifts to more than 53,000 seniors throughout North America.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is designed to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for seniors who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays,” said Kathryn Curry, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care in Colorado Springs, Monument and Woodland Park.
The program begins Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 9. Local nonprofit organizations will provide the names of seniors to Home Instead.
Christmas trees, which will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors along with their respective gift requests, will go up Nov. 21 in the Wal-Mart Super Center stores at 1575 Space Center Drive and 5550 E. Woodman Road.
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, purchase the requested gift and return both the ornament and the unwrapped gift to the store.
Home Instead volunteers will collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to the seniors. A citywide gift-wrapping day is scheduled for Dec. 14.
For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care at 534-0908. Businesses can also adopt groups of seniors.
New director at Memorial
The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors has named Patricia L. Peterson as its executive director.
Peterson will work with Memorial employees, physicians, businesses and the community to generate support for the hospital’s growing operations and services.
Peterson has served as Memorial’s deputy city attorney and assistant general counsel the past four years.
Marylou Doehrman covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.