Health South opens new North Powers Facility

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Health South has opened a Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 5570 Powers Center Point, next to Dream Dinners.

“For those familiar with our Chapel Hills location at the CSHP Medical Center, we now offer the same services here at our North Powers location, including our pilates and foot and ankle services,” said marketing director Suraya Demirtas.

Dyanna Haley-Rezac is the site coordinator for the facility and will oversee daily operations and clinical programs. She has a doctorate of physical therapy from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from West Virginia University.

The full-service outpatient therapy center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The clinic is closed on Thursdays.

March of Dimes announces funding

The El Paso County Department of Public Health received one of 13 service grants from the March of Dimes as part of its 2006 funding for healthy mom/healthy baby initiatives.

The health department received $8,000 for a program that will provide health education for black mothers, according to the March of Dimes Web site.

The nonprofit organization will spend a total of $1.65 million on research, service grants and other mission programs related to advocacy efforts for health mothers and babies.

The El Paso County grant was part of $91,800 given to community service agencies around the state, including Colorado Perinatal Care Council, Invest in Kids, Clinica Campesina, the Jefferson County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, the Catholic Charities/Diocese of Pueblo, Saguache County Nursing Service, Gunnison County Public Health, Hinsdale Public Health, Hilltop Community Resources Inc., Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the San Juan Basin Health Department.

The March of Dimes also announced it is giving $1.38 million in research grants to The Children’s Hospital, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Each project focuses on understanding and preventing birth defects and premature births.

Individuals and groups interested in March of Dimes funding opportunities should contact the organization at 473-9981. The community service grant application process for 2007 begins this summer.

Parkview offers Pueblo scholarship

The Parkview Foundation and Parkview Medical Staff services are offering a scholarship to Pueblo County residents who are studying health care at Colorado universities.

The Robert A. Huffaker Scholarship pays a maximum of $5,000 for tuition, fees and books.

The scholarship applicant must be a junior or senior college undergraduate, enrolled in a graduate program or enrolled in a two-year technical program by fall 2006. The applicant must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

For more information, visit www.parkviewmc.org/FoundationSc.htm. The deadline for applications is May 31.

Coalition supports patient billing friendly initiative

A public/private partnership of organizations committed to reducing the administrative costs and complexity of health care has announced its support for patient friendly billing, an initiative spearheaded by the Healthcare Financial Management Association in partnership with the American Hospital Association, the Medical Group Management Association and other leading provider, consulting and technology organizations.

The Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition (HASC) says the plan would make explanations from hospitals and insurance companies easier to understand.

HASC members agreed to issue the following statement and to support the efforts of the Patient Friendly Billing project:

  • The health care industry should strive to make patient financial communications clear, concise, correct and patient-friendly.
  • The needs of patients and their family members should be paramount when designing administrative processes and communications.
  • Information gathering should be coordinated among providers and insurers, and this collection process should be done efficiently, in private, and with as little duplication as possible.
  • Patients should be informed about financial expectations as early in the process as possible. This includes assistance with financial arrangements, if applicable.
  • Health care financial communications should be concise and easy to read. All written and spoken terminology should be readily understood by consumers. All communications should describe their purpose; any actions the patient needs to take, and provide contact information for questions or for additional information.

Find more information about the Patient Friendly Billing project at www.patientfriendlybilling.org.

Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.