Memorial, Denver kids’ hospital forge alliance

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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.
Officials at Memorial say the partnership will enhance opportunities for research, clinical trial preparation and timely information exchanges between the two groups.
The collaboration will include staff and physicians and enhance patient transfers and medical consultants for children who need specialized services.
The Denver Children’s Hospital has been designated one of the nation’s outstanding children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and Child Magazine. The hospital provides pediatric care at its main campus and through a network that includes 11 Children’s Care Centers and more than 400 outreach clinics.

JCAO offering special audio-conferences

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is conducting free monthly one-hour audio-conferences with Joint Commission President Dennis S. O’Leary. The dates and topics for upcoming audio-conferences are:
June 28: Enhancing Access to and Utility of Data Available to the Public through Quality Check
July 26: Providing Useful Quality Improvement Reports to Accredited Health Care Organizations
August 24: The Joint Commission’s Public Policy Initiative on the Development of a National Performance Measurement Strategy
September 27: Hospital Accreditation as a Valuable Management Tool
November 1: Hospital Accreditation
The conferences begin at noon. Information will be sent to hospitals via e-mail prior to each call. Transcripts are available on the commission’s Web site. Contact Cathy Barry-Ipema at cipema@jcaho.org for more information

Youth mental health meetings scheduled

Several organizations have planned a series of meetings throughout the state to gain public input to develop a plan to enhance the youth mental health and juvenile justice systems.
The meetings are sponsored by The Legislative Task Force on the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System and the Colorado LINKS (Linking Interagency Networks for Kids Services) for Mental Health.
The groups will discuss efforts to improve the state mental health and juvenile justice systems, and prioritize areas where improvement is deemed necessary to benefit families and children, said the press release announcing the events.
The first meeting is scheduled for June 2 at the Boulder County Public Health Department in Longmont. A meeting also is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 in Pueblo at the Crossroads Turning Point Family Center.
Other meetings include Denver, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CDPHE; Ignacio at SunUte Community Center, June 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Buena Vista, June 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center.
Advocates and leaders from the mental health, substance abuse, public health, schools, child welfare, the judiciary, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, community and cultural groups, policymakers and public providers are invited to attend the meetings.
For more information, call Pilar Ingargiola at (303) 548-5632

RespiteMatch.com connects patients and professionals

RespiteMatch.com was created by David Jayne, a patient with Lou Gehrig’s disease, from his need to find a comprehensive source on the Internet for caregivers, nurses, LPN’s, CNA’s, mid-wives, physical therapists, occupational therapists, elder care and other home healthcare professionals to work in people’s homes.
Modeled after popular dating sites, RespiteMatch members, both caregivers and patients, create a detailed health profile and then receive notification if their profile is added to another individual’s MatchList. There is no charge.
Subscribers have access to all of the RespiteMatch features and services including MatchList notification, all contact information, availability, employment verification, education and professional license verification, DMV checks, credit history checks, criminal history checks, employment history checks, reference checks and instant sex offender checks.
Newly installed is the RespiteMatch search capability. Users have the ability to search by specific health care skills or needs, ensuring their health specifications are met. Members can also search by location with a GPS powered ZIP code search.
The RespiteMatch Plus service is available for those unable to make a successful match in their individual search.
RespiteMatch allows caregivers and patients to list specific health care skills, qualifications and experience in order to create the best and most suitable match.
Jayne is a 17-year survivor of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since his diagnosis, he has searched for qualified caregivers, using other media to find professional health care givers. He created RespiteMatch.com to address the specific needs of homebound patients and those qualified to provide care.
Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.