Penrose-St. Francis seeks artists for new facility

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is seeking artists for a juried show which will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31.

“As an artistically rich community, Penrose knows that there is a legion of local artists whose works would add great character, and perhaps even healing properties, to the new hospital,” according to a news release.

The health care provider is scheduled to open St. Francis Medical Center in mid-2008 near the corner of Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard.

For an entry form, visit www.penrosestfrancis.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Julie Armstrong, Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907.

Entries must be received no later than Aug. 15.

Memorial Health System hires new COO

Doug Landolfi has been appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of Memorial Health System.

He has 22 years of experience in the health care industry.

Prior to joining Memorial, Landolfi served as CEO and founder of DigitalCare Inc. From 1986-96, Landolfi worked for Calumet Coach Co., a health care manufacturing company specializing in mobile diagnostic medical equipment.

He also was co-founder, chairman and CEO of RapidCare Medical Clinics Inc., which works with county and municipal governments to evaluate, institute and manage employee medical clinics and pharmacies.

Landolfi has served as chairman of Memorial’s Medical Ethics Committee and on the system’s board of trustees.

Diabetes on increase; diet is solution

As usual, there is good news and bad news on the health-and-fitness front.

New cases of Type 2 diabetes among middle-aged Americans have skyrocketed, almost entirely because of obesity and sedentary behavior, according to a study reported in the journal Circulation.

Examining data for more than 3,000 men and women, ages 40 to 55, researchers found that the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes doubled between the 1970s and the 1990s, with the rate among women showing an 84 percent increase during the 1990s, compared to the 1970s. The rate for men doubled during that time.

The good news is that a vegetable-rich diet and exercise can go a long way toward improving health. Mice whose diets included 30 percent vegetables reduced their risk of atherosclerosis by 38 percent, according to a study conducted at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Recommendations from the American Heart Association call for eating reduced saturated and trans fats, as well as sugars; plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; no smoking; maintaining normal levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugars; and 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

JACHO and ADA collaborate on diabetes standards

The American Diabetes Association and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations are recognizing hospital diabetes programs that meet national quality standards and raise the quality of care provided to patients with diabetes.

Based on ADA clinical practice guidelines, the commission has developed an inpatient diabetes care certification program.

More than 14 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and $1 of every $10 being spent for health care is spent for diabetes treatment. This includes more than $40 billion for inpatient hospital care.

Organizations seeking certification will undergo an onsite review which will include an assessment of performance measurement and improvement activities. Organizations also will be assessed regarding the qualifications and competencies of practitioners, the processes established to encourage patient self-management, leadership support for the program and use of clinical information systems to monitor patient care management.

Family AfFaire helps three causes

A fundraiser to benefit patients with multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and spinal cord injuries is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at 49 Marland Road.

A Family AfFaire has raised more than $75,000 for individuals and families in Colorado Springs.

In 2005, A Family AfFaire funds provided help that included home assistance and mobility equipment, transportation services, rehabilitation, medicine and counseling.

The fundraiser, which attracted about 600 guests last year, will be a casual, outdoor affair including dinner, dancing and activities for the whole family.

There also will be a prize drawing, consisting of items such as golf at the Broadmoor, brunch and a one-night stay at the resort, Bengal/Bronco tickets and yoga classes.

Tickets are $200 for a family of four and $100 for individuals, and are available by calling Ann Beach at 578-5694.

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