Memorial Health System Level II trauma center

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Following a review by the American College of Surgeons, the Colorado Department of Health State Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council has unanimously voted to re-designate Memorial Health System’s Level II Trauma Center without deficiency.

Memorial’s Level II trauma designation reflects the center’s comprehensive care for complex and severe trauma patients under the direction of on-site trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and nurses who direct patient care and initiate resuscitation and stabilization interventions.

The center was commended for its access to a range of specialists, comprehensive diagnostic tools and support initiatives — including its tiered activation triage system, which received the review committee’s endorsement as a “best practice” for other trauma centers across the nation.

Members of the ACS review committee cited the center’s proficiencies in the areas of clinical research, professional and community education, injury prevention and regional outreach programs and services

Memorial Health System has the distinction of being the busiest Level II Trauma Center in the state of Colorado and has the region’s only pediatric trauma unit.

Legislation aimed at fighting heart disease in women

A Web site launched by the American Heart Association is providing the public with a tool to urge Congress to pass federal legislation aimed at reducing the No. 1 killer of American women – heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Visitors to can send letters directly to members of Congress urging them to cosponsor the HEART for Women Act, which was introduced this year and would improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women.

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than 480,000 American women each year – more than the next five causes of death combined – and minority women have a greater prevalence of risk factors. To help educate women about cardiovascular diseases, AHA’s Go Red for Women nationwide movement encourages women to learn about the risk factors and to protect their health.

The legislation would authorize an outreach campaign to increase awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women, tighten Food and Drug Administration requirements for reporting gender-based data about new and experimental medicines and devices, and expand screening programs for low-income, uninsured women at risk for heart disease and stroke.

HEART stands for heart disease education, analysis and research, and treatment.

Locally, the annual Go Red for Women Education Day and Luncheon will be held at the Antlers Hotel on Nov. 3. Call the American Heart Association at 635-7688 for more information or to volunteer.

Brim to help build/operate community hospital

Brim Healthcare, a national hospital management firm based in Brentwood, Tenn., has signed a long-term agreement with the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Association to manage and operate a hospital being constructed to serve the residents of Teller County.

Teller County, along with the counties of Douglas, Park and El Paso, is among the fastest growing areas in the United States. The county’s population is about 36,000, an increase of 10,000 since 1995.

Located 35 miles from Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital will be a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital that offers a variety of medical and surgical services. There will be space to expand to 25 beds if the need arises.

Each of the private patient rooms will face Pikes Peak. Construction of the facility is under way and the hospital is slated to open in August 2007.

The 40,000-square-foot facility will include a surgery department, an emergency room with a trauma unit and special procedure rooms. A heliport will be adjacent to the hospital.

“Of greatest importance to the community initially will be the availability of 24/7 emergency and trauma services,” said Richard Harris, a Woodland Park doctor who has been involved in building the hospital. “The elimination of the need to travel to Colorado Springs over mountainous terrain and steep canyons that are often affected by weather will minimize the risk to the safety and security of the patient and family.”

Hospital services will include radiography, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and CT scanning. In addition to an accredited clinical laboratory, the facility will offer diagnostic and treatment services in cardiology, physical therapy, cardiopulmonary medicine, as well as comprehensive women’s services.

When construction is completed, Brim will assume the operational and financial risks associated with running the hospital. Brim will be responsible for employing the CEO, as well as all other staff members. Prior to the hospital’s opening, Brim will be recruiting additional needed physicians and other key medical care providers to the community.

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