RMCC opens two offices in Colorado Springs

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Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is partnering with the physicians of Cancer Center of Colorado Springs and will have two locations in Colorado Springs: 3027 N. Circle Drive and 320 E. Fontanero St., Suite 200.

The sites will comprise Colorado Springs’ largest provider of cancer care. Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers-Colorado Springs will care for about 11,000 patients this year, and will include 12 oncologists and 90 support staff.

RMCC-Colorado Springs has access to about 140 nationwide clinical research trials encompassing all types of cancer. RMCC is one of only 12 community oncology practices in the country to receive honors from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for efforts to improve the care of people with cancer through participation in clinical trials.

Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers also offers diagnostic imaging and radiation technologies, such as mobile PET/CT, intensity modulated radiation therapy and image guided radiation therapy.

Additionally, RMCC offers a variety of support and educational programs for patients, families and cancer survivors.

Arthritis Foundation holds annual fundraiser

The Arthritis Foundation is hosting its 14th Annual Jewels of the Vine Wine Tasting, “A Visit to the Roaring Twenties,” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel.

This year’s event will feature more than 200 “Cal-Ital” wines poured by local celebrities, hors d’oeuvres and a live and silent auction.

Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door, and may be purchased at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp, event code: jewelsvine, by calling the Arthritis Foundation at 520-5711 or phumber@arthritis.org or at Queen Liquor Inc., 1744 W. Uintah St.

Money raised helps to support education, advocacy and awareness efforts, arthritis exercise programs in southern Colorado, Juvenile Arthritis Camp in Estes Park and national and local research grants.

For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation at 520-5711.

Penrose offers flu shots

Each year, seasonal influenza epidemics hospitalize more than 200,000 Americans and kill 36,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This season, unlike in previous years, supplies of flu vaccinations should be ample.

It is recommended that those at risk of catching the flu get the vaccine, including children from 6 months to 5 years, adults over 50, all people over 6 months with a chronic medical condition or certain muscle and nerve disorders, pregnant women, health care workers, residents of nursing homes, household contacts and caregivers of those in high risk categories.

Penrose-St. Francis is offering flu shots for $26, FluMist for $30 and pneumonia shots for $40. There is no charge for flu shots for those with Medicare Part B, Secure Horizons HMO or Rocky Mountain Health Plan.

The Penrose-St. Francis Flu Shot Hotline is 776-5052.

The schedule is as follows:
Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave
Noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 14.
Noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 15
3 to 7 p.m., Nov. 1
1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 10

Penrose Community Hospital Campus, Surgicenter Lobby, 3707 N. Academy Blvd.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21
4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 23
4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 14

El Paso ambulances win national award

American Medical Response of El Paso County is the first Colorado ambulance provider to receive the national EMT-Paramedic Emergency Medical Service of the Year from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The award is given annually to the EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community.

Selection criteria included community involvement, worker safety, training and reward programs, system upgrades and involvement in local and state protocols.

AMR is the 911 provider for El Paso County and has served the region for more than 25 years. In addition to providing service for the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, AMR is also the provider for the U.S. Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base. AMR also has joint service relationships with Fountain and Falcon.

Colorado group offers diabetes conference

Colorado Business Group on Health is hosting a conference about how employers can save money on health care benefits for employees with diabetes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn Select Denver-Cherry Creek, 455 S. Colorado Blvd.

“Innovative Employer Healthcare Solutions, Taming Diabetes: Our Cost/Quality Opportunities” will feature employers from Marriott and Pitney Bowes, as well as several Colorado employers and doctors.

The conference will highlight how to measure human capital and how to effectively manage health benefits.

Call David Lord at 632-5608 for registration information.

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