El Paso County life, death, disease report available

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The current health status of Pikes Peak region residents is the focus of a report issued by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.

“Life, Death and Disease in El Paso County, Colorado: 2006 Report to the Community” provides the first county-specific data and analysis of health in 14 categories.

The categories measured include chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, overweight/obesity issues, tobacco use, maternal and infant health, immunizations, physical activity, substance abuse and environmental quality.

“For those working to protect and improve the health of our county residents, this report provides answers and new questions that we’ve never had before,” said Rosemary Bakes-Martin, El Paso County’s public health administrator. “In the past, we’ve had to rely on data extrapolated from statewide and national data, but that’s not always representative of our county. This new report charts a new course for our community.”

In preparation for the report, the health department conducted a community health survey, which measured self-reported health status and needs of 3,000 residents. Data gathered during that process was measured against the national “Healthy People 2010” study to provide a benchmark against which El Paso County can measure itself and make decisions to meet current and future needs.

“Data drives everything we do at the health department,” Bakes-Martin said. “Through comprehensive data analysis, we prioritize our resources to meet challenges, and by sharing the data with our community, we provide residents with information they need to make good quality-of-life decisions.”

The report is available online at www.elpasocountyhealth.org.

New CFO named to Pikes Peak Regional Hospital

Janet Montel has been named the new chief financial officer for Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, which is currently under construction in Woodland Park.

Montel has a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Colorado State University and an executive MBA from the University of Colorado in Denver.

She worked for nearly 30 years in fiscal services at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan. Most recently, Montel had served as the interim business office manager for Klickitat Valley Health Services in Goldendale, Wash.

The 40,000-square-foot hospital will include a surgery suite, an emergency department with the availability of 24/7 trauma care and other key primary healthcare services. The 15-bed hospital will have the capacity to expand to 25 inpatient beds.

Memorial makes shift to electronic records

Memorial Health System is putting medical records online to provide physicians with real-time access to medical information to help deliver better patient-centric care.

“Seconds count in a medical trauma situation,” said John Slack, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer. “Electronic medical records provide physicians with access to information where they need it, allowing them to make more informed decisions about patient care.”

More than 98 percent of Memorial’s medical staff who operate in independent practices are now able to access patient data such as insurance information and laboratory and radiology results through Memorial’s PhysicianLink, a Web-based portal for physicians.

Centura Health aligns with Envision Radiology

Centura Health has entered into a partnership with Envision Radiology to develop a network of imaging centers throughout the Denver metro area.

According to Matthew Calone, business development manager for Centura Health, the move will create geographical coverage that will provide a variety of benefits for patients, referring physicians, third-party payers and employers.

Centura and Envision will launch the partnership in two radiology centers, South Denver Imaging and City Place Imaging.

Envision Radiology is based in Colorado Springs.

Donate your extra coats to Coats for Colorado

Colorado residents can help the less fortunate in the community by donating new or used coats to the Dependable Cleaner’s Coats for Colorado Drive.

While there are no Dependable Cleaners stores in the Colorado Springs area, several emergency medical services agencies have signed up to be drop-off locations through Nov. 30:

  • American Medical Response business office, 2370 N. Powers Blvd.
  • Falcon Fire Station 1, 7030 N. Meridian Road
  • Security Fire Station 1, 400 Security Blvd.
  • Wescott Fire Station 1, 15415 Gleneagle Drive

Coats for Colorado is the state’s largest coat drive and has provided more than 1.5 million coats to residents, including more than 77,000 during its 2005 campaign.

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