Osteopathic Foundation begins new construction

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The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation has broken ground on its Centennial Health facility at 3480 Centennial Blvd.

The 11,706 square-foot, single-story medical office building is being constructed by H.W. Houston Construction Co. of Pueblo. Architectural firm James W. Nakai & Associates, in association with Rob Seever of Keystone Associates, designed the new facility.

The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation provides primary medical care for the community’s mature population, with the mission of “Caring for those who cared for us.” The foundation is accepting Medicare and Tricare patients, something few providers are currently doing.

The physicians and nurse practitioners provide medical care at five assisted living facilities: Brighton Gardens, Alterra Sterling House, Sunrise University Park, Village at Skyline and Winslow Court.

Parkview Homecare named one of the top in the nation

Parkview Homecare has been named one of the top 100 homecare agencies in the nation by the National Association of Homecare.

The designation is based on data from Home Health “Compare and CMS Cost” reports. Three domains of performance were included in the calculation of the score — quality of care, quality improvement and financial performance.

Parkview Homecare provides in-home health care which is aimed at moving patients to an independent level of self-care.

Census Bureau: Aging population not a crisis

As America’s baby boomers retire, the U.S. Census Bureau believes that the economic impact of their health care will not be as strong as once feared, mainly because of a significant drop in the percentage of older people with disabilities, a new federal study has concluded.

The Census Bureau’s 243-page report about the aging population, among the largest about the subject that bureau has ever complied, shows that the generation of Americans reaching 60 are markedly different from previous generations. They are more prosperous, better educated and healthier.

What this suggests, said Richard Hodes, director of the Institute on Aging, is that while many older Americans will eventually become disabled, it will happen later, and older adults will enjoy more years without disability.

The study showed that the percentage of those over 65 who had a disability described as a “substantial limitation in a major life activity” fell to 19.7 percent in 1999, with signs that the trend will continue.

Hodes cautioned, though, that the growing obesity rate in the United States could neutralize the positive trend.

M.D. News to publish EPCMS newsletter

M.D. News Magazines will take over production of El Paso County Medical Society Newsletter.

For news items that can’t wait for a publication date, EPCMS will send out faxes to its members. Additionally, online news will be available at www.epcms.org, beginning in December.

Peak Vista announces expansion

Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ has purchased a building at 225 S. Union to further meet growth demands, community need and to serve more patients, according to CEO B.J. Scott.

The 33,414-square-foot facility will be renovated during the second half of 2007. It has the potential to increase patient care space by 30 exam rooms plus staff work areas. The building near Peak Vista’s existing main campus and on a bus line.

“The highly visible location of this new site is ideal for easy patient access. The additional space will allow Peak Vista to expand its services to more people in the Pikes Peak Region who face access barriers … including the uninsured,” Scott said.

The purchase is just one piece of Peak Vista’s strategic plan to expand its infrastructure to support the hiring of more medical and dental providers and other support staff to serve more patients.

Other expansion plans completed or underway to further serve more working families in the Pikes Peak Region include: a new Family Health Center at Myron Stratton planned for summer 2007; the recently expanded new Divide Health Center site that opened summer 2006 with integrated dental and medical services; the Fountain Health Center that opened in January 2006 with integrated primary medical, dental and behavior healthcare; and the ongoing recruitment of several new providers to serve more patients.

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