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No matter how small or large, companies say philanthropy is smart business — and part of being a responsible corporate citizen.
“It’s definitely a very important part of who we are as a company,” said Bill Hurt, founder of ERA Shields Real Estate. “We’re very lucky, and we’ve been blessed with an exceptional, bountiful quality of life. Not everyone enjoys this same level, so we want to help those who are not as fortunate.” Continue Reading Corporate philanthropy expands beyond dollars

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Consumers now have access to updated information about the quality of care provided in Colorado’s hospitals.
The Colorado Health and Hospital Association (CHA) Performance and Quality Group, which released risk-adjusted mortality information (death rates) in April 2005 detailing 11 common reasons why patients are admitted to a hospital, has updated the information to include 2004 data. Continue Reading Colo. Hospitals release quality-of-care statistics

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New identification requirements – aimed at removing illegal immigrants from the Medicaid rolls – went into effect last week, but it will be some time before hospitals, clinics and other health care providers will be able to determine what effect the changes will have on their businesses.
As of July 1, anyone applying for the state-funded health program must have a certified birth certificate and a picture identification card. People with U.S. passports, certificates of naturalization or certificates of citizenship only need one form. Continue Reading Citizenship proof could prove to be a hardship

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New cancer treatment

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Bill “Maverick” Thiede was running out of options to treat two tumors on his brainstem. After three months of treatment, radiation failed to stop their growth. But Thiede has another option, thanks to a state-of-the-art system available at Memorial Health Systems.
Known as TomoTherapy, the system allows doctors to precisely target the tumors with radiation. The system combines three-dimensional imaging from CT scanning with targeted radiation beams. Continue Reading New cancer treatment

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Jerry Bagg has been named the President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation.
Bagg, the president of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, will oversee four other foundations throughout the state, including St. Anthony Health Foundation of Denver, St. Mary Corwin Health Foundation of Pueblo, St. Thomas Moore Health Foundation of Canon City and Mercy Medical Foundation of Durango. Continue Reading CHI Colorado Foundation picks new president/CEO

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It’s not rocket science, but it’s the next best thing.
A number of products used every day, from mattresses to fishing reel lubricants, were created using the same technology – and sometimes the same products – that help keep NASA’s space program moving forward.
In 1994, X-1R embarked on a challenge issued by the space agency to create a lubricant for the tracks of the space crawler, which moves the space shuttle over land. Continue Reading Space technology makes impact on everyday life

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With gas prices still hovering near $3 a gallon – and with expected summer increases ahead – small retail businesses should consider going online to keep profit margins high.
That’s the advice of Marc Joseph, president of DollarDays.com and author of “The Secrets of Retailing or How to Beat Wal-Mart.” Continue Reading Small business starting to feel effects of $3 gas

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If hydrogen is going to replace fossil fuels as the future of energy for the United States, there are still a few hurdles that must be overcome, and the focus must expand beyond the automotive industry.
Last month, the Colorado Fuel Cell Center opened on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. The center focuses on fuel-cell research, development, education and commercial application. Continue Reading Fuel cell technology has a long but clear road ahead

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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has announced the 2007 National Patient Safety Goals and Related Requirements for each of its accreditation programs and its disease-specific care certification program.
The goals and requirements, approved by the organization’s Board of Commissioners, apply to the nearly 15,000 commission-accredited and certified health care organizations and programs. Continue Reading Accreditation commission sets patient safety goals

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“Simplifying the challenges of today’s workplace.”
That’s how Microsoft is marketing the next generation of Office, scheduled to launch in January with Windows Vista, the latest operating system upgrade from the computing giant.
“It’s going to be different from what they are used to,” said Trevor Dierdorff, owner of Amnet, a Colorado Springs information technology provider for small businesses. “But it’s very intuitive – even more intuitive than their earlier programs.” Continue Reading Microsoft launching new Office with Vista in Jan.

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