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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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There is no shortage of opinions about the impact of Federal health care reform. For those of us who own or manage businesses, opinions are terrific material for water cooler speculation, but the real challenge we must face is to understand the practical impact of health care reform on our businesses, the people we employ… Continue Reading Exchange bill needs businesses’ support

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Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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By Heather Kelly Sustainability is no longer a fringe issue — it’s big business. Mix increased demand for resources with limited supply and the economic risks and opportunities become clear. With the stakes this high, most Fortune 100 companies already have C-level sustainability staff whose job goes well beyond compliance to value creation and innovation.… Continue Reading Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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27th Annual Space Symposium a success

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By Elliot Pulham The Space Foundation just wrapped up the National Space Symposium — the 27th held here in Colorado Springs — and, although I didn’t think it possible after last year, we outdid ourselves again. The potential government shutdown cost us a few government speakers and attendees, but everything else came off spectacularly. We… Continue Reading 27th Annual Space Symposium a success

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Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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By Dave Munger and Stephannie Finley As major stakeholders in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project, we disagree with the Business Journal’s Feb. 4 opinion article Academy Boulevard Plans Need to be Reworked; particularly with its premise that this corridor should not be made a focus of community re-investment over the next decades. The… Continue Reading Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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I have had the privilege of both living in Colorado Springs for most of my life and practicing medicine here for nearly 28 years. We are extremely fortunate to have two competing, but collegial hospital systems in our city that are mission driven to provide care to all, regardless of financial status. I have been… Continue Reading Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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By John McGuire What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list for the new year? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets,… Continue Reading Gaining competitive edge by slowing down, listening

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Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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The work of the Memorial Citizens’ Commission is for all intents and purposes complete. This commission, consisting of nine highly educated and diverse citizen volunteers, conducted an extensive public outreach process and provided numerous opportunities for citizen access throughout all quadrants of the community. Our process consisted of more than 50 town hall meetings open… Continue Reading Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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Time has arrived to make hard choices

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By Craig Carnick If you want to watch something alarming, look at the U.S. Debt Clock at www.usdebtclock.org. It calculates, second-by-second, America’s rising debt (approaching $14 trillion), federal spending (nearly $3.5 trillion a year) and budget deficit (roughly $1.3 trillion). Second-by-second the numbers increase, and you can also watch (more slowly) the inexorable rise in… Continue Reading Time has arrived to make hard choices

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