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Top leaders resign at Memorial

Memorial Hospital’s CEO, Mike Scialdone, and chief financial officer, Tracy Narvet, have resigned effective Friday. Also effective Jan. 17, new leadership has stepped in, according to a news release this morning from University of Colorado Health. Since 2008, Scialdone has led Memorial Hospital through numerous crises and leadership changes, and most notably through the transition… Continue Reading Top leaders resign at Memorial

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Penrose attains recognition for nursing excellence

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Magnet recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in… Continue Reading Penrose attains recognition for nursing excellence

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Spectranetics provides on-site employee health care

Two Colorado companies, Spectranetics Corp. and Paladina Health, teamed up to offer health clinics for Spectranetics employees in Colorado Springs. Spectranetics has more than 325 employees at its InterQuest Business Park headquarters. The clinics will become a part of the company’s wellness package. Paladina Health has Denver headquarters. The plan involves giving employees round-the-clock access… Continue Reading Spectranetics provides on-site employee health care

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Health systems plan Memorial expansion

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Health systems plan Memorial expansion

The University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado have announced plans to expand their services throughout the Colorado Springs area, which may include construction of new facilities. In a news release Friday, the partners said that they are “exploring building a new free-standing children’s hospital adjacent to Memorial Hospital North” in addition to expansion… Continue Reading Health systems plan Memorial expansion

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Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

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Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced the state received a $58.5 million Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act performance bonus from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This marks the fourth consecutive year Colorado has earned CMS recognition for ongoing efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and… Continue Reading Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

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Year in review: Health care

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Hospitals receive kudos Like many other comparable, ambitious hospitals, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services earns its fair share of national and state-level recognition. But some of those honors mean more, and that’s the case now as Penrose-St. Francis has been named one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. “It’s… Continue Reading Year in review: Health care

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By Dr. Robert J. Hoyer Few words evoke as much dread or fear as “cancer.” New research and cutting-edge care are redefining what a cancer diagnosis means. Cancer specialists now have more options in customizing a person’s care than ever before. While cancer is never a diagnosis anyone wants to receive, these medical advances are… Continue Reading Working to end cancer, aided by technology, screening

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By Dr. Richard Spurlock Individuals and employers alike are navigating a complex health care system these days. In Colorado Springs, Kaiser Permanente is working to address this complexity head-on as it incorporates technology, evidence-based research and collaborative care teams to provide high-quality, coordinated patient care. Kaiser Permanente is unique in that it is both an… Continue Reading Kaiser offers integrated, coordinated patient care

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Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

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Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

Caregivers may experience compassion fatigue when they are continually exposed to traumatic injuries, often seen during war, and also inside hospital emergency rooms. Memorial Hospital Nurse Kathleen Flarity also works as a commissioned colonel in the Air Force Reserves. She has studied compassion fatigue since being deployed to Afghanistan. “I just finished 33 years in… Continue Reading Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

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When people fall in an emergency room, any medical treatment as a result of the fall is paid for by the hospital. Historically, there’s been no assessment tool to ascertain the risk level of falling in emergency departments — until Dr. Kathleen Flarity created one for Memorial Hospital. “There was nothing in the United States… Continue Reading Memorial staffer first in nation to study ER falls

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