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Peak Vista to build new clinic in Fountain

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers will begin construction of a new 14,000-square-foot community health center in Fountain next week. Pam McManus, president and CEO of the safety-net clinic, said that the new center will help met the needs of people in southern El Paso County. “This will enable us to continue to ensure that the… Continue Reading Peak Vista to build new clinic in Fountain

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More Coloradans died by suicide in 2012 than ever before, says the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment. The state’s suicide death toll has been climbing in the past decade, giving Colorado one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. In 2012, 1,053 people in the state completed suicide, representing a rate of… Continue Reading Colorado’s suicide rate reaches record numbers in 2012

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DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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The Colorado Division of Insurance approved 541 new health insurance plans from 18 carriers that will offer insurance to consumers and businesses starting Jan. 1, 2014. The new health plans must offer, under federal law, a set of essential benefits and a variety of choices. The division started reviewing the plans in May to make… Continue Reading DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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The Community Health Partnership received a grant for $22,500 from Kaiser Permanente to support the Coordinated Access to Community Health program. CATCH is a program for low-income residents that provides referrals for primary care, speciality consultations and ancillary services like x-rays and laboratory tests. Doctors donate services to patients and a prescription drug program is… Continue Reading CHP receives grant for medical care for low-income residents

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Providers battle elderly’s psychiatric needs

About once a week, an elderly person is stuck in the emergency room with a mental-health problem that went undiagnosed and untreated for too long. Caregivers at home, in assisted living or at the hospital are unable to help, worried about the safety of other staff and residents. But the person might not qualify for… Continue Reading Providers battle elderly’s psychiatric needs

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Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

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Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

Nearly a year after voters approved leasing Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health, followed by months of new hires and additional equipment, the hospital announced its biggest project yet. Memorial will seek Level One trauma certification, a designation given only to four hospitals in the state so far, none of them outside Denver.… Continue Reading Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

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Finding a new way

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Finding a new way

Nursing shortage leads to creative local solutions Fewer nurses are working longer hours and caring for more patients — thanks to a combination of tight hospital budgets and an aging workforce. And in Colorado, the problem is nearly twice as acute as in the rest of the nation. Colorado health care experts say there is… Continue Reading Finding a new way

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Centura Health affiliates with Leadville hospital

Centura Health and St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville have signed an affiliation and services agreement that establishes an expanded system of care for St. Vincent Hospital. St. Vincent is the eighth independent affiliate to join the Centura Health network along with San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Conejos County Hospital in La Jara,… Continue Reading Centura Health affiliates with Leadville hospital

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Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

Memorial Hospital could become the first hospital in Colorado in decades to achieve Level One trauma center certification from the state — and the only hospital to have the designation outside Denver. The hospital announced Thursday that it is starting a feasibility study, the first step in the process to achieve the designation from the… Continue Reading Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

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Nearly a year ago, voters in Colorado Springs allowed University of Colorado Health to lease Memorial Hospital, bringing a powerhouse nonprofit from Denver to work its magic on the struggling municipal system. UCH has worked hard, publicly and behind the scenes, to turn around Memorial’s patient volume, installing a multi-million-dollar electronic health records system and… Continue Reading Memorial’s morale up; numbers still sluggish

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