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In Colorado, more than 1 million people younger than 65 — more than 82 percent of whom are insured — will spend more than 10 percent of their family incomes for health care costs next year, according to a report issued by Families USA, a consumer health organization. Continue Reading Colorado’s families face increasing health care costs

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The 15th edition of the group’s Physician Compensation and Productivity Survey Report outlines base salaries, cash compensation and productivity, incentive compensation, doctor benefits, resident compensation, hourly rates and on-call rates. About 260 organizations participated in the survey. Continue Reading Physicians are again taking home smaller paychecks

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Memorial CEO Dick Eitel to retire next year

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Memorial Health System’s board of directors announced today that CEO Dick Eitel will retire next year. Vice President of Communications Rita Burns said that Eitel will leave his post as soon as a replacement is found. The announcement came this afternoon during a regular monthly update to City Council. “It’s just a notice of retirement,”… Continue Reading Memorial CEO Dick Eitel to retire next year

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Kaiser gives $16 million to fight obesity

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Kaiser Permanente announced yesterday that it will give $16 million to support a statewide anti-obesity program. Kaiser will disperse the money over five years to the nonprofit LiveWell Colorado, a public-private program to fight obesity in the state. LiveWell was established in March by Kaiser, the Colorado Health Foundation and the Colorado Department of Public… Continue Reading Kaiser gives $16 million to fight obesity

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Penrose-St. Francis Hospital is one of 45 hospitals in Colorado that is participating in the “5 Million Lives Campaign,” a nationwide effort designed to curtail practices that lead to patient injuries and death.
To support the nationwide effort, designed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Colorado Trust has given participating Colorado hospitals and support groups grants totaling $3.9 million. Continue Reading Colorado Trust grants aimed at improving patient safety

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The Colorado Patient Safety Coalition honored Parkview Medical Center for its patient safety record during the 2007 Patient Safety Conference. Parkview was chosen for the award based on the hospital-wide reduction in medication errors using wireless, hand-held devices that allow nurses to capture and document vital sign information. Called the CARE system, the device guides… Continue Reading Parkview recognized for cutting ‘near-miss events’

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Centura fires CEO

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The Board of Directors for Centura Health has fired CEO Gregory Burfitt. Centura is the state’s largest health care provider and parent organization for Penrose-St. Francis Health Center in Colorado Springs. The board cited differences in management philosophy as the reason for terminating Burfitt’s contract. Burfitt began working at Centura in November 2005, moving from… Continue Reading Centura fires CEO

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The Partnership for a Healthy Colorado has launched a Web site, www.healthypartnership.org, and a radio advertising campaign to highlight health care reform and attempt to engage people in the health care reform process.
The push comes as the governor’s commission on health care reform is preparing to meet a January deadline to report to the legislature about proposals for reforming the state’s health care system. Continue Reading Healthy Colorado launches insurance education drive

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Be careful how you smile around the office – it says a lot about your professionalism. Raise your eyebrows with a smile and your flirting. Curl up the edges of your mouth while your brow is furled and could be perceived as condescending. That’s what Patti Wood, self-proclaimed body language expert and author of Success… Continue Reading Is your smile sending the wrong message?

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The Colorado Trust has pledged $1 million to the state’s secondary schools to boost school-based health centers.
The grant will be awarded to communities through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The money will be used for direct services at the centers. An additional $250,000 will support a School Health Leadership Task Force to create a comprehensive plan to strengthen the system of integrated school health. Continue Reading Trust awards $1 million to expand school-based health centers

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