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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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All Colorado residents will be required to have insurance – with burdens placed on the insurance industry and employers as well as consumers – under a proposal recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. The package is similar to the fifth proposal that the commission developed. Yet the commission chose not to… Continue Reading Plan calls for mandatory health insurance

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The latest analysis released by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform shows that streamlining administrative procedures could save the state nearly $170 million. The commission identified strategies for simplifying the administrative process: require all health plans to issue ID cards that conform to nationally accepted standards streamline the provider credentialing process simplify eligibility… Continue Reading Health care reform study: streamline to save $170 million

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Fewer employers offer health insurance coverage

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Employer-based health insurance coverage has declined for the sixth year in a row.
The Economic Policy Institute reports that about 59 percent of Americans were covered by employer-based insurance last year, nearly 2.3 million fewer than during 2000.
The percentage of children covered by employer-based insurance also was 59 percent, but 2.4 million fewer children were covered during 2006 than during 2000, and public health insurance programs no longer offset these losses. Continue Reading Fewer employers offer health insurance coverage

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Chipotle drops hormone from menu

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Denver-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill said this week that it will drop items from its menu containing the growth hormone rBGH by year’s end. The hormone is used to stimulate milk production in dairy cattle. Chipotle began serving sour cream free of the growth hormone last year. Over the past few months, the company… Continue Reading Chipotle drops hormone from menu

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