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State lags in child health care

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Colorado’s Health Report Card: Healthy Beginnings C- Healthy Children C- Healthy Adolescents B Healthy Adults B Healthy Aging A- Colorado’s aging population is relatively healthy, but its children rank only average in health care needs and gains. That’s according to the Colorado Health Foundation’s annual report card. The state ranks average or below average on… Continue Reading State lags in child health care

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Penrose vascular center opens tomorrow

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Penrose Health Center will open its 22,000 square-foot vascular center tomorrow. The center is a joint venture between the Vascular Center of Colorado and the Penrose-St. Francis Heart Institute. It will provide for elective and emergent invasive cardiac needs, including angiography and emergency stent placement, ablations and the entire pacing spectrum, ranging from single-chamber pacing… Continue Reading Penrose vascular center opens tomorrow

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Memorial, Penrose win organ donor award

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Memorial Health System and Penrose Health Center received an award for organ donation excellence from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Medal of Honor is given to hospitals that have been able to sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more for at least a year and have had at least eight… Continue Reading Memorial, Penrose win organ donor award

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Penrose Health Center’s trauma center has earned verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Traumas Verification/?Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers which provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also pre-hospital and rehabilitation treatment. The verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing trauma care for all injured patients. Continue Reading Penrose earns verification as Level II Trauma Center

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Centura makes hospital plans for Castle Rock

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Centura Health is developing a medical complex in Castle Rock that will eventually house a full-service hospital. The health care system, which also owns Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, is building a medical campus that initially will offer emergency room services, imaging and laboratory services, along with a medical office building. The first phase of outpatient… Continue Reading Centura makes hospital plans for Castle Rock

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St. Mary-Corwin flu and pneumonia shots

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo will offer flu and pneumonia shots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct.17 at 1008 Minnequa Ave., in the west tower’s main lobby. The cost for flu shots is $26; pneumonia shots will cost $40. Flu shots will be available to those 6 months and older. FluMist will be… Continue Reading St. Mary-Corwin flu and pneumonia shots

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Smoking rate takes dive

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Colorado is among nation’s top 10 states for lowest smoking rate, and smoking among high school students has dropped below 16 percent.
“The willingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being plays a significant role in building a healthy state and a sustainable health care system,” said Gov. Bill Ritter when he announced the results. Continue Reading Smoking rate takes dive

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The Penrose Cancer Center is hosting a panel discussion about magnetic resonance imaging and mammograms – and to encourage people to attend, they’re serving free dinner and awarding door prizes. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the cancer center conference room, at 2222 N. Nevada. Ave. The cancer panel… Continue Reading Mammograms, magnetic resonance and free dinner

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a challenge to the state’s restaurants, asking them to evaluate the food on their menus and offer more healthy choices.
Shana Patterson, a registered dietitian with the program, also encouraged Coloradoans who dine at participating restaurants to look for the department’s Smart Meal Seal on healthy menu items. Continue Reading State health department pushing healthy menu choices

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State health department now offering e-mail alerts

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An automated e-mail subscription service that alerts subscribers to natural disasters and pandemic influenza is now available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The updates are delivered through e-mail and text-enabled devices. Continue Reading State health department now offering e-mail alerts

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