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Delayed heart treatment increasing death rates

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In nearly one-third of cardiac arrest cases, delayed hospital response lead to brain damage and death, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. A study released today identified 6,789 patients who had cardiac arrest at 369 hospitals across the nation and found that many hospitals delayed defibrillation response for more than two minutes. Reasons… Continue Reading Delayed heart treatment increasing death rates

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Small business group addresses health care crisis

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“I think the insurance companies are lobbying so heavily at that level, it will be left up to the states,” she said.
While the principles set up by the small-business group are laudable, she doesn’t believe reform will be comprehensive. Continue Reading Small business group addresses health care crisis

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McDivitt Law Firm will pay for Yellow Cab rides within Colorado Springs this New Year’s Eve. Attorney Mike McDivitt said he came up with the idea after he was startled by a recent survey that ranked Colorado Springs as the nation’s third drunkest city. “I love this town, and I just didn’t dream we’d have… Continue Reading Law firm paying for New Year’s Eve cab rides

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Fire department expands with mobile crews

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Colorado Springs Fire Department has created a new approach to combat the rising volume of calls – a mobile two-person squad based outside a fire station. Similar plans have been instituted in places such as Seattle and Miami-Dade County, Fla. The Springs’ first two-man squad responds to the Knob Hill neighborhood, near Platte and Circle.… Continue Reading Fire department expands with mobile crews

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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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