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There were fewer workplace deaths in 2012 than there were the previous year, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Last year, there were 80 deaths from workplace injuries, which was 12 fewer than in 2011. Transportation-related deaths were the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with 32 deaths, including… Continue Reading Workplace deaths drop in 2012, according to state report

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Penrose seeks Level 1 trauma certification

It looks like the battle of the hospitals is on. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced plans Friday to seek Level 1 trauma certification for its emergency department – less than a month after competitor Memorial Hospital made the same pledge. Penrose’s main hospital on North Nevada Avenue would receive the designation, and is just a… Continue Reading Penrose seeks Level 1 trauma certification

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El Paso Public Health earns sought-after accreditation

El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The agency is one of only five health departments to receive accreditation this year, and one of only 19 accredited health departments in the United States. “Achieving and maintaining accreditation provides… Continue Reading El Paso Public Health earns sought-after accreditation

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Penrose builds reputation for high-tech surgery

The operating room at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is filled with doctors and nurses who surround the patient, checking vital signs, prepping instruments and getting ready for the main event. When Dr. John Mehall enters, everything is in place. Nothing is rushed; no one hurries. There’s no wasted motion; this isn’t an emergency. Mehall performs… Continue Reading Penrose builds reputation for high-tech surgery

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New tool available to navigate ACA changes

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With just over a month to go before the Connect for Health Colorado health insurance exchange gets underway, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative launched a new guide with new mobile apps to connect consumers to the new health care coverages and services. The tools, located at http://cohealth.co/blue-guide, are designed to help the uninsured and underinsured navigate… Continue Reading New tool available to navigate ACA changes

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Schroffel, Stacey stepping down from UCHealth

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Schroffel, Stacey stepping down from UCHealth

University of Colorado Health is losing two of its founding members. Both Rulon Stacey and Bruce Schroffel will be leaving their positions with the organization. UCHealth, which operates Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, was formed by the two men, who created a partnership between the University of Colorado Hospital, which Schroffel was running, and Poudre… Continue Reading Schroffel, Stacey stepping down from UCHealth

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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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