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St. Francis applies for Level III trauma designation

St. Francis applies for Level III trauma designation

  Hospitals in El Paso County are asking for heightened designation for their emergency trauma departments. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has asked the Colorado Department of Health to designate the St. Francis Medical Center at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard as a Level III trauma center. Now at Level II designation, both Penrose and Memorial… Continue Reading St. Francis applies for Level III trauma designation

Jill Law embraces her task at EPC Public Health

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Jill Law embraces her task at EPC Public Health

Jill Law, director of El Paso County Public Health since March 2012, received her registered nurse degree from Beth-El College of Nursing at UCCS and has a master’s in health administration from the University of Phoenix. Prior to her current position, she served as the agency’s division director of health services, overseeing six departments. Before… Continue Reading Jill Law embraces her task at EPC Public Health

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‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

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‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

Pager and text message alerts beep and buzz in unison across the Penrose Hospital campus. “STEMI ALERT TO PH ER (10 MIN OUT) 59 YR MALE,” reads the message. With efficiency patterned after race-car pit crews, the medical team springs into action. A 59-year-old man is experiencing a “STEMI” — the most dangerous and time-sensitive… Continue Reading ‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

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Working to end cancer, aided by technology and screening

By Dr. Robert J. Hoyer Few words evoke as much dread or fear as “cancer.” New research and cutting-edge care are redefining what a cancer diagnosis means. Cancer specialists now have more options in customizing a person’s care than ever before. While cancer is never a diagnosis anyone wants to receive, these medical advances are… Continue Reading Working to end cancer, aided by technology and screening

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Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

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Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

A few years ago, a woman was facing the news she would need a double amputation below her knees because the arteries in her legs were diseased and blocked. A snowstorm delayed the surgery, and the woman went on the Internet to explore options for her condition. She found Spectranetics and a few phone calls… Continue Reading Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

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Local CEO: Excise tax hampers innovation

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Most of the focus of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act has focused solely on the insurance provisions in the law — whether it’s legal to require people to have health insurance. But another regulation, found deep in the bill, is causing problems for a company in Colorado Springs. “The medical device tax is… Continue Reading Local CEO: Excise tax hampers innovation

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Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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After years of debate, controversy, delays and attempts to overturn the law, the Affordable Care Act is close to full implementation. Small businesses and individuals can start signing up for health care coverage using the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, on Oct. 1. That coverage will go into effect Jan. 1, and yet… Continue Reading Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

For the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the 41 companies in the city’s bioscience sector represent both an economic boon and the chance to create a larger industry cluster that will bring high-paying jobs and high-tech expertise to the region. From companies that develop stem-cell assays for research laboratories to those that manufacture tiny devices… Continue Reading Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

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Business tax picture muddled by reforms

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Health care reform kicks in for good in 2014, but this is the year that businesses have to keep meticulous records — because those records definitely will make a difference on next year’s tax returns. The paperwork for tax credits based on premiums paid by companies has been in the works for a couple of… Continue Reading Business tax picture muddled by reforms

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Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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Charges for procedures at Colorado’s hospitals vary wildly across the state — and even within cities. And no one really can explain why. What health care experts and consumer advocates do know: Some hospitals charge vastly more money for the same procedures, and it’s not necessarily the smaller, independently run hospitals that are more expensive.… Continue Reading Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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