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In an uncertain health care environment, industry experts are sure about one forecast: An aging population will impact services, providers and payers like never before. But exactly how much it will stress the industry — and in what ways — is still unknown, those same experts say. Health care groups already are struggling to create… Continue Reading Aging population stresses many health care services

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Jill Law had just been named the permanent executive director of El Paso County Public Health in June when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out, reducing hundreds of homes to ashes, killing two people and leaving thousands without electricity. Even though she was evacuated — as was the health department itself — Law managed to set up… Continue Reading Law tackles responsibilities of county public health

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Scialdone’s steadiness leads to CEO position

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Mike Scialdone has steered Memorial Health System during the highs and lows of the past four years. Continue Reading Scialdone’s steadiness leads to CEO position

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James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora movie theater, was seeing a psychiatrist at the time of the July 20 attack. If he’d been in Colorado Springs, chances are he wouldn’t have gotten even that much help. That’s because mental-health experts say healthy communities should have one… Continue Reading Mental Illness: It’s the elephant in our room

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Fast-growing nonprofit helps doctors innovate

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America’s health-care system is broken — and physicians are in a unique position to help repair it. That’s the mission behind an 18-month-old nonprofit, the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, which wants to turn doctors into innovators. The nonprofit went from 50 people in a meeting room at the University of Colorado in Denver to more… Continue Reading Fast-growing nonprofit helps doctors innovate

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UCH lease brings early rewards, thanks to stability

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University of Colorado Health hasn’t officially started running Memorial Health System, but Memorial already is benefiting from the association. After downgrading Memorial’s outlook to negative in March, Moody’s Investors Service is giving the three-hospital group an upgraded A3 bond rating and a stable outlook. University of Colorado Health has an A3 rating with a positive… Continue Reading UCH lease brings early rewards, thanks to stability

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When Mike Scialdone took the job as CFO of Memorial Health System four years ago, he said the hospital’s community connection was the attraction. That connection has been at the center of more than two years of debate about the future of the hospital He weathered the controversial exit of CEO Larry McEvoy and was… Continue Reading Scialdone guiding Memorial during uncertain times

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A local dentist is offering dental assistant classes through a national program — bringing the “Assist to Succeed” curriculum to Colorado Springs for the first time. Dr. Ken Gasper said he became part of the national program because he’d hired dental assistants without the right skills to do the job. It was, he said, a… Continue Reading Dentist makes it easier for assistants to be certified

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The University of Colorado Hospital is a success story — and Colorado Springs is hoping a lease agreement and partnership with UCH will make Memorial Health System into one, too. UCH’s list of successes is long. It’s a $900 million-a-year enterprise, employing 4,100 people, ranked among the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for… Continue Reading UCH brings run of recent successes into MHS lease

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For gerontology professors and students at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Palisades at Broadmoor Park is a living research lab … Continue Reading UCCS, Palisades at Broadmoor Park create unique partnership

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