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It doesn’t have a large brick-and-mortar presence, but the clinical-trial industry brings notoriety and business to Colorado Springs. In fact, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services won an award from the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer based in part on its participation in cancer drug trials. It’s the only hospital in Colorado to have earned the National… Continue Reading Clinical-trial industry has healthy presence in Springs

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Despite challenges from critics, Colorado’s Health Benefits Exchange is on track to start offering insurance plans in October 2013, as scheduled. Continue Reading State examining ways to keep feds away from insurance plans

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As the Colorado Springs City Council-led task force ends one phase of the process to determine Memorial Health System’s future, controversy is still plaguing the process. Continue Reading Martin offers insight into task force’s work

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Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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Nearly every company has a wellness plan or is contemplating one. And why not? The right plan can save money on insurance premiums, create healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not really. That’s because wellness plans — depending on how they’re structured — can lead to sticky problems with… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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As a veteran of the business world, I certainly understand why many business owners are apprehensive about the health care system. They have enough on their plates simply dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a slowly recovering economy, meeting payroll, making a profit and keeping the lights on. Businesses already pay a bulk of health… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: How businesses can improve health care

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GE Johnson construction company CEO Jim Johnson knows that many subcontractors working on his projects don’t offer health insurance to their employees. Broadmoor hotel CEO Steve Bartolin recognizes the same issue — part-time, seasonal workers in the hospitality industry don’t get health insurance through work. That’s why both companies give money to Peak Vista Community… Continue Reading Uninsured-workers’ needs prompt support for Peak Vista

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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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Technology at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is helping Jill Wirthlin regain her life one step at a time. Wirthlin, a mother of four children under the age of 7, suffered a major heart attack and subsequent brain damage just before Thanksgiving. Doctors kept her in a medically induced coma for three weeks, and a few days… Continue Reading Tech, toys helping rehabilitation patients in recovery

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Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Dr. Toni Green finds it hard, impossible really, to maintain any distance from her patients. A surgeon who recently opened a new practice associated with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Green specializes in the type of surgeries that breast cancer patients undergo. “I chose this type of surgery because it allows me to build a relationship… Continue Reading Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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