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Penrose, Academy cadets help stroke victims

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An entrepreneurial collaboration between Air Force Academy cadets and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is creating a new device that will help patients recover their full range of motion after strokes or injuries. Called Neumimic, the project is a partnership between Dr. Glen House, medical director of Penrose’s rehabilitation center, and USAFA cadets in mechanical and… Continue Reading Penrose, Academy cadets help stroke victims

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CSFD signs contract with AMR

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CSFD signs contract with AMR

The City of Colorado Springs signed a contract with American Medical Response Tuesday. The five-year contract will go into effect April 1. The goal, according to a city press release, is to enhance ambulance services to residents within the city and enclaves of unincorporated areas within the city. With headquarters in Colorado, AMR is the current… Continue Reading CSFD signs contract with AMR

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Peak Vista merging with rural Plains Medical Center

Peak Vista Community Health Centers, already a major presence in El Paso and Teller counties serving about 66,000 patients, is broadening its reach. Peak Vista announced Thursday it has started a process to merge, beginning in early 2014, with Plains Medical Center, which has four locations northeast of Colorado Springs serving the rural communities of… Continue Reading Peak Vista merging with rural Plains Medical Center

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Cigna Colorado HMO and Kaiser Colorado HMO were among the top performing PPO and HMO health plans, according to the 2013 eValue8 results released by the National Business Coalition on Health, a nonprofit organization. Plans given the best performance benchmark among all insurers responding for specific modules include: · Consumer Engagement (how plans help members… Continue Reading National coalition names top performing health plans

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Study: Peak Vista has hefty local impact

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers contributed $75.3 million to the local economy in 2011, according to a state study released recently. Statewide, community health care centers produced $735 million in activity, including $396 million in operating expenses, the study showed. Statewide, 18 centers operate much like Peak Vista. The state study looked at operating activity… Continue Reading Study: Peak Vista has hefty local impact

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New idea shifts medical care

Everybody’s been there — sitting in an emergency room or urgent care clinic for tedious hour after tedious hour, listening to crying children, coughing patients and trying not to touch anything for fear of germs. It’s a scene that’s replayed around the nation, 1.2 billion times a year, and it’s only going to get worse… Continue Reading New idea shifts medical care

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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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Spectranetics Corp., a medical device company based in Colorado Springs, has agreed in principle to pay $8.5 million to settle a securities class-action suit against the company and several of its current and former officers and directors. The publicly traded company this morning also said it was ready to settle a stockholder derivative case naming… Continue Reading Spectranetics to pay $8.5 million to settle securities suits

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When people see horses in movies or television programs, professional cowboys often ride them at top speed. However, riders and horses at the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center (PPTRC) rarely get above a slow trot, but the results make a difference for many people. Therapeutic horseback riding is an experiential and learning tool for people… Continue Reading Horses more than an enjoyable ride for many people

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Public health represents a challenge most people wish someone else would handle. After all, the business of indigent or uninsured health care is tricky – lots of need with not enough service providers willing to accept and treat a growing and underserved population. The El Paso County Board of Health and the Environment has been… Continue Reading Medical community at odds over politics of local health care

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