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Penrose plans ‘new solution’

Penrose plans ‘new solution’

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services this summer will wrap up three projects totaling $44 million. That work well represents the system’s fortuitous dilemma, and is forcing leaders to look to the future. The downtown hospital is reaching its build-out capacity, and the system has experienced increased patient loads, according to Margaret Sabin, CEO Penrose-St. Francis Health… Continue Reading Penrose plans ‘new solution’

‘Skyfall’ exercise aimed to push systems to limits

Forty-six agencies from in and around the Colorado Springs area took part in the community-wide “Skyfall’’ exercise May 9, which simulated a plane crash with mass casualties. The exercise, which began at the Colorado Springs Airport, tested emergency procedures for city responders, including the Colorado Springs police and fire departments, as well as the Memorial… Continue Reading ‘Skyfall’ exercise aimed to push systems to limits

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Merger spreads Peak Vista’s reach

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Merger spreads Peak Vista’s reach

Peak Vista Community Health Centers officially merged with Plains Medical Center on May 1, a move Peak Vista President and CEO Pamela McManus called “strategic.” In the nonprofit merger, Peak Vista’s 16 locations combined resources and governorship with four rural health centers in Limon, Flagler, Strasburg and Kiowa. Peak Vista is and, before the merger,… Continue Reading Merger spreads Peak Vista’s reach

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Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

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Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

  A laser tissue fusion device–that will make surgeries faster, simpler and reduce side effects–has moved closer to production with a license agreement between Tissue Fusion LLC and the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. Tissue Fusion President and mechanical and aerospace engineer Michael Larson (also El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation at UCCS),… Continue Reading Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

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Senior tsunami: Aging in place requires transportation solutions

The so-called senior tsunami, named because of the large number of aging Baby Boomers, is headed our way. Several Colorado Springs community leaders passionate about the aging population are working now to ameliorate the impact. People want to age in place, said one of those leaders, Beth Roalstad, executive director of the Innovations in Aging… Continue Reading Senior tsunami: Aging in place requires transportation solutions

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Penrose, RTA, GE Johnson earn Vista award for design

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, RTA Architects and GE Johnson Construction Company received the American Society of Healthcare Engineering 2014 Vista Award for the team’s renovation of the emergency department at Penrose Hospital. The Vista award will be presented in March at the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction. The award… Continue Reading Penrose, RTA, GE Johnson earn Vista award for design

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Penrose’s hybrid OR will help surgeons

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Penrose’s hybrid OR will help surgeons

Using millions of dollars donated by El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado Springs community, Penrose Hospital has commenced building a hybrid operating room. Set to be functional in the spring, the $5.7 million OR combines different elements of surgical procedures, said cardiovascular surgeon Dr. John Mehall. The hybrid operating room will allow surgeons to complete… Continue Reading Penrose’s hybrid OR will help surgeons

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Health systems plan Memorial expansion

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Health systems plan Memorial expansion

The University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado have announced plans to expand their services throughout the Colorado Springs area, which may include construction of new facilities. In a news release Friday, the partners said that they are “exploring building a new free-standing children’s hospital adjacent to Memorial Hospital North” in addition to expansion… Continue Reading Health systems plan Memorial expansion

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Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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Leaders of the health care industry in Colorado Springs foresee great growth ahead, according to conversations with representatives of Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Memorial Health Systems and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Peak Vista Some of the growth was announced late in 2013, including the merger between Peak Vista and Plains Medical Center. This merger will… Continue Reading Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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Budget deal to cut $90 million in state Medicare payments

The Bipartisan Budget Act passed by Congress in early December could result in an estimated $90-million reduction in Medicare payments for the state. According to a news release by the Colorado Hospital Association, the budget deal will also extend Medicare cuts until 2023. “This marks the latest in a series of unexpected cuts mandated by… Continue Reading Budget deal to cut $90 million in state Medicare payments

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