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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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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Less than two years ago, the Colorado hospital fee passed with much fanfare and to the great relief of the state’s hospitals. The fee is expected to bring in more than $800 million for Medicaid to provide insurance for the state’s poor and indigent. It would allow thousands of children to be seen by doctors… Continue Reading Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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We’re all just getting to know Doug Price, the new chief of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, but I’ve discovered something about him that should resonate with many: Several years ago, while still living and working in Washington, D.C., Price was in the Springs on a business trip and, as he tells it, was walking… Continue Reading Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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It all sounds so good, so promising, so bright. But there are two big problems with the south Academy Boulevard redevelopment plans that were released last week: They’re unrealistic and misguided. While there’s little argument that the 6-mile retail district along Academy Boulevard between Drennan and Maizeland roads is not what it used to be… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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Targeting tourists, conventioneers After struggling through deep budget cuts last year, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has put its marketing efforts into high gear. To pull it off, the CVB increased its marketing budget by 32 percent, from $895,606 to $1.18 million. It was able to do so because its share of the… Continue Reading CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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American Electric ready for next level

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A Palmer Lake battery company is transforming itself into an electric vehicle design shop in hopes of grabbing a share of the fast-growing industry. American Electric Vehicles has already developed and designed an electric “micro-bus” that it hopes will catch on with schools and others. AEV says it has the technological know-how, the product and… Continue Reading American Electric ready for next level

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Leechpit moving to new digs

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An anchor of the Colorado Springs underground is pulling up stakes to make room for bigger things. Vintage clothing, music and outsider art-shop The Leechpit has occupied a quaint spot at 708 N. Weber St. since the day Johnny Cash died in September 2003. Owner Adam Leech is moving the store this month to 802… Continue Reading Leechpit moving to new digs

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Foreclosure rescue plan tripped up by red tape

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Out-of-work homeowners facing foreclosure in Colorado were supposed to receive more than $40 million in help from the federal government by the end of 2010. Instead, the Housing and Urban Development department’s Emergency Homeowner Loan Program has been delayed at least until April 1, and questions remain about how the funds will be administered and… Continue Reading Foreclosure rescue plan tripped up by red tape

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