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What to look for in a rehab provider

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When people think about rehabilitation, they often think about recovering from amputations, strokes or other significant life-altering medical conditions that require physical therapy. And while they may turn to medications for minor aches and pains, rehab can be beneficial to patients suffering from dizziness or sore extremities, conditions that require occupational therapy treatment.
Physical therapy includes skills such as walking and self-propelling a wheelchair; occupational therapy helps with fine motor skills, such as putting a shirt on and buttoning it. But both can be part of a complete rehabilitation program. The key to successful treatment is for patients to understand that rehab is just one part of “whole” treatment. Continue Reading What to look for in a rehab provider

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Debate about SB1335 still raging

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A bill signed into law this month by Gov. Bill Ritter could mean higher health insurance premiums – or it could simply be a way to more fairly decide who pays how much.
Senate Bill 1335 removes an insurance company’s ability to set premiums based on the health of employees. In some cases, insurance companies were raising premiums for entire companies if an employee suffered a chronic or major illnesses. Beginning in 2008, insurance companies doing business in Colorado won’t be able to do that. Continue Reading Debate about SB1335 still raging

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Chicken with cherry citrus salsa with herb roasted new potatoes is the lunch special. No, it’s not a special meeting for the city’s power brokers — a it’s a typical lunch at both Colorado Springs hospitals.
Plastic trays with microwaved chicken breasts and cold mashed potatoes are a thing of the past. Hospitals are hiring top-notch chefs to collaborate with registered dieticians to bring flair and presentation to hospital dining. Continue Reading Forget everything you ever knew about hospital food

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Colorado Springs’ newest hospital

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Memorial North is the latest addition to Memorial Health System. The campus, located on Briargate Blvd., is 224,000 square feet on 83 acres. Continue Reading Colorado Springs’ newest hospital

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El Paso County appears to have developed a unique and effective solution to this endemic problem in America’s health care system. Continue Reading Partnership addresses health care needs of the vulnerable

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Local governments often use national “healthy city” rankings to attract new residents, businesses and tourists.
Often, cities at the top of the list use these rankings to tout their desirability to people looking to relocate, visitors and businesses. Colorado Springs has been ranked in the top 20 in several of these surveys. Continue Reading Health Department is vital partner in community

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While a great many U.S. communities continue to look to the federal government or other outside agencies to help with today’s health care challenges – or worse, bury their heads in the sand – El Paso County’s health care leaders have seized the opportunity to work on those challenges by using a combination of information technology, best practices and a collaborative spirit. Continue Reading Health partnership leads charge for positive change

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Medical Pavilion at Briargate breaks ground

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Located across from the new Memorial Hospital North, Healthcare Realty Trust’s two-building, 170,000-square-foot office Medical Pavilion complex officially broke ground this month.
The move represents the firm’s entry into Colorado. The publicly-traded real estate investment trust which focuses on medical and outpatient facilities reported a portfolio net worth of $826 million in 2006. It currently manages or holds 249 medical properties in 28 states across the country. Continue Reading Medical Pavilion at Briargate breaks ground

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A high-dose radiation treatment for prostate cancer, available at Penrose Cancer Center, has proven to lower side effects, reduce time in the hospital and lower health care costs for patients.
In a study conducted by Dr. Alan T. Monroe and Dr. Anuj Peddada, brachytherapy for prostate cancer was more easily tolerated by patients with enlarged prostates — a finding that contradicts earlier beliefs about the treatment. Continue Reading High-dose radiation shows benefits for cancer patients

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Business leaders are being invited to be a part of one of the most exciting health care events of the season, The Event! 2007 — Hearts of Gold Reception.
The gala, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 12 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., will honor volunteer physicians. Continue Reading Event recognizes volunteer physicians and their impact

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