As legislators and consumers push for transparency in the health care industry, the need for savvy health care communications departments is as clear as a glass-bottom boat.
“There is a movement among hospitals to be more transparent and to provide information about quality,” said Rita Burns, vice president of communications and marketing for Memorial Health Systems. ““We have a responsibility to the community, and our No. 1 priority is safety.”
That priority precedes another — reputation. Continue Reading Keeping a pulse on communications
In December, the federal government announced the launch of a $1 million public service campaign focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness. It’s a boon to industry public relations professionals.
According to the news release, national mental health associations say millions of Americans do not seek treatment for mental illnesses like depression or bipolar disease because they are embarrassed or afraid. Continue Reading When no one wants to hear about it
David Corder opened Perfect Fit Wellness Center in January 2005 with a five-year business plan focused on expansion. As he approaches year No. 3, Corder is ahead of schedule with an ahead-of-its-time concept.
Corder has expanded his 1,800-square-foot center on the outskirts of Falcon to 7,500 square feet, amid a design that ensures members’ health needs are covered — from head to toe. Continue Reading Wellness center on the plains ahead of the rest
Overcrowded EDs and long wait times are common predictors of people leaving before they are treated. The IOM reported that about 1.9 million patients left the ED in 2003 before they were seen. About 1.2 million patients awaiting further treatment left against medical advice. Continue Reading The state of emergency — hospital EDsContinue reading …
Colorado Springs gastroenterologist Dr. Scot Lewey said celiac disease — gluten sensitivity — affects one in 100 people worldwide. Yet, the disease is commonly missed or misdiagnosed.
More than 250 symptoms are associated with celiac disease, Lewey said. He defined celiac disease as “gluten intolerance determined through diagnostic criteria and a known response rate in relation to a gluten-free diet.” Continue Reading The hidden epidemic
Rising health care costs are being driven by a range of factors, including the need to keep pace with new technologies, demand for modern and up-to-date facilities, the limited supply of health care professionals, disparities in health care coverage and access and an increasingly informed consumer’s interest. Continue Reading John DiCola: yesterday and todayContinue reading …
Those in our community who closely follow Colorado’s illustrious history are probably familiar with the prominence of tuberculosis dating back to the 1800s and extending to the early 20th century. Colorado’s clean air, dry climate, high altitude and picturesque views made our state inviting to many TB-stricken individuals. Continue Reading Advocating for public healthContinue reading …
The United States spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product on health care than any other country, but its performance rating ranks 37 out of 191 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The United Kingdom spends 6 percent of its gross domestic product on health care and is rated No. 18 for performance.
Americans are less healthy than the British or the Canadians and spend twice as much on health care. Continue Reading In sickness and in health; is it government ‘til we part?
In June, UnitedHealthcare released a report card ranking Colorado hospitals on 150 procedures, evaluated for quality and cost. The results of the study showed a few significant differences between Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Memorial Hospital.
However, an earlier report that was cited by some local media contained data that was skewed. Continue Reading Hospital performance reports: getting it right
“I think people who take the time to understand that every action has a reaction, that everything we do during the course of our life influences our future will understand the basic, simplistic chiropractic message.”
-Dr. Fran Palmer, Palmer Chiropractic Continue Reading Chiropractic care: realigning insurance and adjusting for the future