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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Monitoring and protecting the health of our community is the primary focus of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment (EPCDHE). Your Health Department works hard to maintain and improve conditions that enable you to live a healthy life in a safe environment. Like most large health departments around the country, the EPCDHE services to the community range from the traditional — preventing and containing the spread of infectious disease and ensuring the food you eat and activities you engage in are safe — to more cutting-edge services, such as leading our community in preparation for a possible pandemic flu outbreak and conducting comprehensive health status assessments.Continue 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.
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.