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Follow the leader

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The underwriting process reduced me to a child-like state of total helplessness. I felt like a criminal because I am over 50 and take meds for attention deficit disorder. Continue Reading Follow the leader

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Q&A

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Enthoven, a former Rhodes Scholar, is a Marriner Eccles professor emeritus of public and private management at Stanford University and one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think tank on health care policy. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a consultant to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, chairman of the Health Benefits Advisory Council for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and a member of the board of directors of the Integrated Health Care Association. Continue Reading Q&A

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A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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Over the past 24 years, national health expenditures have increased from 9.1 percent of the gross domestic product to 16 percent. If the rate of growth continues for the next 24 years, national health expenditures will reach 28 percent of the GDP.
-Alain Enthoven, professor emeritus, Stanford Continue Reading A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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Boomers driving the golf industry

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Golfers over age 55 play twice as much as their younger counterparts, and the frequency of play peaks between age 65 and 75, according to Pellucid Corp., a company that researches the golf industry. It’s expected that by 2020, seniors will account for more than 50 percent of all rounds of golf in the United States.
Baby boomers love their sports. They grew up with the mantra “no pain, no gain,” often pushing their physical limits. As a result, many boomers are suffering from boomeritis, a condition coined by the American Academy of Orthopedics as sports-related injuries, such as bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, sprains, strains and stress fractures, that cause chronic problems. Continue Reading Boomers driving the golf industry

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A top-notch physicians lounge complete with hot gourmet meals and exercise equipment has become an attractive hub for doctors at Memorial Hospital. The docs are happy and spending longer hours on site. Something for something: balanced reciprocity – and something beyond. Continue Reading Doctor, doctor, I’ll give you the news: I’ve got a good case for loving you

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Keeping eye doctors busy

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Vision specialists are sitting directly in the eye of the storm – the storm of more than 2.8 million baby boomers who turn 60 this year.
When the post-World War II generation entered their 40s and began straining their eyes to read the newspaper or squinting at the lights impeding their night vision, they created job security for optometrists and ophthalmologists by their sheer numbers, said Dr. Tony Ikehara, a Colorado Springs optometrist and owner of Advanced Eye Care. Continue Reading Keeping eye doctors busy

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Preparing for emergencies

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The news reports we’re all seeing are full of information about “avian” or “bird flu” now spreading in bird populations in Asia and Europe. As Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said recently, the H5N1 virus is causing a pandemic for birds. The fear, of course, is that what is now a bird pandemic will become a human pandemic.
Know this: No one knows whether this particular virus is “the one” that will trigger the world’s next pandemic. What we do know, however, is that the world is overdue for a pandemic; we haven’t seen one since the 1968 Hong Kong flu. And what we need to do now is prepare for any possible pandemic or other emergency. Continue Reading Preparing for emergencies

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Side by side

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Both Memorial Hospital and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services offer uniform services as well as niche programs to the Colorado Springs and southern Colorado area. The list of like services is not all-inclusive.
Both hospitals also have formed partnerships with other health providers in the community to extend additional services throughout El Paso and Teller counties and southern Colorado. Both hospitals participate in community collaborations to address the health care needs of area residents. Both hospitals are expanding northeast to meet the needs of a growing county population. Both hospitals have received national awards and recognition annually. Both hospitals offer health and wellness programs to their employees. Continue Reading Side by side

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The number of publicly owned hospitals has decreased 22 percent over the last decade, from 1,444 in 1990 to 1,121 in 2003, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Admission to public hospitals has declined 12 percent.
Memorial Hospital is a lone wolf among city and county owned hospitals nationwide that are merging, consolidating and privatizing. Continue Reading Memorial Hospital eluding privatization trends

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History railroads Penrose success

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Although its branches extend beyond Colorado, with three major facilities, a fourth on the way and millions of dollars invested in Colorado Springs, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is deeply rooted in its community.
It all began when a physician and four nuns extended their own olive branch to injured railroad workers in the late 1880s. To accommodate the workers, they successfully campaigned to build the first hospital in Colorado Springs – St. Francis Hospital – what is now St. Francis Health Center. Continue Reading History railroads Penrose success

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