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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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More than the blues

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Employee assistance professionals list depression as one of the top-three issues they address in the workplace. Three percent of short-term disability days are caused by depressive disorders. Continue Reading More than the blues

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National legislative briefs

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Small business advocates are rallying to revive legislation allowing national trade associations to offer health care coverage to their members. Continue Reading National legislative briefs

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Impacting the bottom line and the team

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In a corporate study involving First Chicago Realty Corp., “Depressive disorders accounted for more than half of all medical plan dollars paid for mental health problems. The amount (spent) for treatment of these claims was close to the amount spent on treatment for heart disease,” according to the El Paso County Mental Health Association Web site. Continue Reading Impacting the bottom line and the team

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Many people know that the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment inspects restaurants, grocery stores, delis and other retail food establishments. But some people may not know that inspections aren’t just designed to protect patrons. Continue Reading Inspections protect the public and food-service businesses

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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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He who laughs, lasts

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Jay Leno is one of many who tout the benefits of laughter. On May 6 at the Broadmoor Hotel, Leno will provide a night of laughter to benefit the Pikes Peak area children, adults and families who need behavioral health services.
It’s the fourth Pikes Peak Foundation for Mental Health “Humor is Healing” fundraiser – billed by its sponsor, the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, as a “night of comic relief that’s serious about behavioral health care.” Continue Reading He who laughs, lasts

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Price transparency set to reform health care

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Health savings accounts may be one of the catalysts that force the health care industry into a consumer driven market.
“Health care is the last significant sector of the economy in which transparency isn’t apparent and everywhere,” said Jim Frogue, state project director for the Center for Health Transformation, an organization founded three years ago by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Continue Reading Price transparency set to reform health care

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“This bill [HB 1346] adds people to the list of those who can be dependents on an insurance policy and adds costs to businesses.”
-Jerry McElroy, director of government relations for Kaiser Permanente Continue Reading Health care legislation addressing a variety of issues

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