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.
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.”
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.
“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
Although he’s an employee benefits consultant Monday through Friday, on Saturday afternoons, Scott Stafford dons his media persona as the host of “Business Initiative,” a 1460 KZNT talk-radio show.
The hour-long radio show, sponsored by Stafford’s employer, Van Gilder Insurance Corp., has been on the air every Saturday starting at 2 p.m. since Jan. 7. Each week, Stafford and his guests of the day talk about specific issues affecting Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. Many of those sharing the radio spotlight with Stafford have been involved in one of the hottest issues in every community: health care.