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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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