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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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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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