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
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
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
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
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