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Memorial joins study of new heart ‘game-changer’

A new medical device, under testing now in Colorado Springs, stands to radically improve heart medicine. The medical trial involves a device called a bioresorbable vascular scaffold, or Absorb, placed in the arteries leading to the heart. The Absorb is a small mesh tube designed to open a blocked heart vessel, restore blood flow to… Continue Reading Memorial joins study of new heart ‘game-changer’

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UCH makes news, and Memorial handles it

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Just this past week, a patient at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs was undergoing treatment for heart-related problems. The troubles escalated to the point of perhaps needing additional care, and after much communication, emails and faxes between cardiologists, the patient eventually was transferred to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, where she has shown… Continue Reading UCH makes news, and Memorial handles it

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Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

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Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

Nearly a year after voters approved leasing Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health, followed by months of new hires and additional equipment, the hospital announced its biggest project yet. Memorial will seek Level One trauma certification, a designation given only to four hospitals in the state so far, none of them outside Denver.… Continue Reading Memorial seeks Level One trauma certification

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Finding a new way

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Finding a new way

Nursing shortage leads to creative local solutions Fewer nurses are working longer hours and caring for more patients — thanks to a combination of tight hospital budgets and an aging workforce. And in Colorado, the problem is nearly twice as acute as in the rest of the nation. Colorado health care experts say there is… Continue Reading Finding a new way

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Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

Memorial Hospital could become the first hospital in Colorado in decades to achieve Level One trauma center certification from the state — and the only hospital to have the designation outside Denver. The hospital announced Thursday that it is starting a feasibility study, the first step in the process to achieve the designation from the… Continue Reading Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

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Nearly a year ago, voters in Colorado Springs allowed University of Colorado Health to lease Memorial Hospital, bringing a powerhouse nonprofit from Denver to work its magic on the struggling municipal system. UCH has worked hard, publicly and behind the scenes, to turn around Memorial’s patient volume, installing a multi-million-dollar electronic health records system and… Continue Reading Memorial’s morale up; numbers still sluggish

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Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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Charges for procedures at Colorado’s hospitals vary wildly across the state — and even within cities. And no one really can explain why. What health care experts and consumer advocates do know: Some hospitals charge vastly more money for the same procedures, and it’s not necessarily the smaller, independently run hospitals that are more expensive.… Continue Reading Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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No Colorado Springs hospital earned an A in patient safety, according to the latest information from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit group of employer purchasers of health care. Penrose-St. Francis earned a B for both its campuses, and Memorial Hospital earned a C, according to the grades assigned – based on infections, injuries,… Continue Reading Springs hospitals miss A grade for patient safety

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UCH invests in Memorial, plans to grow south

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UCH invests in Memorial, plans to grow south

University of Colorado Health is pouring millions into Memorial Hospital — capital projects, new hires, new technology. It’s a necessary expense, leaders say, because they have plans for the local hospital system to become the southern flagship as UCH pushes into New Mexico and Kansas. That’s good news for Colorado Springs as the money poured… Continue Reading UCH invests in Memorial, plans to grow south

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Pikes Peak Hospice to open unit at Memorial

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Memorial Hospital will create a hospice inpatient care unit at its central location, thanks to a partnership with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. The partnership was approved by the University of Colorado Health Board of Directors and will create a licensed unit for hospice patients operated by the local nonprofit hospice organization. The partnership… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Hospice to open unit at Memorial

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