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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named to the top 5 percent in the nation for the second time, according to HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings organization. The study evaluated 16 women’s medicine, cardiovascular, bone and joint health treatments for 2006, 2007 and 2008, using information from the Medicare program. Penrose is the only provider… Continue Reading Penrose women’s program earns HealthGrades distinction

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St. Francis Health Center closing

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Penrose St. Francis Health Services will close its St. Francis Health Center at 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The building once housed the original St. Francis Hospital, the city’s first hospital established in 1887. Officials said the building has been on the market for years but received no serious offers. So, the center is being closed… Continue Reading St. Francis Health Center closing

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Penrose ranked in top 50

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named one of the 50 top hospitals by HealthGrades, a Boulder-based independent health care ratings organization. HealthGrades analyzes patient outcomes at all 5,000 of the nation’s nonfederal hospitals, using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This marks the third year in a row the hospital has received… Continue Reading Penrose ranked in top 50

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Penrose earns top distinction

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A new study ranks Penrose-St. Francis Health Services among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for its clinical quality. It is the seventh year that the local hospital system earned high rankings from HealthGrades, a private, nonprofit group that ranks hospitals based on information provided to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… Continue Reading Penrose earns top distinction

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With fewer H1N1 cases in El Paso County, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services no longer restricts children under 18 from visiting patients in the hospital. The hospital instituted restrictions on visitation during the height of the flu pandemic, in an effort to keep already sick patients from contracting swine flu. However, health officials still encourage people… Continue Reading Penrose lifts visitor restrictions due to H1N1 flu

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Centura to begin expansion in Castle Rock

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Two years after purchasing 50 acres in Castle Rock, Centura Health is poised to begin expanding its operations to the area. The state’s largest nonprofit health care provider plans to begin work on a 20,000-square-foot emergency room and medical imaging office by the summer. The company also plans a  400,000-square-foot medical office building. “We haven’t… Continue Reading Centura to begin expansion in Castle Rock

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Even though the government has backed away from a recommendation issued earlier this week that women should postpone mammograms until age 50, local hospitals say they don’t intend to change their policies, which is generally to begin screening at age 40. Continue Reading Mammography advice appears to be benign

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Kaiser Permanente has entered into an agreement with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, and starting Jan. 1, the hospital system will be an in-network provider for Kaiser commercially insured members. “Our members have long expressed a desire to have Penrose-St. Francis Health Services return as a part of our network,” said Mark Iorio, Kaiser executive director of network… Continue Reading Penrose now an in-network Kaiser provider

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Penrose makes further visitation restrictions

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In the face of increasing swine flu infections, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is tightening its visitor policy for the second time. Starting tomorrow, Oct. 16, no children younger than 17 will be allowed to visit patients at any Penrose-St. Francis facility. The restrictions include siblings. In addition, no ill visitors are allowed. Adult visitors will be limited… Continue Reading Penrose makes further visitation restrictions

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If you haven’t already gotten the flu vaccination, don’t plan on going to the area hospitals to get one. A vaccination shortage for seasonal flu has caused Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to cancel the remainder of their public flu vaccination clinics for the rest of the season. Memorial Health System elected not to hold any… Continue Reading Penrose cancels flu clinics, cites lack of vaccine

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