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IN MEMORIAM: Mason Howard, M.D.

06 February 2019

Kendrick Mason Howard, M.D. passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 86.  A Denver native, Dr. Howard received his medical degree from the University of Colorado as well as completing  an Orthopaedic Surgery residency program at the medical school.  He had an orthopaedic practice in Englewood and Littleton for 21 years. At […]

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New Program Helps Frail Seniors in Denver Live Independently

06 February 2019

A program for frail low-income seniors: Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE), is growing in Denver via the Visiting Nurse Association. New research shows that CAPABLE provides considerable help to vulnerable seniors who have trouble with “activities of daily living” – taking a shower or a bath, getting dressed, transferring […]

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Regulatory Relief and New Payment Models Needed to Support Rural Hospitals

06 February 2019

Since 2010, 95 rural hospitals have closed due to financial distress and changing healthcare dynamics.  A General Accountability Office report  found 64 hospitals closed between 2013 and 2017, more than twice the number in the previous five years. For many rural hospitals, the choice boils down to reducing services to make ends meet or closing their […]

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CHI & Dignity – now CommonSpirit

06 February 2019

Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health have completed their merger effective February 1.   To be known as “CommonSpirit, the combined hospital systems will be second by a mere 9 facilities to St. Louis-based Ascension in size and scope in the not-for-profit hospital world.  All three are Catholic health systems. CommonSpirit will be […]

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Vaccinations Could Have Prevented $55 Million Spent on Childhood Diseases

06 February 2019

Colorado vaccination rates declined in 2017 and costs to treat diseases that could have been prevented by immunization increased.  A study released by Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition reveals Colorado residents spent $55 million on vaccine-preventable diseases in 2017, up from $35.4 million in 2015. According to the 2017 data from the Centers […]

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Director of FSG at COPIC

06 February 2019

John Hood joined COPIC in late 2018 as the director of  its Financial Service Group.   FSG had previously been headed by Sue Swanson who left in the summer of 2018 to become an elementary school teacher. Hood comes to the position at COPIC with more than 25 years of management experience.    He most recently […]

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Access to Health Care in the Mountain West

06 February 2019

The American Hospital Association is out with new findings on the availability of health care professionals in rural America.  A consortium of public radio stations in the  Mountain West  has analyzed the data and has discovered the following: Access to local mental health professionals is seriously lacking in rural Colorado.    Colorado ranks 9th in suicides […]

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Change at the Top at Sterling Regional MedCenter

30 January 2019

Chief Nursing Officer Wade Tyrell has been appointed as the interim CEO for Sterling Regional MedCenter, a Banner Health hospital.  Tyrell has served as the chief nursing officer for five hospitals since his first appointed to serve as CNO at HCA Healthcare’s Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas in 1995.  He joined Sterling Regional […]

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Spending on Seniors Soaring: Congressional Budget Office

30 January 2019

Congress’ official budget scorekeeper predicts more than half of federal spending will soon be dedicated to seniors. That spending will be driven largely by the steadily rising cost of health care. Medicare and Social Security alone cost the federal government roughly $1.3 trillion last year, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimates. CBO expects those 2 […]

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Cigna Mountain States Creates and Fills New Leadership Position

30 January 2019

Cigna Health & Life Insurance has announced the creation of a leadership position within their Mountain States Division to oversee the expansion of Cigna’s community engagement and philanthropic strategy.  Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod will be the first Community Engagement Leader at Cigna.  She will lead the Division’s civil relationships, community involvement, employee volunteerism, and contribute to […]

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