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Amazon Makes Move Toward Online Pharmacy

Amazon has signed a definitive merger agreement with PillPack, an online pharmaceutical provider.   The timing of the  announcement came as a surprise to analysts. The corporation had recently abandoned plans to enter the pharmaceutical and medical supply distribution business  for large hospital systems.  However, it appears that it still had its eye on a direct-to-consumer […]

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Transplant Program Voluntarily Suspended at Porter

Porter Hospital has voluntarily decided to suspends its transplant program for 6 to 12 months to thoroughly review and make appropriate changes to its surgical procedures and staffing.   The hospital has contracted with the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute to help oversee the process. The decision will impact approximately 232 patients who were scheduled for transplant […]

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National Emergency Nurses Association Honors Two Colorado Emergency Departments

The Emergency Nurses Association is out with 19 names of emergency departments to receive their prestigious Lantern Award.  Colorado is home to two of the 2018 recipients:  St. Anthony Hospital Emergency Department in Lakewood, and Swedish Medical Center Emergency Department in Englewood.    The award recognizes EDs that demonstrate excellent practices, foster teaching environments and promote […]

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Children’s Hospital Colorado in Top Ten Nationally

U.S. News & World Report is out with its annual ranking of hospitals for children from around the country.  Children’s Hospital Colorado has been ranked in the No. 9 position in the 12th edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals”.   This prestigious ranking recognized Children’s Hospital Colorado as a top performer across all specialties. U.S. News […]

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A Bipartisan Vote Passes Opioid Package in House

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a comprehensive package of bills to address the national opioid crisis.   The package passed on an overwhelming 396-14 vote on June 22 and is headed to the Senate for consideration. The package was comprised of 58 individual House-approved bills  ranging from tasking the National Institutes […]

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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase Announce New Health Venture CEO

The consortium of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase has announce the selection of Dr. Atul Gawande as the founding chief executive of their newly formed health care enterprise.  Gawande is currently a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a professor at both the medical and public health schools at Harvard.  He […]

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Valley View Surgeon First in Colorado with New Technology

Dr. Ferdinard Liotta, orthopedic surgeon at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, is the first physician in Colorado to use a navigation tool to simulate a shoulder surgery in advance of the actual procedure.    A shoulder surgery specialist, Dr. Liotta convinced the manufacturer, France-based Exactech, to send him the new technology before it was available […]

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Governors Speak Out on Pre-existing Condition Protections

Governor John Hickenlooper along with a bi-partisan group of eight other governors has issued a statement requesting that the administration rethink its decision to not defend in federal court provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The statement is in response to a lawsuit being brought by Attorneys General from Texas and 19 other states to […]

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Local Pathology/Laboratory Medicine Professional Nationally Recognized

Andrea Fink, histotechnologist at MetroPath, has been nationally recognized for her professional excellence.  She is one of 40 high-achieving pathologists and medical laboratory professionals under the age of 40 named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s annual “40 Under Forty” roster that recognizes future laboratory leaders in the pathology and laboratory medicine fields. Fink […]

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DaVita Divests Its Direct Primary Care Business

 DaVita’s  direct primary care business, Paladina Health, has been sold to venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates.   The price tag is estimated at $100 million.  Paladina Health currently operates 50 physician offices in 10 states, including Colorado. NEA is a global venture capital firm that has principally invested in technology and healthcare companies since its […]

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