Hospital

6:46am

Thu May 15, 2014
Health

With Dwindling Mental Health Providers, ERs Fill The Gap

Rosser321 Flickr - Creative Commons

Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on emergency rooms. In cases when patients pose a danger to themselves or others, ERs become the default holding place.

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6:43pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Business

Wellness Center Could Mark ‘Turning Point’ For Estes Economy

Gov. Hickenlooper greets Grand Heritage Hotel Group President John Cullen. Hickenlooper is flanked by Brian Herwig (left), CEO of Estes Park Medical Center and Bill Pinkham (right), Estes Park’s Mayor.

Governor John Hickenlooper was on hand Wednesday for the ground breaking of a new $30 million public private project between Grand Heritage Hotel Group — owner of the Stanley Hotel — and the Estes Park Medical Center.

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1:48am

Wed February 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Denver Family Of Doctors Has Seen Medicine Transformed

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:06 am

Michael Sawyer, the latest doctor in his family, holds a portrait of his grandfather Dr. Ken Sawyer, while his father Robert, a surgeon, looks on.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

What it means to be a doctor in America is changing.

The Affordable Care Act is one reason. But the federal health overhaul is just the latest factor among many that have affected the practice of medicine.

Just ask Drs. Robert and Michael Sawyer, a father and son in a family that has worked at Denver Health since the 1930s.

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3:07pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:10 am

A Boston police officer wheels an injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner after the Boston Marathon bombing in April.
Charles Krupa AP

Boston hospitals say that overall they did well in their response to the bombings because, as crazy as it sounds, they got lucky on April 15.

Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says hospitals were fortunate with both the location and timing of the bombs that stunned the city.

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1:43am

Wed September 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 7:25 am

The next bed could cost you a lot if the hospital says you're there on observation.
iStockphoto.com

If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.

This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. That's leaving some seniors on the hook for thousands of dollars in nursing home bills.

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