Posted inHealth, News, Wildfire

Avista hospital closed for foreseeable future after oxygen tanks had a near miss with Marshall fire

Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville narrowly avoided a “catastrophic explosion” Thursday afternoon when flames from the Marshall fire came within 4 feet of flammable oxygen tanks on the hospital’s west side, hospital officials said. Facilities staff fought back the flames with hoses, said Lindsay Radford, a spokeswoman for Centura Health, the network that includes Avista. […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Why Colorado’s hospitals have bent — but not broken — during the latest COVID surge

Nearly 19 months in, these are some of the toughest days for Colorado hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as the latest surge in coronavirus hospitalizations appears to have plateaued — what state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy this week called an “unstable equilibrium” — hospitals across Colorado have still been scrambling to add critical-care beds […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: A vaccine mandate is not the right approach for Centura Health, for now

From the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Colorado on March 5, 2020, at Centura’s St. Anthony Summit Hospital in Frisco, our 21,000 incredible caregivers have made tremendous personal and professional sacrifices to be there when our communities needed us most. Our team has worked diligently, and nonstop, over the last 18 months, through the many […]

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Staff at five Colorado hospitals will have to get vaccinated against coronavirus. What about all the rest?

Update on July 28, 2021: Two more hospital systems, UCHealth and Denver Health, have announced they will require employees to be vaccinated by the fall. This brings the total number of hospitals with vaccine mandates to nearly 20. Employees at five Colorado hospitals will be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by this fall, […]