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New Centennial Hospital fills southeast Denver gap, while other areas wait for specialty care

HealthONE/HCA, flush with 2020 profits even as the pandemic hit, opens a new facility at Arapahoe and Parker, following the trend to fast suburban growth for new hospitals

Health

Colorado hospitals’ profit margins are nation’s highest as state lawmakers move to cap health care costs

A new financial analysis for the Colorado Business Group on Health pegs medical profits at $2.8 billion in 2018, and critiques heavy concentration of hospital power for causing the state’s high prices

Health

Colorado needs more skilled workers. But the state provides little help to adults trying to earn a college degree.

A wide swath of Coloradans can’t access well-paying jobs to provide for their families, and employers can’t find workers with the skills needed for specialized jobs.

Education

Some school staff are eligible for coronavirus vaccine in Colorado right now, but not teachers

Only about 1,600 employees of Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The district employs 15,000 people.

Coronavirus

Up to 55 injured skiers and snowboarders arrive at Colorado emergency rooms each day, analysis shows

More than 4,100 skiers and snowboarders were transported to emergency rooms in ambulances or helicopters across 2018, 2019 and the first part of 2020, which is about 10 patients every day of the season.

Outdoors

Opinion: Child care in Colorado was ready for reinvention, COVID-19 now demands it

Opinion Columns

An increasing number of Colorado coronavirus patients are surviving, and fewer need ventilators

The state's coronavirus mortality rate for hospitalized patients dropped to 10.5% compared to 15.1% in March, according to data shared by major hospital systems in Colorado

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Colorado health care workers felt called to help coronavirus patients in cities where thousands were dying

They left behind families, dogs and the mountains to help hospitals in New York and New Jersey. What they’ve learned could help Colorado.

Coronavirus

Colorado doctors now have plenty of experience battling coronavirus — and they’re getting better at it

Doug Summerfield, a 75-year-old Arvada man, may have benefited from new treatment techniques that doctors are using to help COVID-19 patients, as well as a greater well of experience

Coronavirus

5 weeks into Colorado’s coronavirus crisis, state health officials begin to request patient demographic details

Missing such data means lost opportunity to direct resources, alter treatment guidelines where inequities appear, and design control and prevention strategies, advocates say.

Coronavirus

Why are Colorado hospitals sending people with coronavirus home? There’s not much they can do.

Colorado hospitals say they need to prevent being overrun with patients but also that, unless someone with COVID-19 is in serious distress, medical options for helping them are limited. The majority of those infected will recover on their own.

Coronavirus

How pregnant women in Colorado are adapting to the coronavirus crisis to keep themselves safe

The CDC doesn't know whether pregnancy increases chances of infection, but the fast spread of COVID-19 has some women very worried. Some are even considering delivering their babies at birthing centers to avoid infection-filled hospitals.

Coronavirus

Colorado hospitals are preparing their doctors and nurses for an all-hands-on-deck coronavirus fight

Hospitals across the U.S. are readying doctors who don’t normally care for the seriously or critically ill to respond to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a massive, hasty realignment of the American health care system

Coronavirus

Colorado hospitals are postponing elective surgeries, reusing masks in preparation for a coronavirus surge

Hospitals and urgent care centers are already seeing numbers rise as more people who aren’t infected but are worried about COVID-19 come to get examined

Health

Polis wants communities to negotiate directly with hospitals. But, in Durango, a major hospital system just said no.

Centura Health, which operates Durango’s Mercy Regional Medical Center, says it will not work with the new Southwest Health Alliance

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Terminally ill, a Colorado man wanted aid-in-dying. His Catholic hospital said no.

Even as an increasing number of U.S. states have legalized aid-in-dying laws, exercising that option is challenging for patients in a country where most large hospital systems have deep religious ties and the religious right is powerful

Health

Opinion: The public option plan isn’t sustainable for Colorado and jeopardizes access

Centura Health's CEO says employers could be encouraged to drop health coverage under the public option plan

Opinion Columns

Colorado hospitals accuse Polis administration of hurting Medicaid patients, as health fight grows nastier

In a letter to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, hospital executives say onerous rules, outdated processes are putting patients at risk

Health

Colorado doctor challenges her firing from Centura Health over assisted suicide

Barbara Morris alleges Centura Health retaliated against her in violation of Colorado's assisted suicide law

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Why Colorado hospitals are getting into the housing business

Denver Health, Mercy in Durango, find providing housing is safer, more cost effective for patients "stranded" in the system

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