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

The state’s relatively high vaccination rate is one reason

Coronavirus

For Colorado health workers, the latest COVID surge is a special kind of exhausting

“We started to see an end to the tunnel,” said Josi Hamill, a nurse ICU manager. “Everyone was getting really excited. We were down to one to two COVID patients in our unit.”

Coronavirus

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

Banner Health became the first hospital owner in Colorado to issue a mandate, but others may be waiting on the FDA to give full approval to the COVID-19 vaccines

Coronavirus

What’s Working: Denver business leaders say $45,000 is the new “scrape-by” wage

More women and people of color fall below that wage so here’s how to help them move up. Plus: Colorado Republicans ask for end to federal unemployment benefits; a company's expansion adds 100 jobs and lots of other actual jobs

Economy

Colorado will pay hospitals to close expensive free-standing ERs

The state wants some of the 34 hospital-owned free-standing ERs converted to other purposes, such as providing primary care or mental health services.

Health

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

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

Health

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 public option opponents accused of trying to “weaponize” doctors against health insurance proposal

PATH, an organization backed by Colorado hospitals, is encouraging medical professionals to speak out against the soon-to-come public health insurance option legislation

Health

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

Denver’s Rose Medical Center, celebrating 70 years, created a culture that countered post-war discrimination

Rose became the first Denver hospital to grant privileges to a Black physician. Its emphasis on inclusivity endured through a contentious sale and shifting health care industry.

Health

Paging Dr. Algorithm: How AI and other new tech are changing care in Colorado hospitals

UCHealth and HealthONE use advanced algorithms, remote monitoring to chase disease and help keep hospital patients safe

Health

Denver-area hospitals made a record $2 billion in profits in 2018, according to a new report

Many Colorado hospitals outside of the metro area also saw strong profitability

Health

As their revenues grew, Colorado hospitals pushed costs onto privately insured patients and reaped billions, according to a new state report

The report sets up one major battle in health cost fight, as Gov. Jared Polis officially creates his new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care

Health

Opinion: Closure of midwife practices could escalate opportunity gaps for Colorado children

Opinion Columns

“An ugly scenario:” For-profit health corporation to shut down midwifery practices in Denver, Aurora

The two practices serve mostly inner-city, poor mothers and refugees

Health