(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) (Feb 26, 2019) – Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is now the first hospital system in Colorado, and among the first in the nation, to offer needle-free blood draws for inpatients using the PIVO™ device from Velano Vascular. Earlier this month, Velano was named one of the world’s Ten Most Innovative Companies in Biotech by Fast Company.
Traditional needle-based blood draws create fear and anxiety in nearly every patient and can present heightened risks for injury and infection by health care practitioners. Even worse, the very act of collecting blood using needles is growing increasingly challenging as the number of patients with age, weight or disease related complications rises.
“As the region’s largest health care provider, we are committed to innovation on behalf of the half a million patients and the tens of thousands of providers that tend to their health and wellbeing within our hospitals every year,” said Shauna Gulley, SVP and Chief Clinical Officer of Centura Health. “We are proud to be the first health system in the region and one of the first in the country to challenge the need for needles in blood collection, upending a status quo that creates unnecessary pain, anxiety and risk.”
Nursing teams from across Centura Health have partnered with supply chain management to adopt this new, more humane standard of care as part of its ongoing commitment to a higher quality of care and improved patient and practitioner safety. The PIVO device is currently in use in several of Centura Health’s Denver metro area hospitals and will become available at other hospitals throughout the year as part of our system-wide rollout and commitment to better care.
Velano Vascular’s revolutionary PIVO device connects to an indwelling peripheral IV line, enabling Centura Health caregivers to extract high quality blood samples directly from the vein. Centura Health is the first to make this award-winning, human-centered technology available to patients in Colorado and Kansas.
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The “partisan ship” set sail this week as one of the first bills to pass without any Republican support hits the Governor’s desk and it is likely the first of many.
Members of the House debated two of this year’s most controversial bills (so far), SB19-042 by Sen. Mike Foote (D-Boulder), Reps. Jeni Arndt (D-Fort Collins), and Emily Sirota (D-Glendale) which aims to ensure a presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote is the candidate elected president; and HB19-1177, also known as the “red flag bill,” by Rep. Tom Sullivan (D-Centennial), House Majority Leader Alec Garnett (D-Denver), Sens. Lois Court (D-Denver), and Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) which would allow a Colorado judge to order the firearms of a person deemed a risk to themselves or others to be temporarily seized.
On the way to Governor Jared Polis (D) is the national popular vote bill. Six Democrats (Reps. Adrienne Benavidez (D-Denver); Bri Buentello (D-Pueblo); Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango); Marc Snyder (D-Manitou Springs); Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo); and Donald Valdez (D-La Jara)) voted against the bill which passed with only their parties support in both chambers. Governor Polis has already indicated he will sign it.
These splits could be notable given Democrats commitment to work across the aisle; even controversial bills of weeks past, like the sex education bill had Republican co-prime sponsors. In that case, Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose) was a champion for the issue, serving as a Senate sponsor of HB19-1032. Looking forward, negotiations will continue on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act which passed the Senate Judiciary committee on a party-line vote on Wednesday.
When even more contentious bills hit committees, a trend toward division will not help industries like oil and gas and pharmaceutical manufacturers who have been patiently awaiting legislation to increase their regulation promised during the campaign season.
It is rumored that bills introduced in the Senate will be slowing down with today’s rush of bills “sun-setting” a number of issues within the Department of Regulatory Agencies. In the House, there are still likely dozens of bills to come with the next deadline approaching on the 27th.
Next week, it is possible that an oil and gas omnibus bill will be introduced and with many stakeholder meetings this week dealing with general business issues being held, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance bill could also be introduced.
(R-L) Reps. James Coleman (D-Aurora), Sen. Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village), Rep. Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County) and Sen. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) accept their "Golden Apple Award" on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol. Awards were given to these four legislators who spoke to the hundreds of students who attend school online and their families because of their championship for choice in public schools.
One of my favorite events of the year is just around the corner. SDMC’s The TANK event on April 30th gives non-profit organizations a chance to get some exposure, some good advice and maybe even some money to support their great work.
With inspiration gathered from the popular television show “The Shark Tank,” we have created an opportunity to learn about, and support, a dozen non-profit organizations.
The TANK provides a chance for selected non-profits, usually on the smaller side, to be recognized and receive funding based on their appeal and purpose. I love that it exposes our members that attend (typically about 125) to non-profits that they haven’t heard of before and allows them to make a direct contribution to these groups. I also love that we present the groups with their checks right at the event. No processing and no delay, which I think is pretty awesome!
This year we’ve selected to these organizations to present:
Courageous Faces Foundation
The Courageous Faces Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with a rare or severe medical condition due to genetics, illness or traumatic injury through direct personalized support. We are committed to providing transformational growth opportunities to create fuller lives.
Zane Beadles Parade Foundation
Created by Zane Beadles, former offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, this organization’s mission is to support the journey of young people going through life-threatening medical experiences.
With an emphasis on Future Focus, Self-Awareness and MentorLife, Friends First peer mentoring programs provide teens with the tools, knowledge and strong role models that enable them to make positive life choices like refraining from high-risk behaviors (such as alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; early sexual activity; and violence) that could impact their potential for future success.
Warrior Bonfire Program
This program is committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients on their life long journey of recovery and healing, with focus on creating activity based, stress free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing.
Home Builders Foundation
This foundation strives to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in their community.
This organization provides a place of refuge and a safe haven for women to rest, heal, and grow. The group exists to encourage women to establish spiritual, mental, and physical strength. The organization’s goal is for women to be “transformed and become fully devoted followers of Christ; knowing they are a daughter of the King of Kings and set free from relational abuse.”
At The Tank we’ll also be able to learn about another six non-profits that will be exhibiting at our event. Those groups include:
I look forward to another fun, giving-filled afternoon! I hope you can join us. To learn more about the event, to register to attend, or to become “a Shark,” go to www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html
Denver, CO – February 14, 2019 – Clay Lacy has piloted aircraft for over 55,000 hours, possibly more than any other human being in history. Now his legendary achievements as a pilot in commercial, business, military, racing and test flights will inspire a new generation of aerospace leaders at Wings Over the Rockies’ (Wings) Exploration of Flight Campus at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado.
The “Clay Lacy Field of Dreams Flight Ramp” will be a launch pad for future aviators who visit the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight. The major gift will help expand the 77,000 sq. ft. flight ramp to accommodate additional flight activities.
“The Field of Dreams Flight Ramp is a perfect place to recognize Clay Lacy’s renowned career throughout the national aviation community,” said Wings’ President and CEO Maj Gen, John Barry, USAF (Ret). “His generosity will help create a focal point for America’s future aviators, right here in Colorado.”
The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery provides year-round activities that interact with the Flight Ramp. Exhibits and programs provide visitors a “living hangar” with all dimensions of the flight experience. Wings volunteers have already provided hundreds of flights for area young people, teachers and those interested in aviation.
Wings Over the Rockies recognized Lacy in 2016 for his career in aviation, which included several connections to Colorado. Lynn Krogh, CEO and Founder of International Jet Aviation at Centennial Airport has known Lacy for almost fifty years.
“Clay Lacy is known throughout the aviation community as a business leader, entrepreneur, test pilot, race pilot and airline captain,” said Krogh. “Exploration of Flight will be a nationally known center to launch new generations of future aviators to follow in his contrails.”
To learn more about the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight visit ExplorationOfFlight.org/BlueSky.
About Wings Over the Rockies:
Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Wings strives to encourage the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies please visit WingsMuseum.org or ExplorationOfFlight.org.
The City of Centennial is currently accepting applications to be on the City’s Youth Commission. As an Advisory Board to City Council, the Youth Commission fosters a greater understanding of the concerns of youth and their contributions to the community while encouraging greater youth participation in City issues.
The Centennial Youth Commission was formed by City Council in July 2003 to provide a voice for the City’s youth. The Commission is composed of eleven teens from the City of Centennial, ranging in age from 13 to 18. The Youth Commission participates in City-wide events, develops community initiatives and performs community service projects.
All terms are for a period of two years. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Centennial Civic Center located at 13133 E. Arapahoe Road. An application is attached or may be obtained online.
The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019.
More waiting than seeing this week at the state house. Small victories are being celebrated by mostly Democratic legislators who have been working on the same issues over the course of the last four years and are finally seeing them pass - at least through their first committee. Bills this week were heard that regulate student loan services, ban inquiries about criminal activity on job applications, and limit the fees charged on rental applications. Republicans on the other hand are expressing their frustrations, mostly over losing bills that were once supported by their left-leaning colleagues. And while these tiffs between the minority party and majority leadership are not out of the ordinary, one battle has caused a rule revival that could have serious impacts for a lot of bills that have already passed out of the Senate.
Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) had a bill that gave teachers a pass on sales tax on purchases of school supplies which was killed in the first committee. Democrats, pointing to bigger issues that educators face, like low pay, said that the avoided tax was “like a bandage on a bigger wound.” Republicans took to social media, spotlighting some banter on the mic between Sen. Pete Lee (D-Manitou Springs) and Sen. Lois Court (D-Denver). While controversy started to build, Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) put a kibosh on the entire discussion, pointing to a clause in the Colorado Constitution (Article V, Section 31) which determined that revenue- raising or lowing bills must start in the House of Representatives.
At this point, there has not been a calculation done regarding which bills will be effected by this rule, but it is clear that the President intends to interpret the constitution literally and strictly. This means that Senate Bills which affect the General Fund should be killed and restarted in the lower chamber in order to avoid challenges around a proposed law’s constitutionality. Political fallout from this is yet to be determined, but for those in the capitol this wasn’t the only decision affecting educators this week.
On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) decided they will not intervene in the teachers’ strike. Gov. Jared Polis announced the decision he and CDLE Director Joe Barela made, saying that they believe the district and teachers are close to a negotiated agreement. A final bargaining session is being held in Denver at 5:00 pm on February 8. If no agreement is reached, teachers will begin their strike on Monday and will likely storm the capitol with red t-shirts and demands for the state to buy down the state’s “budget stabilization factor” (formerly known as the “negative factor”) like they did last year – another reminder of sessions past.
For next week, it is likely that health care remains in the focus. There are a number of new bills that deal with rate setting, out-of-network provider costs, and drug importation schemes. With the Governor’s campaign promise of bringing down the cost of healthcare still majorly unresolved, it’s likely that this issue will stay front and center until the end of session. More bills on health care transparency are still to come as are bills that regulate the oil and gas industry.
The Third Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo will be on Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room. The Expo intends to help business owners and managers learn about the organizations and agencies dedicated to setting small businesses on a course for growth and assistance to achieve greater prosperity—from one-on-one consulting to learning about government contracting. A continental breakfast will be served and pre-registration is requested. Resources, attendees and lenders include:
U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, Colorado SBDC Network, Minority Business Office, Aurora-South Metro SBDC, Greater Englewood Chamber, City of Englewood, Englewood Public Library, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Arapahoe Libraries, Colorado PTAC; Connect2DOT, Mi Casa Resource Center, Manufacturer's EDGE, Better Business Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Accion, CHFA, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Colorado Lending Source, CEDS Finance, Preferred Lending Partners, Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute (RMMFI)
Englewood’s economic development manager, Darren Hollingsworth, is encouraging business owners and entrepreneurs to attend this event. “This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with resources and lenders to help start or grow your business in Englewood.” Hollingsworth said.
Over a dozen business resource partners will each provide a short introduction to their services. Speakers from the Small Business Administration Colorado District Office, the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and several other state and local agencies. Nonprofit lenders will be on hand to discuss their funding programs with attendees. Mayor Linda Olson will welcome attendees and provide opening remarks shortly after 8:00 AM. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, will emcee the event, and City of Englewood officials will offer an update from the Economic Development Office.
Details for this free event may be found at www.englewoodco.gov/doing-business/business-training. For more information, please contact Darren Hollingsworth at (303)762-2599
SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER BILL POSITIONS
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While Colorado lawmakers debate hundreds of bills every year, only one must pass each year – the bill that dictates the state budget. The “long bill,” as it’s commonly referred, will direct over $30 billion dollars in state spending beginning this fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020. The debate about how to spend the money is the most prominent discussion of the legislative session.
Just before the 2018 election, in his final plea to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) submitted a budget request which got the budget ball rolling. After the election, newly elected Governor Jared Polis (D) reworked the previous request and included requests for some high dollar programs.
In the Polis proposal, $227 million is dedicated to expanding full-day kindergarten services, another $26 million to help school districts implement the measure for the school year beginning in the fall of 2019, and $77 million is earmarked to pay down the budget stabilization factor (formerly known as the “negative factor” which currently sits at $672 million owed to school districts).
With education such a huge focus of the Polis Administration’s priorities it should come to no surprise that this week, a House committee held its first 10-hour hearing on the topic; but instead of funding, sex-ed was on the agenda.
Over 300 people signed up to testify, after the Denver archbishop urged Colorado Catholics to block the passage of the bill. HB19-1032, which is backed by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, would prohibit public schools from teaching abstinence-only sex education. The bill would require the schools to have a comprehensive sex-ed or none at all. Democrats passed the bill without support from any Republicans.
Another priority on the governor’s spending agenda is a bill that would allow for Colorado to create a Canadian drug importation system. $1.3 million has been requested for this purpose and the bill that would authorize the department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF) to develop a plan was heard in the Senate Health Committee this week. While industry experts expressed concerns over the safety of medicines coming to the US, the impact of such programs on research, development and innovation in this country, and the true cost of the scheme, legislators were swayed by the argument that drugs in Canada, where there is single payer healthcare, are cheaper. The bill passed on a vote of four to one with Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) joining the Democrats to move the bill to the Appropriations Committee. The bill will likely remain waiting there until after the March revenue forecast when the committee can decide if the bill is still a priority worthy of state funding.
This year, the JBC is departing from their tradition of keeping the budget input process limited to the team of six that make up the committee. Two Republicans, Rep. Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County) and Sen. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), and four Democrats Rep. Chris Hansen (D-Denver) and Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo) and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) and Chair Sen. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) serve on the JBC.
Accusations have been made in the past that the JBC does not have a transparent process as much of the work happens beginning in November; and during session, the hours are long. In an effort to open up the budget process, Sen. Moreno is allowing public testimony in front of the committee for the first time ever. That hearing will be Monday afternoon.
Next week we can also expect some of the rumored 150+ late bills to be introduced. Some may set the framework for proposals from the governor reflected in his budget request, like a full-day kindergarten bill. Others may be bills that address demands from Coloradans that are holding over from the election, like bills to authorize robust transportation spending or bills that regulate oil and gas.
Former state Sen. Mike Johnson (D-Denver) who ran for Governor in 2018 announced yesterday, Jan. 31, that he will be running for Senate. He joins former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff (D-Denver) in what will surely be a crowded Democratic primary. The victor will challenge Senator Cory Gardner (R) in 2020. This announcement, in addition to former Governor Hickenlooper's quest for the US Presidency (although the official announcement has not been made), likely means that Colorado will again be a hot bed of action for the coming election.
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Douglas County Business Alliance
Morning at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 6th, 7:30am
Senate Committee Room 352
Join the Douglas County Business Alliance for a Morning at the Colorado State Capitol!
Minority Leader Chris Holbert
Senator Jim Smallwood
Houses Minority Leader Patrick Neville
Representative Kevin Van Winkle
Representative Kim Ransom
Representative Mark Baisley
Featuring special guest speaker
Lt Governor Dianne Primavera
(invited – not yet confirmed)
The Douglas County Business Alliance (DCBA) is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community. Members of DCBA include Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Economic Development, Northwest Douglas County Economic Development, The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. DCBA in partnership with its members have worked tirelessly to transform Douglas County into a hub of economic activity in the state. To continue this momentum, DCBA has outlined five legislative priorities in 2019 which will continue to support the health of the business community in Colorado.
DCBA has outlined five legislative priorities for 2019 which will continue to support the health of the business community in Colorado.
Workforce Development * Transportation Funding * Less Regulation* Attainable Housing * Tax Simplification:
DCBA is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community.