U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Colorado’s health care leaders.
(Centennial, Colo.) – Centura Health, the leader in health care for Colorado and western Kansas is home to four hospitals which have been recognized as 2019 Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their care providers in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or common elective procedures.
This year, U.S. News updated the methodology in its 12 data-driven specialty rankings, which cover Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, and Urology.
Spanning 25 adult specialties, procedures and conditions, the 2019-20 rankings evaluated nearly every community hospital in America, providing a multi-faceted assessment. The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
Porter Adventist Hospital – Number 2 in Colorado
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services – Number 3 in Colorado
Parker Adventist Hospital – Number 7 in Colorado
St. Anthony Hospital – Number 11 in Colorado
Additionally, the following Centura Hospitals have received “High Rating” Recognition in several adult conditions/procedures:
Avista Adventist Hospital – Knee Replacement
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital – Hip Replacement
Littleton Adventist Hospital – Heart Failure
OrthoColorado Hospital – Knee and Hip Replacement
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services– Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement
Porter Adventist Hospital – Urology
St. Anthony Hospital – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Heart Failure, Lung Cancer Surgery
“Centura Health is home to a some of the best hearts and minds in health care and provides excellence in a diverse range of health care offerings, as illustrated by these rankings,” said Edward Sim, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Centura Health. “As we continue on our mission of providing whole person care for individuals across the many communities we serve, it’s important that we uphold the highest standards of quality care.”
To learn more about Centura Health’s care, visit https://www.centura.org/.
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ABOUT CENTURA HEALTH
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.
Update on the Sales & Use Tax Simplification Law – SB19-006
Notes from the Task Force Meeting held Monday, July 22, 2019
Several presentations were given at the Capitol, which provided an update on the Sales & Use Simplification – SB19-006. A task force has been formed to review and provide recommendations pertaining to the new and very complex law.
SB19-006 - Electronic Sales And Use Tax Simplification System
Concerning an electronic sales and use tax simplification system, and, in connection therewith, requiring the office of information technology to conduct a sourcing method for the development of the system and requiring the department of revenue to establish the implementation of the system for the acceptance of returns and processing of payments for the sales and use tax levied by the state and any local taxing jurisdictions, and making an appropriation.
Key points from the task force meeting:
What makes Colorado different from other states?
In most states, taxes are collected by the state and disbursed to localities. Colorado is the minority and has local administration and base authority on how it does its collection which adds to the complexity. Going toward state collection would mean the local governments need to move to uniformity.
Understanding the complexities of sales and use tax with home run municipalities makes it difficult to get to one rate state but there are opportunities to make it less complex.
Three resources for customers
*The Revenue online portal just had additional capabilities added for businesses to be able to manage their account. Physical locations are required to have a sales tax license for that site. Non-physical sites are not required to go through a registration process, but they do have to be added to an account – biggest pieces of the updates were ease of use for registration as well as online maintenance.
Highlands Ranch and Aurora, CO – Schomp Automotive is gearing up for its 29th annual Children’s Hospital Colorado Sale, its most significant and emotion-driven sale of the year. The acquisition of three dealerships in Aurora is expected to help fuel the fundraiser which has generated nearly $400,000 since 1990. The sale is set for Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27 at Schomp BMW, Honda and MINI, 1190 Plum Valley Lane (Lucent Blvd. off C-470) in Highlands Ranch; and Schomp Subaru, Mazda and Hyundai, 580 S. Havana in Aurora.
Schomp employees are especially driven to raise funds for the Children’s Colorado Burn Program, established over 30 years ago as the only one in the state dedicated to treating pediatric burn patients and providing burn prevention education. Proceeds generated from the one-week sale of new and pre-owned vehicles will help provide equipment needed to treat kids suffering from devastating burn injuries – like Children’s Hospital Colorado Patient Ambassador, Armando (age 12), who damaged his left hand so badly in a firecracker accident that it had to be amputated. Armando will visit both Schomp campuses, sharing his transformative experience with the Children’s Colorado Burn Camps Program, which has helped him navigate the physical and social challenges that follow a severe burn injury.
While the cause is serious, both Schomp campuses have an extensive schedule of fun and educational activities planned throughout the week, including radio station remotes, a Dalmation bounce house, face painting, temporary henna tattoos, ice cream and food trucks, fresh popcorn, grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, and fire hats for the kids -- all compliments of Schomp. (Note: not all activities take place at both locations; a detailed schedule is included with this press release).
This is the first year in the sale’s history that first responders are participating in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Sale. At Schomp Honda and BMW, the South Metro Fire Safety Foundation is providing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) demonstrations and is displaying its Survivor Car – a stark reminder of the importance of wearing seat belts.
At Schomp Subaru, Aurora Police Department officers will provide crime and auto theft prevention tips, and will hand out coloring books and pencils to youngsters. An in-service Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) fire engine and firefighters will be on site for photo opportunities. AFR’s public information officer will provide fire safety handouts and car seat inspections. For more information, visit www.schomp.com.
Background / Children’s Hospital Colorado Sale
Schomp’s affiliation with Children’s Hospital Colorado began in 1986 with the first Ralph Schomp Fire Truck Parade & Muster, held in partnership with Mile High Hook & Ladder (MHHL), an all-volunteer organization comprised of fire truck collectors, and active and retired firefighters. When MHHL members decided to hold a fundraiser in conjunction with the muster, the logical designated charity was the Children’s Colorado Burn Center.
For several years, the dealership, which was then located at the corner of Broadway and Littleton Blvd., closed on one Saturday each July and cleared its lots to host a fire truck parade, pancake breakfast, fire safety demonstrations, junior firefighter games, a medical helicopter landing, an auto extrication by Littleton Fire Rescue, and displays of handsomely restored antique and modern fire rescue apparatus. The Muster eventually outgrew the dealership grounds and is now staged at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. And like the Muster, the Children’s Hospital Colorado Sale has become a much-anticipated Schomp community tradition.
DENVER, Colo. – July 18, 2019 – Advancing two spots from last year, metro Denver is now the eighth-best market for tech talent according to CBRE’s Tech Talent Scorecard, part of its annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent.
The Denver/Boulder region added more than 25,000 tech jobs over the past five years (30.9 percent growth), surpassing the tech talent produced from local universities by nearly 6,500. With tech job creation outpacing local supply, Denver/Boulder has seen an influx of tech workers from other states in hand with rising labor costs and increased competition to attract and retain talent. According to CBRE's interactive Tech Talent Analyzer, greater Denver trails only the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle in terms of tech labor market competitiveness.
“Our high-quality labor force has been without question the top factor attracting tech firms to the Denver/Boulder region over the past decade. As new tech companies have opened offices in Colorado and existing firms have expanded, tech jobs are being created at a faster pace than ever before. The good news is an abundance of opportunity helps us continue to attract the nation’s top tech talent. When today’s tech worker looks at Denver, they do not see a professional pitstop, they see a long-term career destination,” said Alex Hammerstein, Senior Vice President with CBRE’s Tech & Media Practice in Denver.
Colorado stood out in the report in a number of other key areas:
The Tech Talent Scorecard is determined based on 13 unique metrics, including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed tech degrees, industry outlook for job growth, and market outlook for both office and apartment rent cost growth.
Top 10 tech talent markets:
SF Bay Area, CA
New York, NY
View the full report here. To view individual market statistics and rankings, including rankings on the Scorecard, access CBRE’s Tech Talent Analyzer.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
In a unanimous vote at its July 2 meeting, the Littleton City Council approved a contract naming Reid Betzing as city attorney. Betzing will start July 22.
Betzing’s legal career includes 12 years of law practice with the City of Arvada, most recently as Senior Assistant City Attorney, where he practiced all aspects of municipal law including land use and property issues, litigation, representing the city at various court hearings, and preparing legal memoranda for city council, boards, commissions and departments. He also negotiated and drafted contracts ranging from public works and infrastructure agreements to leases, licenses, intergovernmental agreements and more. Previously he served as Lakewood’s Deputy City Attorney where he represented the city in municipal court matters.
Betzing earned his juris doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and was awarded three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Political Science, International Affairs, and History.
Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said, “The council is very pleased to welcome Reid to the city. His municipal law experience combined with his leadership skills and great personality will be an asset to our organization. We look forward to working with Reid on all of the initiatives council has on the docket. It’s a busy time and we are confident we have the right team to make it happen.”
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career,” Betzing said. “I’m looking forward to utilizing my knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to lead the legal team in helping city council accomplish its goals.
Eat, drink and enjoy live music at the City of Centennial’s 4th annual BBQ & Beer Tasting Festival! The event takes place on Saturday, July 13 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Centennial Center Park. The event features local breweries, BBQ and live music by two Colorado bands, the Cowboy Dave Band a honky-tonk, western and country music group and Lee & Co. a four piece band that performs rockabilly and old time rock ’n’ roll. The live music will be in the Park amphitheater so don’t forget your chairs and blankets!
To participate in the beer tasting you must be 21 years or older. Admission is free; cost for the beer tasting is $15 for a punch card and tasting mug which includes 10, 3 oz. sample tastings. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended through Eventbrite. Please note: a small service fee will apply online or if paying with a credit card on event day.
Local breweries (and a winery) participating in this event include:
Halfpenny Brewing Company
Mama’s Bear Brew
Merchant du Vin
New Planet Brewery
Resolute Brewing Company
Spice Trade Brewing
White Claw Hard Seltzer
Avery Brewing Company
Water 2 Wine
Local BBQ and ice cream for purchase at this event include:
Smokin’ J’s BBQ
Hunje By J Street
Em’s Ice Cream
Ol' Skool Que
Rolling Smoke BBQ
Yogi’s Ice Cream
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Ave., adjacent to the City offices.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Community Partner Centennial Medical Plaza; Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare Associates; Bronze Sponsors State Farm Damy McDaniels and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Visit centennialco.gov/events to view the other exciting events scheduled at Centennial Center Park this summer.
CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 2019 initiative to double its national footprint and establish a base in the Denver area, Uptown Suites announced it raised its level of membership with the South Metro Denver Chamberto join the SMDC's Economic Development Group.
"We increased our level of membership with the South Metro Denver Chamber because we know it will boost brand awareness and facilitate a strong first year for us in Colorado," said Virginia Swords, Uptown Suites' Director of Marketing.
Swords said access to the SMDC's network of 800 regional businesses made the decision to become more involved with the Chamber an easy one.
"The Chamber has been instrumental in connecting us with the community," she said. "We're looking forward to growing our relationship with them and the state of Colorado for many years to come."
SMDC President and CEO Robert Golden said Uptown Suites' model of locating in tight-knit communities with ready access to local restaurants, transportation and entertainment aligns with the Chamber's goals of building thoughtful, connected business relationships in the region.
"We think Uptown Suites is a perfect partner, especially with the number of people who travel here for business and want to enjoy everything this area has to offer during their stay," Golden said. "We're happy to share our resources to give them a base as they expand in Colorado and nationally."
Uptown Suites recently opened pet-friendly extended stay locations in Centennial and Westminster, with plans to open a total of eight new properties across the United States. The apartment-style suites include in-room kitchens, on-site guest laundry, a 24/7 gym, grocery delivery, electric car charging stations, excellent Wi-Fi service and other amenities designed for families and business travelers.
Given anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists, immunologists, radiologists, urologists and so on, the field of medicine suffers no lack of “ologists.” One “ologist” you may not have heard of – the lipidologist – can help keep you from needing one you’re most certainly familiar with: the cardiologist.
Lipid specialist Dr. Deepak Honaganahalli focuses on cholesterol, though his work involves much more than just fatty acids. Honaganahalli, a UCHealth internal medicine physician and lipidologist, sees patients at UCHealth Primary Care Clinic – Greenwood Village. He says that, as the scientific understanding of the roots of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries) has deepened and preventative care ranging from statins to dietary changes have proliferated, lipid specialists can play increasingly important roles in keeping plaques from clogging arteries and causing heart attacks and strokes.
In the blood
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States; strokes come in at number five. Honaganahalli seems to have been born to do work to change that. While he was growing up in the state of Karnataka in southwestern India, his father was a biochemist at JJM Medical College, which stoked Honaganahalli’s interest in metabolism and biochemistry. Honaganahalli’s first encounter with the word “heart attack” was when his grandfather, who lived with his family, died of one when Honaganahalli was 9. The grandson went on to study medicine at JJM Medical College and has remained steeped in the advancing science of lipids in the bloodstream ever since.
That science predated Honaganahalli’s medical degree by decades. The famed Framingham Heart Study launched in 1948 and proved links between heart problems with unchangeable factors (such as sex, age and race) and modifiable ones (such as diet, high blood pressure, smoking, sedentary lifestyles, obesity, and high cholesterol). Identifying those factors fed into the development of the risk profiling done today, which has over time identified conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis as making atherosclerosis worse.
As far as what to do about that risk, in the 1970s, Akira Endo discovered the first statin while researching molds that inhibit cholesterol synthesis in microbes. Now seven statins are on the market, Honaganahalli’s says, all designed to lower LDL (low-density lipoproteins), a.k.a. “bad” cholesterol. In addition, several other classes of medication that can come into play to prevent heart disease, he says.
Lipid specialists such as Honaganahalli develop personalized risk profiles for each patient and then work with patients to come up with customized plans to reduce the risk of developing serious circulatory problems. In addition to the factors mentioned above, one’s metabolism, genetic makeup, lifestyle and stress levels all come into play. In addition, different statins have different side effects and interactions with other drugs, so lipid specialists can pick out the medication that does the most good with the least collateral damage.
“We look at the person as a whole,” Honaganahalli said. “There’s so much fragmentation of care nowadays, this is one field in which we tie it all together to see a person’s overall risk.”
Diet and exercise are also part of Honaganahalli’s prescription. Exercise can mean any sort of physical activity, he says – be it walking somewhere you’d normally drive, taking the stairs, or working light dumbbells while watching TV. Diet factors in, too, though there’s no straight line between dietary fats and LDL in one’s blood. Eating fatty foods does increase LDL levels – but only about 30 percent of LDL in the bloodstream traces straight back to that cheeseburger. The liver manufactures the other 70 percent, Honaganahalli says, as it turns excess calories into fats for storage to be tapped during episodes of food scarcity so common in our evolutionary past and so rare in the Grubhub era. (The same thing happens in the cows that become the fatty beef in cheeseburgers, Honaganahalli points out: “Cows eat grass – where is the fat in grass?”)
So excess carbohydrates are often a big driver of blood cholesterol, and lipid specialists can test for triglycerides (another form of cholesterol) in ways that can show whether a low-carb diet or a low-fat diet is the better option. Diet is also a tool to help maintain a patient’s balance between LDL, triglycerides, and HDL, or “good” cholesterol, Honaganahalli says.
Another good reason to check in with a lipid specialist is to test for familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH. This is a genetic disease that affects one in 250 people, majority of whom don’t know they have it. Untreated the disease triggers high LDL levels that usher in a 20- to 30-fold higher risk of heart attack or stroke than that of those without the genetic defect, Honaganahalli says. The earlier one tests for FH, the better, he adds: a man with FH has a 50 percent chance of having a heart attack by the age of 50.
Honaganahalli says patients should consider five factors when thinking about seeing a lipid specialist.
Five factors for lipid specialists
First, know your cholesterol numbers. If your LDL “bad” cholesterol is 190 or above, you should see a specialist: you may have FH and a high risk of cardiovascular consequences.
Second, know your conditions. Certain medical problems – thyroid disorders, kidney disease, arthritis, certain infections, and diabetes, among others – can heighten the risk of atherosclerosis.
Third, know your risk. High blood pressure, inflammation, being a smoker, a family history of heart disease or stroke, and obesity are among the risk factors that can turn an LDL level that might otherwise be benign into a serious cardiovascular problem.
Fourth, know your medications. Particularly if you have diabetes – as mentioned, a major contributor to heart disease – it’s important to make sure you’re on the right statin.
Fifth, know your diet. As noted, what you eat can translate to LDL in different ways, and knowing what you’re eating will help a lipid specialist help you change your diet for the better.
“The good news is, cardiovascular problems are preventable,” said Honaganahalli. “The challenge is seeing the right person and getting high cholesterol and other risk factors addressed at the right time.”
Shared from: https://www.uchealth.org/today/lipid-specialists-help-navigate-heart-health-maze/