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Week of June 02, 2010. Click the front page to download the issue!
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 11:49:46 AM

Published weekly, Denver's Nursing Star was established in 2003 and is broadcast to RNs, LPNs and other healthcare professionals every week. With more than 9,525 e-publication readers and 120,000 monthly visitors to our Web site, Denver's Nursing Star is the largest health care newspaper in Colorado. Our print and online edition has a readership of 20,000+ and is distributed monthly to healthcare facilities throughout the Denver Metro area and direct mailed to RNs, LPNs, students and faculty at college and universities throughout the state. If you have a news idea, press release, announcements or personnel changes that affect the industry - call 720-283-2209 or email RECRUITERS: Ask about our advertising opportunities - JOB ALERTS (Immediate broadcast/Immediate results) - RECRUITER SPOTLIGHTS - RECRUITER SHOWCASE - PRINTABLE PDF. ADVERTISING - BANNER ADS AND ONLINE RATES AVAILABLE. To request rates and information email . COPYRIGHT © 2008 METRO PUBLISHING L.L.C. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED This website is owned and operated by METRO PUBLISHING L.L.C. and contains material that is protected by international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws and unless otherwise specified, is intended for your personal, noncommercial use only. Images and information contained on this site may not be modified, copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed for commercial use in any way unless authorized by the publisher or editor of Denver's Nursing Star. You may download material from this site and may use this site for personal and non-commercial use, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices remain intact. To request authorization for commercial use or reproduction of any material on this site email or call 720-283-2209.

Craig Hospital’s Nurse Advice Line Improves Lives, Rewards RNs
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 11:59:35 AM

By Joelle Moran Staff writer Coping with life-changing spinal cord injury only gets harder after leaving the hospital. Craig Hospital’s Nurse Advice Line serves as one outlet to ease that transition, offering patients and their families nursing guidance and much-needed emotional support.

University of Colorado Hospital Moving Forward with $400 Million Expansion
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:50:02 PM

Emergency services double with addition of second inpatient tower University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has announced ambitious plans to add a second inpatient tower to meet what has become an enormous demand for its services. At a cost of about $400 million, the project brings more patient beds, more emergency care and more jobs to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the state.

Region’s first robotic head and neck surgery takes place at McKee
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:01:19 PM

Loveland head and neck surgeon Sarjvit Gill, M.D., has performed Colorado’s first robotically-assisted surgery to treat throat cancer. It took place at McKee Medical Center on May 7. The patient, Gilbert Mulley of Glacier View in northwestern Larimer County, remained in the hospital for a week before he was discharged. Dr. Gill is one of a handful of surgeons in the nation and the only one in Colorado and surrounding states who has performed head and neck surgery using the daVinci® SI Surgical System. In this approach to treat cancers of the throat, which includes the larynx, tonsils and tongue, the surgeon accesses the area through the mouth. The robot system allows the physician to perform the delicate operation by providing better visualization, precision, dexterity and improved access to hard-to-reach areas in the throat. The traditional open approach for surgery to treat throat cancer requires the surgeon to make a long incision through the throat and jaw. The surgeon may need to break the jawbone to perform a tracheostomy to insert a breathing tube. The breathing tube is left in for up to 10 days after the surgery. This surgical approach can cause disfigurement and result in difficulty eating, speaking and swallowing. Reconstructive or plastic surgery may be needed to rebuild the bones or tissues removed during treatment. The benefits provided in a transoral robotic surgery include less blood loss, no visible scarring or disfigurement, no tracheostomy, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to normal speech and swallowing. Dr. Gill added that the three-dimensional view provided by the robot’s camera system means better visualization than what he sees when doing the procedure open. “With the robot, I have excellent visualization. The scope has different angles that allow me to see better than when I have direct line of sight.” “We are the only people in the whole region that are doing this and it’s really unique,” Gill added. Nearly a week after his surgery, Mulley said his recovery had been “fairly easy.” He was able to talk within four days of his surgery. In addition to having the tumor removed from his tongue, Mulley also had 58 lymph nodes removed in a separate procedure. Typically, an open surgery to remove the cancerous areas of the tongue would have required about seven hours in the operating room. By using the robot to remove the tumor, Dr. Gill was able to cut the time spent on that procedure by more than half. Mulley had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and lymph nodes earlier this year. His treatment plan had focused on radiation and chemotherapy until his physicians made him aware of the minimally invasive surgical approach using the robot. He and his wife, Yvonne, researched the procedure on the Internet and had faith in Gill to do the surgery. Mulley now has a very good prognosis, Gill said, and is awaiting a decision regarding further radiation. Dr. Gill has been a head and neck surgeon in Loveland since 1998 and performs numerous radical head and neck surgeries annually. Gill specializes in the entire field of otolaryngology and has an interest in cancer of the head and neck. In addition to removing cancerous areas, he has the unique ability to perform delicate microvascular reconstruction. His ability to do that type of work means that after he has removed cancer, he can reconstruct areas of the mouth or throat taking tissue from the arm or leg. In many cases, that type of tumor removal and tissue reconstruction requires the work of two different specialists. Dr. Gill completed his head and neck residency at Washington University in Saint Louis. He went to medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah. He is married, has two children and lives in Larimer County. McKee Medical Center now offers minimally invasive surgery for head and neck, as well as gynecologic and urologic conditions. If you have questions or would like more information, please call (970) 203-2689.

Nurse-Family Partnership Receives $2 Million Gift
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:53:26 PM

Board Member Jim Hagedorn’s Donation Will Support Expansion Efforts Nurse-Family Partnership®, a leading non-profit organization addressing the needs of low income, first-time parents and their children, has received a $2 million gift from Jim Hagedorn, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in Marysville, Ohio, and a member of the Nurse-Family Partnership Board of Directors. Hagedorn’s donation will aid Nurse-Family Partnership’s ongoing efforts to create and expand community and state support of the NFP evidence-based public health program around the United States.

13,000 California RNs to Strike June 10 as Part of Largest Nurses Strike in U.S. History
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:52:09 PM

25,000 RNs at UC Medical Centers, Twin Cities, MN, and other CA hospitals join forces over crisis of patient safety in America's hospitals As many as 25,000 registered nurses from California and Minnesota have issued one-day strike notices Friday morning over patient care issues in contract negotiations at their facilities, the California Nurses Association and Minnesota Nurses Association announced today. All the nurses are members of National Nurses United, the nation's largest professional association and union for RNs. In both California and Minnesota the key sticking point is safe nurse to patient staffing. Short staffing has become hospital industry standard across the country. This has left serious patient care issues unaddressed. Nurses are demanding safe RN-to-patient ratios at all times, including during nurse meal and rest breaks. The nurses are seeking to establish nurse-to-patient ratios through collective bargaining in states such as Minnesota, where ratios are not currently law. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated that thousand of lives could be saved annually by improving nurse-to-patient ratios. In California, where hospitals must follow minimum nurse-to-patient specific ratios under state law, the nurses are seeking to strengthen enforcement of the ratios and guard against politicians and the industry who seek to roll them back. Nurses also want to protect other patient safeguards including guarantees that nurses – who typically work 12-hour days - receive rest and meal breaks during their shifts. Secondarily, the RNs are fighting to protect their retirement, which is a key factor in recruitment and retention of experienced nurses. The California nurses come from five University of California Medical Centers—San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Davis—as well as four other facilities: Citrus Valley Medical Center (Covina), San Pedro Hospital (San Pedro), Marina del Rey Medical Center (Los Angeles) and Olympia Medical Center (Los Angeles). The 12,000 Minnesota RNs come from six hospitals that are a part of the Twin Cities hospital systems.

06-02-10 Colorado Hospital Association files lawsuit against Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding hospital licensing rules
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:53:54 PM

DENVER—The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) announced today that the organization, along with seven member hospitals and health care systems, has filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). On behalf of all CHA members, the Association is seeking to overturn new licensing regulations for hospitals and health facilities.

2010 GreatNonprofits Health Campaign Launches to Identify Leading Nonprofits
Posted: 6/2/2010 at 12:52:47 PM

GreatNonprofits and GuideStar announce the launch of the 2010 GreatNonprofits Health Campaign to identify top-rated organizations working to improve the health of our communities.

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