Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services


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Shout out to St. Francis Hospital SPD!!! Happy Sterile Processing week to a group of hard working individuals. It was a pleasure working with each of you, y’all are such a great team and deserve a great deal of recognition this week for sure 💕
Penrose st Francis hospital. The epiphany of the worst hospital. Just a quick outline of my er visit yesterday. The er staff was more worried about getting free hamburgers when the staff disappeared after announcement of free food. The xray tech was giving my husband a diagnoses on the xray that was supposed to have been taken but suspiciously doesn't show up in his test results when we look on line. Everything else they did showed up. Then they bring in medication already opened up and tries to give it to my husband without any explanation of what it is for just so we can refuse it and insurance gets charged its insurance fraud by the hospital. STAFF WALKING OFF THE FLOOR. TECHS DOING THE DRS JOB OF DIAGNOSIS AND INSURANCE FRAUD. MAYBE A LAWSUIT??
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So sad when someone visits the emergency room in colorado Springs and half way through patients hear over the loudspeaker there are free what a burgers for the er staff and all the employees disappear and I go look for some help and not one employee to be found!! FREE FOOD MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PATIENTS?? And now the xrays that was supposed to be taken of my husband's back are gone. The xray tech told my husband that nothing showed on the xray which is against policy because he is not a doctor. The worst experience at a hospital!!! And to treat a VETERAN they way they did was just shameful!!
I’m proud to announce the 30 finalists for the Mayor’s Young Leader Awards. The program celebrates the outstanding achievements of young professionals who are making a positive impact in Colorado Springs through their professional and volunteer activities. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for these inspiring leaders. I look forward to announcing one winner from each of the six categories on October 27 at the 3E’s Comedy Club. You can see the finalists by viewing the link below:

Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support of young professionals in Colorado Springs, and congratulations to all the businesses that have finalists in this years Mayor’s Young Leader Awards.

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We are grateful! Thank you Penrose-St. Francis Health Services for your continued support of the 14th Annual Be O***y Aware 5k run 3k walk!
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We have been honored to work with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as it expands and renovates its campus over the last several years and were so happy to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the fifth floor of the IMCU-CCU Expansion. This floor added 30 patient rooms for the Intermediate Care Unit bringing the total number of beds to 317. Read more about the expansion here:

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I went to the Penrose St. Francis Emergency Room on Wednesday 10 August 2022 and was treated worse than a Veteranarian treats a sick dog. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. I had to go back that night at 2100 hours because my Foley Catheter that I received earlier that day had failed and I retained 300 ML of fluid in my bladder and I was bleeding onto the ER waiting room floor in pain for 3 hours before I was seen for it again. Simple as that. I told the ER staff what was going on with me and they acted like they did not care. Shame on you. I waited for three hours standing and bleeding onto the floor and was finally seen at midnight. It took the ER staff 6 hours to treat me in the ER examining room. They took out the old catheter and put the same style back into me that failed again. A Medical technician finally put the correct catheter into my bladder and I was disrespectfully pointed to the way out still bloody from the proceedures done upon me. I was given no pain meds until the very last catheter was placed in me. In the ER waiting room there was people walking into the ER with seemingly less important issues as they walked into the ER Examining Unit right in front of me just a few minutes after even arriving at the ER. Also when I was seen in the ER examining room I was disrepectfully asked if I wanted to kill myself and if I felt safe at home. I am a 6'1 man weighing in at 230 pounds and I am being asked if I feel safe at home. Also I went to the ER and I was there on my own for lifesaving treatment and I am being asked if I want to kill myself. Ridiculous condesending disrepectfull teatment. All the time in severe pain bleeding onto the floor and down the halway and in the ER Examining Room.
As St. Francis Hospital’s expansion nears completion, another milestone was achieved as the blessing ceremony for the new Flight for Life helipad took place. In life-saving scenarios, where every minute matters, the rooftop helipad will allow Flight for Life responders to deliver critical patients to the ED utilizing the extended trauma elevators. Learn more about the new Flight for Life helipad here:

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Our St. Francis Medical Center expansion and renovation project team was honored to witness the blessing of the new Flight For Life Colorado helipad! Thank you to this incredible crew for all they do to serve Colorado!

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Interns Jordan Pollart and Kylie Engel and newest staff member Emerging Professional Ben Hearn recently had the opportunity to visit the IMCU-CCU expansion at St. Francis Medical Center. One of the highlights of their trip was the view from the helipad. It’s easy to see why! 🤩 Read more about this important expansion here...

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Will we have a NICU reunion this year?

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility in Colorado Springs. Our Mission
We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.

Our Vision
Every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis and the Sisters of Charity, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services (PSF) is a member of Centura Health, a statewide health care system sponsored jointly by Catholic Health Initiatives and the Adventist Health System. PSF, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado includes Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center and additional outpatient facilities.

Operating as usual

Laser strikes Flight for Life helicopter 12/08/2022

Laser strikes Flight for Life helicopter

We're saddened and frustrated to have to once again ask people not to point lasers at aircraft of any type, including our Flight For Life Colorado helicopters. Our crews are called into action for the most serious, life-threatening emergencies. Any delay or danger posed to them risks not only their safety, but also the lives of the patients they're transporting - patients who could be your family, friends or neighbors.

Laser strikes Flight for Life helicopter A patient was not on board at the time of the incident and none of the crew was hurt.


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Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day — an annual day of giving to strengthen our community. We hope you’ll think of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as you support your favorite causes.

When you donate, you positively impact the health of your neighbors and caregivers, friends and family. One hundred percent of your gift stays right here in Colorado Springs and supports the program of your choice.

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Doctor talks about night in ER after Club Q shooting 12/05/2022

Doctor talks about night in ER after Club Q shooting

“We grew just like Dr. Seuss’ heart. We were able to swell in numbers so that everybody had what they needed,” recounted Dr. Natalie Ayers, Emergency Department physician at Centura Penrose Hospital.

Dr. Ayers took care of patients the night of the Club Q shooting. She recalled watching the skeleton night crew at Penrose quickly grow as more caregivers came in to care for victims of the horrific shooting.

"It was chaotic, as one can expect getting that many patients at once, but we had so many bodies in that emergency department caring for patients in every way they could," Ayres said. "It is probably one of the most lasting memories I have from it, just seeing how everyone came together."

Doctor talks about night in ER after Club Q shooting "It is probably one of the most lasting memories I have from it, just seeing how everyone came together," Dr. Natalie Ayres said.

Photos from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services's post 11/30/2022

Yesterday, Governor Jared Polis gathered first responders and medical personnel from across the city, including caregivers from Centura Penrose and St. Francis hospitals, to say thank you for caring for victims of the shooting. Polis said the incredible response from police, first responders, and health care professionals across Colorado Springs saved lives. Thank you, Gov. Polis, for recognizing our associates and their work during this tragedy for our community.

Another Patron Who Subdued Assailant at Club Q Acted to Save ‘the Family I Found’ 11/28/2022

Another Patron Who Subdued Assailant at Club Q Acted to Save ‘the Family I Found’

In a season of thanks, we are grateful for all those who provided care to the victims of the horrific Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs, including the seven patients who were brought to Centura Penrose Hospital. As neighbors serving neighbors, we were honored to treat Thomas James, whose heroic actions prevented further loss of life. As of today, all seven Club Q patients who were in our care have been discharged. We continue to offer our prayers and support to all the victims, as well as to their families, friends, and every community impacted by this senseless act.

Another Patron Who Subdued Assailant at Club Q Acted to Save ‘the Family I Found’ Thomas James, a Navy petty officer, knocked down the attacker along with an Army veteran.

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Gratitude is the greatest of virtues. It can turn the routines of work into moments of joy. It can change the ordinary opportunity into an extraordinary blessing. Today, it transforms a typical Thursday into a day of giving thanks with our family and friends.

We'd like to take this opportunity to express thanks and gratitude to all of our 21,000 incredible associates across Centura Health. We wish each of them, and you, a Thanksgiving filled with love, grace, and gratitude.

How a Colorado Springs hospital treated victims of the Club Q shooting 11/22/2022

How a Colorado Springs hospital treated victims of the Club Q shooting

We lift up the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families. We pray for them in their loss and in their mourning and grief. We support the survivors who may face a lifetime of recovery. We must stand firmly to fight oppression and injustice. And we honor our caregivers for the compassionate, expert care they continue to provide. Thank you to Dr. Laura Trujillo and all of the incredible team at Centura Penrose Hospital for answering the call, as detailed in this coverage from ABC News.

How a Colorado Springs hospital treated victims of the Club Q shooting A trauma surgeon at Centura Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs tells ABC News what it was like to treat victims of the Club Q shooting.

Timeline photos 11/20/2022

The hospital has received calls from community members looking for loved ones. We are resharing this information from the Colorado Springs Police Department. If you are searching for a loved one who might've been at Club Q Saturday night, you're asked to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000.

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This morning, we awoke with shock to the devastating news that at least five people were killed, and 25 others were wounded in Colorado Springs in what appears to be yet another senseless act of violence. We wait with heavy hearts and sadness while more details continue to emerge from law enforcement officials.

Centura Penrose Hospital and its entire team quickly and adeptly responded to the incident, compassionately, kindly, and lovingly caring for seven patients. We are grateful for the first responders and other health care providers in the Colorado Springs community for their exceptional response to the events.

Thank you to our neighbors and patrons at the nightclub who boldly risked their lives to end the violence.

Timeline photos 11/17/2022

We're a proud sponsor of the Air Force Falcons football team, and we'll be cheering for another victory this weekend against Colorado State University. But can you blame us for still celebrating the Commander in Chief's Trophy captured in the win against Army earlier this month? Go Falcons!


We're proud to share that both Penrose and St. Francis hospitals are two of nine Centura Health hospitals to receive an 'A' rating in the Fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. And there's more ...

We're also two of five Centura hospitals to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group as "Straight A" hospitals for receiving five or more 'A' safety grades in a row.

This commitment to protecting all our patients from preventable harm and error is a testament to the compassion, quality and expertise of our incredible caregivers. We thank each of them for this prestigious recognition.

Photos from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services's post 11/16/2022

“When rockets come from Russia, we get 30 or 40 minutes warning,” says Dr. Yury Bondarenko. “That can mean enough time for the dentist to finish with the patient.”

Dr. Bondarenko is the administrator of Clinica Angelia, a Centura Health-supported clinic in Ukraine that serves the people of Kiev and the surrounding region. Dr. Bondarenko visited Centura leaders and donors this week to share updates about the clinic's work as well as to express his gratitude for the continued financial support.

The clinic recently was able to purchase much-needed medical supplies and vehicles that they converted into mobile health clinics. In June, the clinic bought a new portable ultrasound machine that has detected early signs of cancer in more than 10 patients.

“It is a blessing. Thank you so much,” Dr. Bondarenko told a group of donors during his Centura visit. “If you pray [for us], we will be extremely grateful.”

Centura's Global Health Initiatives (GHI) program plans to continue to help Clinica Angelia in the future with behavioral health support and expertise, including for caregivers who are facing burnout and depression as the war continues.

In spite of the stress, Dr. Bondarenko says caregivers continue to have a determined attitude, and it is his faith in God that has helped him overcome anxiety and depression to keep serving his patients.

Thank you to all the donors who have helped our GHI work in Ukraine and other nations around the world. If you'd like to learn more about the work, visit

Timeline photos 11/13/2022

Few things give us more joy than helping to welcome new babies into the world. We do our best to deliver an amazing experience for moms and their families, so we're thrilled whenever we see our efforts celebrated by others. Congratulations to our caregivers for helping us to be named among the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care in the U.S.!
See the complete list from MONEY and The Leapfrog Group at

Timeline photos 11/11/2022

Today, on Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women – and the families that support them – who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Across Centura Health, more than 700 of our associates have served in one of the five branches of the military. To each of them, and to veterans everywhere, thank you for your selfless service, sacrifice, courage and dedication. Are there veterans you'd like to recognize? Tag and thank them in the comments below.

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Sadly, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. for both men and women - claiming more lives every year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to emphasize the importance of lung cancer screenings and how early detection saves lives. Learn more at


Why should you get a flu shot? Because it makes you less likely to get the flu. If you do get the flu, you're much less likely to get really sick.

Who should get the flu shot? Everyone, and particularly older adults, young children, pregnant women, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

When should you get the flu shot? Right now! Reach out to your health care provider or pharmacy to make an appointment today. Visit us at to find a provider near you.

Thanks to Dr. Matt Mendenhall, a Centura Health emergency medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer at Centura Littleton Adventist Hospital, for sharing this important message!

Photos from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services's post 11/04/2022

The 2022 Komen Colorado MORE THAN PINK Walk was a chance to celebrate, educate and inspire breast cancer survivors and our communities. Thanks to all the Centura Health caregivers who took part in the event and helped to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammograms and monthly self-assessments. We're honored to be part of the breast health journey of so many women in our communities.

Timeline photos 10/31/2022

What a sweet little pumpkin! Congratulations to baby Elynnor and her mom, Kelsey. Elynnor was born this morning at Centura St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, where Kelsey is a teacher. Both mom and baby are doing great.
There's nothing more joyous than welcoming a new life into the world, and we have some of the most capable and compassionate caregivers to help you in your birthing journey.


Coming soon: No. 20! The executive team from Penrose and St. Francis hospitals recently toured St. Francis Hospital – Interquest, the 20th hospital in our ministry. The "Hospital of the Future" will welcome patients in the summer of 2023. Drywall installation and additional finishing touches will take place in the coming weeks and months. We can't wait to share more updates with you!

Timeline photos 10/28/2022

Peyton Manning has long defined excellence on and off the football field. Across Centura, our caregivers define excellence each and every day in all our patient settings. So we couldn’t think of a better person to surprise a group of caregivers today and celebrate the excellence that defines our whole person care. Thanks, Peyton, for your support of Centura and our incredible people. We can’t wait to share some of the Incredible Moments for which our caregivers were recognized!

Therapy dog team helps create program providing pet care for hospital patients 10/26/2022

Therapy dog team helps create program providing pet care for hospital patients

We have amazing volunteers across our health system who give of their time and energy every day. Here's one example of how our volunteers add extra love and compassion to the whole person care we deliver.

Barb O’Dwyer coordinates the therapy dog program at Centura St. Anthony North Hospital, and Mack is her very good boy who serves as one of the therapy dogs. In addition to coordinating St. Anthony North's Paws 4 Patients therapy dog program, Barb created a Paws 4 Paws program with a grant from our foundation. Paws 4 Paws is a partnership with a local animal shelter that provides transportation to and from the shelter as well as three days of pet boarding for patients who have no one else to leave their dogs with while they undergo medical care.

For her tireless work on behalf of others, Barb and Mack were recently featured as Denver7 Everyday Heroes (watch the great video below). Thank you to Barb, Mack, and all our volunteers everywhere across Centura Health. Our hospitals and our communities are better because of you.

Therapy dog team helps create program providing pet care for hospital patients Barb O'Dwyer and Mack helped create Paws 4 Paws, a partnership with Foothills Animal Shelter and the Centura Health Foundation that provides pet care for homeless patients at St. Anthony North.

Photos from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services's post 10/25/2022

"Here is my advice to other breast cancer patients: This is a hard diagnosis. Breast cancer, like any cancer, is the enemy. It does not die when it should. Be aggressive against it. Give yourself grace to do the best you can with the information you have. Our family saw God use our battle in many ways to build up our community. I had to rely on the strength of God because I was weak. However, I saw strength come in different forms and from different sources. Battle on, warriors!"

Jessie’s story is a good reminder about the importance of getting check-ups, even when a lump is considered benign. Jessie had a lump on her right breast that she monitored for more than a decade. She knew something wasn't right when the lump started changing and causing pain. Jessie kept her appointments and trusted the care of Centura breast surgeon Dr. Nicole Choy.

"The lump had gotten more painful and started to change shape. At that appointment, it was apparent to Dr. Choy that we needed to remove the lump and get it diagnosed immediately. I had an excisional biopsy on the top of my right breast the following week. A few days later I received a call with the results: Breast cancer - Stage IIa Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

"Once we went through the tests and quickly gathering as much information as possible, the recommended treatment was a mastectomy (the MRI had shown other possible masses on my breast), chemotherapy and radiation.

"I was blown away by the team effort of all my specialists working together to make sure that I was covered and that we attacked this aggressive cancer. I was only 40, which is young in the cancer world, when I was diagnosed.

"Dr. Choy did my mastectomy and Dr. James Banich did part of the reconstruction at the same time. I had my surgery a few days before Thanksgiving. About a month after that, I started chemotherapy and continued through the COVID-19 shutdown, never missing a treatment!

"I felt like I had the 'right people' from the beginning. Dr. Choy, Navigator Ellie, Dr. Maurice Markus, my oncology PA Caroline Sudbay, Dr. Banich, the nurses, the infusion center nurses, the front desk staff, the on-call nurses ... all worked together to make sure I was covered and my questions were answered. I also utilized the social worker services through the cancer center during radiation because I was concerned with how my kids were doing. I was not the same as I had been. Tanya Portee has been a huge blessing to our family.

Thank you for sharing your cancer journey with us, Jessie. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, please make your breast health a priority. We're here to help:


Mila is a certified addiction specialist and counselor. But first she had to overcome her own struggles with addiction. "Every day was a storm for me," she says. "I felt at war with myself. There is so much shame and so much guilt that comes along with struggling with a substance use disorder. Every day it was, 'Tomorrow I'll stop, tomorrow I'll stop.'" It was Mila's sixth overdose - and a stranger's life-saving intervention with naloxone - that finally led to her recovery.

We're proud to be part of the Colorado Naloxone Project, a collaborative effort to provide this life-saving opioid overdose medication to at-risk members of our communities.

"There is so much we can do," says Dr. Christopher Johnston, an emergency medicine physician for Centura. "By overcoming stigma and by understanding how to intervene in an overdose emergency we are going to save millions of lives in this country."

Learn more at

Timeline photos 10/23/2022

The 2022-23 ski season is officially underway today with the opening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The spinning of the lifts also signifies another winter of Flight For Life Colorado partnering with Colorado mountain resorts, ski patrols, search and rescue agencies and other first responder groups to provide life-saving and emergency care to those in need. As we celebrate our Flight For Life program's 50th anniversary, here's a photo from 1993 of one of our crews giving on-mountain care. Then and now, we're there for you when and where you need us!

Timeline photos 10/20/2022

You often don't see them, but our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play a critical role in the delivery of safe, whole person care. Ensuring accurate and appropriate medications for our patients is just one part of the important job they fulfill each and every day. It's National Pharmacy Week, so please join us in thanking them for their incredible - and often behind-the-scenes - work on behalf of our communities.

Partial fundoplication prevents pulmonary fibrosis & allows woman to be active again | Centura Health 10/20/2022

Partial fundoplication prevents pulmonary fibrosis & allows woman to be active again | Centura Health

Sandy White was active and seemingly healthy. She practiced yoga and had competed in marathons. So why, in her 50s, was she suddenly experiencing a debilitating chronic cough?

“I couldn’t get through a sentence without coughing," she recalls. "I spent my entire day and night coughing – it was exhausting, and I was discouraged. I struggled to even have a phone conversation with my children. I couldn’t take a deep breath without coughing. And during the days of COVID-19 and after, it was hard to leave the house given that coughing was the major symptom of COVID – people would stare.”

Desperate for a solution, Sandy found herself at Centura's Center for Heartburn and Reflux (CHR) at Porter Adventist Hospital. Her experience with CHR and Dr. Ashwin Kurian would be life-changing.

Whether you’re experiencing your first bout of heartburn or you’ve suffered from acid reflux for years without finding a solution, our expert gastroenterologists and GI surgeons can help. Find an expert near you and schedule an appointment at

Partial fundoplication prevents pulmonary fibrosis & allows woman to be active again | Centura Health September 26, 2022 As an active woman in her 50s, Sandy White of Colorado Springs, never thought she would be dealing with a chronic cough. Sandy had trained and competed in marathons, practiced yoga, and enjoyed a healthy, active lifestyle. “Being outside and enjoying the beauty of Colorado was a...

Timeline photos 10/18/2022

The data are sobering - 2021 was the deadliest year on Colorado roads in almost two decades. This statistic helped sharpen the focus of our Centura Health Injury Prevention Team and the work it does around the state. The team is dedicated to improving safety on our roads and highways through outreach, collaboration, and education, which means regular visits to our communities and schools to present evidence-based programs with hands-on and engaging activities, particularly for teen drivers.

We're honored that AAA Colorado recognizes and supports the power of our work. They recently presented our Injury Prevention Team with a $20,000 grant to help continue our teen driving safety initiatives. Learn more about our motor vehicle safety initiatives at

Timeline photos 10/14/2022

Calle Sims had noticed the small lump in her left breast, but a combination of the COVID pandemic and other family issues resulted in her delaying care. It was a trip to the Emergency Department at Centura St. Francis Hospital that eventually led to her breast cancer diagnosis and, ultimately, to her successful treatment. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in hopes her experience might motivate other women to address their breast health, here is Calle’s story.

In September 2021, Calle tested positive for COVID and was admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs with respiratory distress. During her hospital stay, doctors ran additional tests that showed a large, aggressive mass that had ulcerated the skin. “There was not much doubt that it was cancer,” Calle recalls.

While in the hospital, she met with Dr. Nicole Choy, a Centura breast oncology surgeon. Dr. Choy was determined that Calle follow up with her as soon as she got discharged. On October 27, Calle got the call. Her diagnosis was stage 3C triple negative breast cancer. She subsequently received 16 rounds of chemotherapy, beginning on Dec. 6, 2021, and ending on May 11, 2022. Calle is now cancer-free!

“I honestly feel God had me go through the last couple of years to bring me to this exact place. Being hospitalized with COVID saved my life because my breast cancer was finally addressed.”

If you have questions or concerns about your breast health, or if it’s time for your annual screening, please reach out to your health care provider. We can help find a provider near you, including at one of our Centura Breast Care Centers:

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Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery
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Blood Bank Donation Center/Blood Vessel
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Childbirth & Parenting Classes
Colorado Spine Care
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Heart Institute
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Physical Rehabilitation (Inpatient and Outpatient)
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Risk Assessments
Ronald McDonald Family Room
Sleep Disorders Center
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Canine Physical Rehabilitation at Powers Pet Rehab Canine Physical Rehabilitation at Powers Pet Rehab
5886 Tutt Boulevard
Colorado Springs, 80923

Powers Pet Rehab and Alternative Care Center

Broken Wing Veteran & Family Service Broken Wing Veteran & Family Service
Colorado Springs

Teresa Law, MA

Aspen View Veterinary Hospital Aspen View Veterinary Hospital
5925 Constitution Avenue
Colorado Springs, 80915

Call us or stop in with your questions! We would love to hear from you and meet your furry (or scal

Your Postpartum Guide Your Postpartum Guide
Colorado Springs, 80909

Modern Care and Guidance from Newborn to Toddler

Memorial Hospital Foundation Memorial Hospital Foundation
1400 E. Boulder Street , Room 2N2019
Colorado Springs, 80932

The Memorial Hospital Foundation, located in Colorado Springs, CO, builds relationships with contrib

Encompass Health Encompass Health
325 S Parkside Drive
Colorado Springs, 80910

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital is the leading provider of rehabilitation after illness or injury. We are committed to helping you regain independence and achieve your goals.

VCA North Academy Veterinary Hospital VCA North Academy Veterinary Hospital
5875 N Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, 80918

We Care For Your Pet Like They're Part Of Our Family!