Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Committed to powerful medicine, powerful technology, and the greatest power of all: humankindness. Penrose-St. Francis Medical Center.

Working toward our common goal of healthier communities throughout Colorado, Utah, and Kansas. Francis Health Services is a full-service acute care facility in Colorado Springs which includes Penrose Hospital and St.

02/27/2024

Celebrating the shared healing power within all of us that comes from innate goodness. We call it humankindness.

Always working to ensure we're ready to serve our community, no matter the situation. "Drills like these help us focus o...
02/24/2024

Always working to ensure we're ready to serve our community, no matter the situation. "Drills like these help us focus on three areas: readiness, response, and recovery,” said Sara Baird, Emergency Preparedness Manager at Penrose and St. Francis Hospital. “Our goal is to observe how the Emergency Departments communicate with one another, activate Incident Command, report to Infection Prevention and the Public Health. We appreciate the FBI taking part in this exercise.”

Three Colorado Springs hospitals and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held exercises to increase staff and emergency preparedness in the scenario there's a full-scale bioterrorism event.

02/24/2024

A reflection from Lea Crenshaw. Throughout February we're joining our colleagues across CommonSpirit Health to honor and acknowledge Black Americans and to celebrate the rich, invaluable roles they have played in shaping our great nation.

02/22/2024

Celebrating the shared healing power within all of us. We call it humankindness.

Humankindness is realizing that all beings can benefit from acts of goodwill. Caring for others helps us find a greater ...
02/20/2024

Humankindness is realizing that all beings can benefit from acts of goodwill. Caring for others helps us find a greater purpose in this world.

We're proud to share that CommonSpirit Penrose Hospital has earned re-accreditation from the National Accreditation Prog...
02/19/2024

We're proud to share that CommonSpirit Penrose Hospital has earned re-accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Re**al Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. Currently, Penrose is the only Re**al Cancer Center of Excellence in Colorado.

“We provide the highest quality of care for patients with re**al cancer. We have compassionate physicians and caregivers who are part of multidisciplinary team who walk with patients through every step of the process. This accreditation improves patient’s outcomes and experiences,” said Christopher Taylor, MD, director of the center.

Re**al cancer programs accredited by the NAPRC undergo a site visit every three years and are also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Accreditation by the NAPRC is granted only to those programs that are committed to providing the best possible care to patients with re**al cancer. Learn more about our Cancer Center at https://www.mountain.commonspirit.org/location/penrose-hospital/cancer-center.

02/19/2024

"Because of their courage, we have opportunity. Because of their sacrifice, we can forge ahead more easily." A reflection from Mark Stoddart, our Vice President of Ministry & Workplace Spirituality. Thank you, Mark.

Dr. Marc Doucette has seen it all during two decades as an ER physician in ski country. He shares these tips for helping...
02/18/2024

Dr. Marc Doucette has seen it all during two decades as an ER physician in ski country. He shares these tips for helping your body adjust to higher elevations and reducing the risk of altitude sickess:

↗️ Ascent gradually. Give your body time (a night or two, ideally) to acclimate to the high altitude.

💧 Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine. Before your journey and during your stay at high altitudes, it’s vital to consume ample water, typically around 12 to 16 glasses daily.

🍎+🛌 Eat properly and get your rest. Eating a well-balanced diet can help your body cope with altitude better. When you sleep at higher altitudes, your body naturally adjusts to the lower oxygen levels by increasing the production of red blood cells and improving your overall oxygen-carrying capacity.

More tips from Dr. Doucette, including how to identify the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness: www.mountain.commonspirit.org/story/ski-trip-coming-avoid-altitude-sickness-these-tips

02/17/2024

It always feels good to be on the receiving end of humankindness. Today, on , we thank our partners the Denver Broncos, Miles the Mascot, and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for their random acts of kindness to many of our caregivers in Colorado Springs this week. Humankindness is more than just kindness — it's about sharing empathy, compassion, and connection with others. Spread a little humankindness today and watch how it brings us closer together.

02/17/2024

"It really gives me a sense of purpose and a sense of satisfaction knowing that we helped somebody that day and to get to be there for them and their family." Flight nurse Shauna Owens talks about what humankindness means to her.

Thank you to all who attended the Ash Wednesday service in our Penrose Hospital chapel. May this Lenten season be a time...
02/16/2024

Thank you to all who attended the Ash Wednesday service in our Penrose Hospital chapel. May this Lenten season be a time for reflection, atonement, self-discovery and a renewed opportunity to extend kindness and support to one another.

02/15/2024

"We are not makers of history, we are made by history." For Brandon Okezie, Director of Operations at CommonSpirit St. Anthony North Hospital, this Martin Luther King Jr. quote is particularly powerful as he thinks about . Across CommonSpirit, we are honoring Black History Month by reflecting on and celebrating the rich, invaluable roles Black Americans past, present and future play in shaping our nation's history.

This  , show yourself some love in the form of a preventive screening. Coronary Artery Calcium Screening is a fast, accu...
02/15/2024

This , show yourself some love in the form of a preventive screening. Coronary Artery Calcium Screening is a fast, accurate, non-invasive, and low-cost way to detect heart disease in its earliest stages. Family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes are all factors leading to a good reason to get a heart calcium scoring exam today. Learn more and schedule yours at http://tinyurl.com/3kb3pyes.

📷: Cardiologist Dr. Jad Raffoul

Today is Ash Wednesday, the official start of the 40-day Lenten season. The 40 days of Lent recall the 40-day fast of Je...
02/14/2024

Today is Ash Wednesday, the official start of the 40-day Lenten season. The 40 days of Lent recall the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness after his baptism and Moses’ 40-day fast on Mount Sinai. The season of Lent is an opportunity for spiritual self-improvement, with an increased emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It's also a time to consider how each of us might help others in need by giving of our time or resources.

Humankindness is expressing gratitude. It’s telling our loved ones how they make us feel. It’s making the folks around u...
02/13/2024

Humankindness is expressing gratitude. It’s telling our loved ones how they make us feel. It’s making the folks around us feel important and seen.

This weekend, our Penrose Cancer Center and our partners at the U.S. Air Force Academy teamed up to honor cancer survivo...
02/12/2024

This weekend, our Penrose Cancer Center and our partners at the U.S. Air Force Academy teamed up to honor cancer survivor Cindi Gallagher at the annual "Falcons Fight Cancer" hockey game. Cindi, a lung cancer survivor, was chosen to participate in the game's puck drop ceremony. She was initially diagnosed on Jan. 1, 2023, and underwent a successful surgery a month later to remove all signs of her cancer.

Cindi brought her family and friends to Saturday's game, including her husband of 40 years, John. John graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970 and served our country for 22 years. Cindi credits her recovery to the unwavering support from her "medical team at Penrose Hospital, her family, friends, and most of all, the good Lord." We are so proud of Cindi and have been honored to be part of her care. Thank you, Air Force Falcons, for honoring her!

Thank you to the Denver Broncos for a great season of impactful off-the-field accomplishments together. We're proud to b...
02/12/2024

Thank you to the Denver Broncos for a great season of impactful off-the-field accomplishments together. We're proud to be your partners in tackling some of the most important issues facing our communities.

Empathy is listening heart-to-heart, without judgment, and connecting with another person's feelings. Empathy builds tru...
02/11/2024

Empathy is listening heart-to-heart, without judgment, and connecting with another person's feelings. Empathy builds trust and helps create a connection that makes others feel supported and understood. Empathy is just one of the ways we show Compassion, one of our core values.

Often busy with patients in need of immediate care, Emergency Departments can appear overwhelming to the average person....
02/08/2024

Often busy with patients in need of immediate care, Emergency Departments can appear overwhelming to the average person. Not to Victoria Frazier, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Critical Care and Emergency Services at Penrose Hospital. In fact, she's drawn to our ED for that very reason. "The ER gave me the constant change of pace and patient population that keeps the day exciting," she says. "The fast pace and high acuity are incredibly rewarding."

Victoria has been part of the team since early January. She followed in her mother's nursing footsteps. "I could feel her passion for nursing in every conversation," Victoria says. Nursing has become one of her greatest achievements, in addition to her four daughters, with whom she enjoys kitchen dance parties and living room fashion shows. Victoria, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with our healing ministry!

02/08/2024

You're an inspiration, Dr. Buzad!

02/07/2024

Thank you, Jennaya, for so beautifully expressing what means to you, as well as why it's so important to all of us.

02/06/2024

What is "food insecurity," and why is it so important? We're proud to partner with Denver7 and Food Bank of the Rockies on 7 Days to Help End Hunger, now through Feb. 11. Help us end hunger in our communities: http://tinyurl.com/44rt6btp

Our Safety and Emergency Preparedness Team at Penrose Hospital are so thankful for every first responder in Colorado Spr...
02/05/2024

Our Safety and Emergency Preparedness Team at Penrose Hospital are so thankful for every first responder in Colorado Springs who participated in our recent full-scale, unannounced "Code Black" exercise. The Colorado Springs Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Unit, the Colorado Springs Police Department Bomb Squad, AMR American Medical Response, and the Southern Colorado Healthcare Coalition all played important roles in the exercise. “Drills help us focus on three areas: readiness, response, and recovery," says Sara Baird, Emergency Preparedness Manager at Penrose and St. Francis hospitals. "The simulation allows us to fix problems or issues quickly without compromising patient safety or wellbeing." Our teams look forward to learning from the exercise and building on our commitment to safety for our patients, our employees, and our community.

02/04/2024

Working toward a cancer-free world. .

Today we proudly celebrate National Women Physicians Day to recognize and honor the hundreds of female physicians servin...
02/03/2024

Today we proudly celebrate National Women Physicians Day to recognize and honor the hundreds of female physicians serving our patients and communities at CommonSpirit Health hospitals and care clinics across Colorado, Kansas and Utah. This day also serves as an important reminder of the significant and ongoing contributions of female physicians past and present, and of their trailblazing work fostering future generations of women in medicine.

It's  , an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease in our communities and across the nation. Did you know hea...
02/02/2024

It's , an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease in our communities and across the nation. Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. each year? February's American Heart Month is a great time to talk with your health care provider about your heart health, including any risk factors you may have. Learn more about heart care, and find one of our heart specialists near you, at https://www.mountain.commonspirit.org/care-and-health/heart-and-vascular.

“As we begin Black History Month, we must acknowledge the reality that Black and African American populations in our cou...
02/01/2024

“As we begin Black History Month, we must acknowledge the reality that Black and African American populations in our country face longstanding health disparities. The Black community has higher rates of asthma, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer and chronic kidney disease. They are more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes and maternal complications during pregnancy or birth. It is imperative that we continue to recommit to improving the quality of life and health outcomes for our Black patients and communities.” – Dr. Oswaldo Grenardo, Chief Medical Officer

Learn more about our efforts to advance social justice and achieve health equity at https://www.mountain.commonspirit.org/community-impact/social-justice

01/31/2024

"Humankindness is doing what's right for others and putting their needs before your own. There is humankindness everywhere in this hospital." Well said, Brandi!

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