Employees Honored with Daisy, U Make a Difference Awards

Each quarter, UCHealth recognizes employees who go above and beyond on a consistent basis through the U Make a Difference program. U Make a Difference recipients promote UCHealth’s Standards of Excellence and serve as role models for the standards. Each month, in each region, a committee reviews and selects the top U Make a Difference […]

New UCH Leader Plans to Bring Lessons from UPMC West

Less than a month after John Harney’s retirement, University of Colorado Hospital announced that Will Cook will be the hospital’s next president and CEO. Cook, who arrives from UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), will take the helm in September.In a July 24 email announcing Cook’s appointment, University of Colorado Health President and CEO Liz […]

‘Slicer Dicer’ Could Be Next Cutting-edge Tracking Tool

A new Epic tool launched last month at University of Colorado Health aims to help physicians dig through data that defines their patients’ needs. Loads of information about conditions, diagnoses, treatments, demographics and social history lie buried in the Epic electronic health record (EHR), waiting to be tapped. In traditional evidence-based practice, researchers mine the information […]

Who’s Calling? Maybe a Mystery Shopper

It’s a supermarket staple. An individual sidles up innocently to the deli or meat counter at a local grocer and asks for meat or cheese to be sliced just so, or wants to arrange a big order of fried chicken on short notice. However, the shopper is actually a poser testing the customer-service skills of […]

UCHealth to Build New Hospital in Longmont

UCHealth announced plans March 17 to build a new hospital in Longmont. The hospital will have 50 to 75 inpatient beds, an intensive care unit, operating rooms and an emergency department, along with cardiology services and a birth center, according to the press release. “Longmont and Boulder County are growing rapidly, and we’re proud to […]

Memorial’s Celebrating U and Daisy Award Winners Announced

Nurse Debbie Yarra spends her time at HealthLink calling patients who have recently been discharged from Memorial Hospital to ask a few questions, build rapport, and make sure the patients are OK. Yarra, a nurse since 1986, recently called a patient. After asking a few questions, she became extremely uncomfortable with the man’s responses. The patient […]

UCHealth Challenge Changing Lives and Attitudes

The “Live Healthy UCHealth Challenge” is near the end, but three employees who signed on continue their push toward healthier living. The six-week program, which launched Jan. 25 and ends March 6, offered online tools and resources to help employees track their exercise and other activities, diet, sleep patterns, and other measures of healthy living. […]

Perioperative Service’s ‘Slicer’ Honored at Summit

When the leaders of Perioperative Services from each of UCHealth’s regions came together in December 2013 for a Rapid Improvement event, they learned quickly that each region reported data differently. Even definitions of the metrics were different. They needed a new tool to collect data, one that would help drive operational, clinical and strategic decisions […]

Employees’ Request for Leadership Training Heard by UCHealth

Three programs aimed at growing leaders within University of Colorado Health will be offered at all three regions by Organizational Development starting in January. While some of the courses have been offered previously in some locations, Organizational Development has taken the best of those programs and is now offering them to employees across the Front Range. […]

UCHealth Looks to Build a Sustainable System

A now-familiar maxim in the health care industry holds that hospitals and other providers must become more efficient to prosper in a world of rising costs and shrinking resources. Discussions about how to do that frequently focus on workflow, staffing and labor productivity, but University of Colorado Health is showing that an eye toward resource […]