Tina Lee and Ben Nguyen have opened the doors of their new Luxx luxury nails bar on Arapahoe at Parker 6616 S....
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On Dec.5, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, current chair of the United States Sena...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Denver South Economic Development Partnership (DSEDP) held its holida...
Second hospital in U.S. to achieve TAVR certification HCA Healthcare/Health ONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora...
BY BOB SWEENEYPUBLISHER The second annual CSU “Water in the West” Symposium showcased water and the use of wat...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Every November, Denver South Economic Development Partnership holds its a...
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is excited to announce that five hospitals across Colorado we...
Ocean Prime, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ nationally-acclaimed modern American restaurant and lounge, a...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On Nov. 8, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted a program at...
Arapahoe County signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) September 27 with the City of Englewood to provide...
Tina Lee and Ben Nguyen have opened the doors of their new Luxx luxury nails bar on Arapahoe at Parker 6616 S. Parker Road. The dazzling setting features the latest in technology, equipment and service.
The Nguyens have transformed their Nails Bar into a sleek, modern, facility with wide expanse and the latest in technology and modern chairs and facilities.
Hailing from South Carolina the couple are on duty and have over 20 years of experience the business. The new facility offers all nail services including manicure and pedicure and waxing services. They pride themselves on high sanitation standards and high-quality products.
Special prices prevail during the grand opening weeks. Gift certificates are available for the holidays and walk in our welcome.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On Dec.5, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, current chair of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee, told a roundtable meeting of civic and aerospace industry leaders meeting at the headquarters of rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance in Centennial that Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner “is a leader in supporting the military” and that he had “never seen him vote against anything for the military in the House or in the Senate.”
The meeting of Colorado’s defense community was described as being about the status of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020), the future of U.S. Space Command, and “other defense issues.” It featured presentations by the heads of the Aurora and Colorado Springs Chambers of Commerce, highlighting the reasons why the Air Force bases in their cities should be chosen as the permanent home of the U.S. Space Command, presently housed at Peterson Air Force Base (AFB) in Colorado Springs on a temporary basis.
Space Command’s mission is to “deter aggression and conflict, defend U.S. and allied freedom of action, deliver space combat power for the Joint/Combined force, and develop joint warfighters to advance U.S. and allied interest in, from, and through the space domain.” It is sometimes confused with Space Force, a proposed new independent military branch that is expected to be approved any day. It will be a small (15,000) branch of the U.S. Air Force based in Colorado. Preliminary plans are for military personnel from Buckley AFB in Aurora and both Peterson and Schreiver AFBs in Colorado Springs to be part of it. Kevin Hougen, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber, told the senators and industry executives that Aurora’s Buckley AFB, built in 2000, is the newest AFB, home of the F-16 fighter jet and future home to the F-35. He pointed out that Buckley houses the Air National Guard, the 460th Space Wing of the Global Surveillance & Missile Warning, the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves, and the Air Reserve Personnel Center that supports 1.3 million active, reserve, and Guard members. It is also home to the Aerospace Data Facility, a multi-agency and joint service intelligence facility. Hougen said that Buckley’s 2018 economic impact was $990,647,251 and that it supports 95 tenants, 94,000 U. S. Department of Defense service members, retirees, civilians, contractors, and families.
Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, described the five military installations in the Colorado Springs area. Peterson AFB has the U.S. Air Force Space Command and is the current temporary home of the U.S. Space Command. Schriever AFB houses the control systems for all GPS satellites. Cheyenne Mountain is the home of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command). The U.S. Air Force Academy has 4,000 cadets and another 4,000 staff, along with cybersecurity operations, and Fort Carson is the home of the U.S. Army’s only space brigade. Draper said that the combined economic
impact of the four facilities, excluding Cheyenne Mountain (not disclosed; likely classified) is $5.587 billion.
Inhofe listened attentively to the presentations, then turned to the NDAA, adding a political angle to the conversation. He said, “Under Obama, we had some real hits to the military. Most of our modernization programs were on life support. All that has changed. We’ve reversed the crisis. After this (NDAA) goes through, we’ll be ahead. Between 2010 and 2015 we had a 25 percent drop. While we were going down 25 percent China increased by 83 percent.”
He said that Republican senators in Arizona, Iowa, and Maine, in addition to Colorado, “are an endangered species” and that they are “being attacked with unlimited resources.” He made it clear that he believes Colorado’s Republican senator is important to his efforts to keep the military strong.
In response to a question, Inhofe said, “People need to be aware of the threat America is facing today from China and Russia. We’ve got the right leadership right now.” Gardner said he was happy to have Imhofe in Colorado and that he believed our state had a good chance of getting U.S. Space Command here permanently.
Morning Consult, which surveys over 5,000 registered voters daily, reported that, in the third quarter, Gardner had the second-lowest approval rating of all 53 Republican senators, with just 36 percent of Colorado voters approving of his job performance, 39 percent disapproving, and 25 percent saying they didn’t know.
The Denver South Economic Development Partnership (DSEDP) held its holiday party for 200 people on Dec. 5 in soon-to-be-finished raw space at the new LEED gold certified 5050 DTC building located at 5050 S. Syracuse Street in Denver. The modern striking structure has “floor-to-ceiling glass, natural light that fills every office and core space, and breathtaking views.” An open bar and delicious food provided by Serendipity Catering of Lakewood was enjoyed by all.
HCA Healthcare/Health ONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced the achievement of Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College (ACC). The ACC has validated the program’s exceptional approach, including physician leadership, quality outcomes and team based clinical decision-making and care. TMCA’s TAVR program is the first in Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region, and the second in the nation, to achieve this official Certification.
The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve therapies. The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification are currently implementing best practices for evidence-based medicine to support patient-centered decision-making and can track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement. “The Medical Center of Aurora has demonstrated its commitment to providing the region with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award The Medical Center of Aurora with Transcatheter Valve Certification.”
Using a patient-centric philosophy, the multidisciplinary team of board certified cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac imaging specialist, and specialized advanced practice providers, employ a collaborative team-based approach to treating heart valve disorders. Our unique process provides a patient with heart valve disorders, who may be candidates for transcatheter or surgical repair or replacement, to be seen in the TMCA Valve and Structural Heart Clinic, where a personal touch is delivered by a dedicated team to help navigate the procedural process and post procedural care. TMCA’s physicians are trained to use state-of-the-art techniques and devices, such as a Cerebral Protection System, to minimize the risk of stroke, along with advanced diagnostic cardiac imaging to ensure patients receive the best possible care for their condition.
“I’m very proud of our team for this exceptional accomplishment,” said Dr. Jonathan Sherman, an interventional cardiologist with Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates and Medical Director of TMCA’s TAVR Program. “It’s no easy task to get through the ACC’s certification process,” he said. “Our team is dedicated to providing world class cardiovascular care and we have integrated quality initiatives, evidence-based and clinical best-practices, and the latest medical guidelines into our care processes.”
“Our team is very focused on outcomes and continually improving the care we provide,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “This is another step in our ongoing effort to optimize the care and outcomes of patients as we strive to be the Rocky Mountain region’s leader in cardiovascular services.”
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like The Medical Center of Aurora access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including transcatheter valve therapies.
To learn more about TMCA’s heart programs, visit www.AuroraMed.com/heart.
BY BOB SWEENEYPUBLISHER
The second annual CSU “Water in the West” Symposium showcased water and the use of water at the sparkling new Gaylord Hotel Convention Center in Aurora.
Over 400 water stakeholders attended the sold-out event with 35 speakers from agriculture, government, and business. CSU has taken the lead in Colorado water education and is working with the National Western Center project in North Denver. The new campus will offer the CSU Water Building, one of the three buildings that make up the future CSU campus at the National Western Center. The new campus is expected to break ground in 2020 and open in 2022 and will include an animal health building and centers focused on food and agriculture. Each building will provide collaborative research and incubation spaces, and family friendly educational opportunities on themes of health, environment, energy, water and food.
This year’s symposium featured 35 speakers headlined by former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, an advisor to CSU on the new National Western Center.
Also partnering with CSU is the Denver Water headed by CEO Manager Jim Lochhead who ramrods the largest water agency in Colorado with 1100 employees that includes 4000 miles of watershed, and 3000 miles of pipe. The Denver Water is responsible for suppling water to 25 percent of the state population of over 1.4 million people along the front range of Colorado. The Denver Water board has been supplying the metro area with water for over 100 years and has developed a vast system of water storage across the state.
According to Becky Mitchell, Director of Colorado Water Conservation Board, they will partner with CSU to help develop four pillars that will include education, innovation, research and policy. Plans are to locate some of their water labs for applied research, water treatment, reuse, and recycling to the new campus.
Lochhead, in addition to heading up Denver Water is a Commissioner to the Upper Colorado Commission that deals with intrastate and interstate issues.
In his address symposium he related that the Colorado Water Plan came out in 2015, and since then significant progress has been made with more than 65% of the plan’s goals in scenario planning.
Lochhead states, “ We looked at how future conditions under various scenarios could impact how we plan our water future. This is especially important as we face a changing climate, and we will need to adapt.”
He also addressed the potential of “Demand Management” that deals with consumptive use of the Colorado river and downstream demands from lower Basin States. “This potential work is in progress and helps the state avoid the destabilizing impacts of a potential curtailment on the Colorado River,” he explained. Further, he outlined that the criteria for coordinated operation of Lakes Powell and Mead will expire in 2026. The Secretary of The. Interior must initiate consultation with the seven Colorado River Basin states to renegotiate these guidelines by December 31, 2020.
Lochhead concluded his remarks thanking the voters of Colorado for passing DD that takes a percentage of sport wagering to support water projects such as streamflow, agriculture, storage, recreation, and compact compliance innovations.
Every November, Denver South Economic Development Partnership holds its annual luncheon, where hundreds of business and government leaders get together to network and listen to a cutting-edge speaker. On November 8, over 300 people gathered at the recently remodeled Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at 7800 E. Tufts Avenue in Denver to hear global tech leader Bill McDermott talk about his life, overcoming adversity, and how he created and continues to sustain his undeniable success.
McDermott, 58, was the co-CEO and then the CEO of SAP SE, a German multinational corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations, from 2011 until just last month, during which time its market value increased from $39 billion to $156 billion. SAP SE has over 425,000 customers in 180 different countries around the world. McDermott is the only American to ever serve as its CEO. On October 31, three weeks after stepping down as CEO of SAP SE, McDermott was announced as the new CEO of Service Now, a cloud computing company that is earlier in its growth cycle.
A highly polished and engaging speaker, McDermott talked about the beginning of his business career, when he bought a delicatessen on Long Island for $7,000 at the age of 16. He described learning that to be successful in business, he had to focus on his customers’ needs. When he discovered that senior citizens didn’t like to go out, he began delivering food to them. When he discovered that blue-collar workers in his area lived paycheck-to-paycheck, he extended them credit. He treated teenagers with respect that they didn’t always get from other businesses. McDermott found that customers appreciated his addressing their specific needs and they repaid him with loyalty and recommendations to others to patronize his business. Soon he owned a chain of delicatessens.
In every job he has had throughout his life, McDermott used the same philosophy to succeed, focusing on what matters to customers. He urged the people at the luncheon to “lose the PowerPoint,” and “be a part of the real world, read the room.” According to McDermott, the key to success in business is the willingness to relate to customers on a human level.
McDermott also shared about having a freak accident in 2015, when he fell down face first as he was walking down a set of stairs carrying a glass of water while visiting his brother. A shard of broken glass went into his eye, which he eventually lost, along with a life-threatening amount of blood. Two months later he was back at the helm of SAP SE. He now wears dark glasses to cover his prosthetic eye.
McDermott said that global business leaders “are all talking about the digital economy and how digital transformation is going to improve every aspect of life.” One area he is focused on is using digital technology to efficiently match workers’ skills with available jobs. Another area he talked about that is already functioning but has much broader potential application is using digital technology to improve traffic management. He explained the use of digital technology this way: “Anything that can have a sensor put on it will create a large amount of usable data.” He brought that back to his customer-centered philosophy of business, saying, “Get data on what is and isn’t pleasing to people.”
McDermott left the crowd with this advice: “Treat every employee like they’re your best customer. It’s a talent war.”
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is excited to announce that five hospitals across Colorado were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Centura Health’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
The Hospitals which received an ‘A’ rating include:
“Our incredible caregivers at Centura Health focus on delivering excellent clinical outcomes every day, and creating an environment of continuous learning. With safety at the forefront of all we do, Centura’s care providers deliver health care in a different way – compassionate, top-quality, and safety focused.”
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Ocean Prime, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ nationally-acclaimed modern American restaurant and lounge, announces the promotion of Ryan Finnegan to Executive Chef of its Denver Tech Center (DTC) location, which will celebrate its one year anniversary mid-November.
“Ryan’s promotion from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef is extremely well-deserved,” says Aaron Wesley, General Manager of Ocean Prime DTC. “With his depth of experience and passion for people, I firmly believe that he will soon be one of the most celebrated chefs in South Metro Denver.”
Finnegan brings more than 18 years of industry experience to the team. He worked in a variety of restaurants starting at a young age and quickly became interested in cooking and hospitality, eventually deciding to make a career of it. He and his wife moved to Denver several years ago, and he spent time working at a prominent local steakhouse before joining the team as Executive Sous Chef of Ocean Prime DTC.
“When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to join the Ocean Prime team,” says Finnegan. “The company’s people-first culture creates a unique atmosphere where quality permeates everything we do, especially the food we create from scratch every day.”
With his passion for the finest ingredients and attention to detail, Finnegan’s philosophy in the kitchen is sure to resonate with Ocean Prime DTC’s growing clientele, and anyone who appreciates a first-class culinary experience.
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