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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.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
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.
On Nov. 8, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted a program at the Greenwood Village headquarters of AAA Colorado, Inc. about the economic development impacts of the hemp, marijuana, and CBD industry. It drew a full house of lawyers, CPA’s, insurance and real estate executives, along with state and local government officials.
Peter Marcus, a former political reporter now serving as communications director of Terrapin Care Station (TCS), a ten-year old cannabis company owned solely by Chris Woods, talked about TCS’s evolution as an important business organization whose product happens to be cannabis. The company now operates in Pennsylvania and will soon be in Michigan, New Jersey, and Missouri, in addition to its six vertically-integrated dispensaries in Colorado. TCS has 270 employees and is a member of local chambers of commerce and the Better Business Bureau. It won the Boulder Chamber’s Innovative Business of the Year award in 2017. The company recently announced that it will pay all its employees a minimum of $15/hour. Said Marcus, “We don’t need the government to force us.” TPS prides itself on being socially responsible, having contributed $500,000 to non-profits in the areas of justice, human needs, political advocacy and education, arts and culture, and veteran’s services.
Focusing on the economic impact of the marijuana industry, Marcus said that the 2,900 licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado have generated $6.5 billion in overall sales since 2014. Taxes and fees paid to the state just in 2018 were $266.5 million. Monthly state revenue has been at least $20 million since July 2017.
A law to allow the marijuana industry to openly and legally use banks in the same way as other businesses passed the U.S. House of Representatives 321-103 in Sept. 2019, with the help of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. It is being championed by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in the U.S. Senate, but is presently bogged down by the activity around the possible impeachment of the President. It is believed that about 35 banks in Colorado are currently quietly accepting licensed marijuana businesses’ receipts.
Marcus sees new products coming that contain both THC and CBD “for health and wellness.” He believes that more front range Colorado cities, such as Lakewood and Broomfield, may start to allow marijuana businesses in the next few years. Statewide, 70 cities permit marijuana sales, including Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Englewood, Edgewater, Commerce City, Northglenn, Longmont, Louisville, Sheridan, Mountain View, and Wheat Ridge on the front range.
Chris Lackner, vice-president of public affairs of Mile High Labs (MHL), a company that manufactures CBD (cannabidiol) in a 400,000 square foot building formerly used by a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Broomfield, told the group that CBD comes from the same plant as marijuana. He said there are 113 different cannabinoids, and that CBD and THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) are just two of them. He explained that if a plant has less than 0.3 percent THC, it is considered an industrial hemp plant. If it has more than 0.3 percent THC, it is considered a cannabis plant.
CBD has many known medicinal qualities, including as an anti-
inflammatory, pain reliever, and treatment for insomnia. (Lackner said he was aware of a mattress company that was selling it alongside its mattresses as a sleep aid.) It does not have the intoxicating effect that is found in products with the higher level of THC, though those also possess several recognized medicinal qualities.
Arapahoe County signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) September 27 with the City of Englewood to provide emergency management services which will include hiring an Emergency Management Liaison to serve the city.
“Police Commander Tim Englert and Fire Marshal Laura Herblan served the city well leading emergency management efforts during the 2018 flooding,” said City Manager Shawn Lewis. “As they, and others have noted, the city needs a dedicated staff member focused on emergency management. By partnering with the County’s Office of Emergency Management, Englewood gains access to a wealth of staff, training and systems resources that we would have to pay more for if we created our own division,” he added.
Ashley Cappel, Arapahoe County’s Deputy Emergency Manager, will serve as Englewood’s Liaison during the hiring process for a permanent Emergency Management Liasion.
The Aurora Economic Development Council and NorthPoint Development announced the Stafford Logistics Center located in Aurora and Arapahoe County, Colorado has broken ground during an on-site event. The new 350 acre, $300 million master planned industrial and logistics business park is located at the confluence of I-70, E-470, E. Colfax Ave., and Picadilly Road and is the first of its kind and one of the largest commercial projects with industrial warehouse space in Arapahoe County. When fully occupied, the Stafford Logistics Center is expected to generate more than 2,500 jobs in its 4.4 million square feet of space.
“Stafford Logistics Center is a project that we began working on in the fall of 2018. We’ve witnessed the explosive growth of Aurora and the surrounding Metro area and couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to serve our tenants and customers in the marketplace,” said Jed Momot, NorthPoint Development’s Chief Strategy Officer and Partner. “The park has been master planned to accommodate tenants ranging from small manufacturers up to large e-commerce businesses to serve their customer base on the Front Range. The Stafford Logistics Center will also include opportunities for mixed use, hotel, restaurant, retail, etc. at the north east corner of Picadilly and Colfax.”
A total of 10 buildings are planned, ranging from 200,000 square feet to 1,000,000 square feet in size. NorthPoint Development is planning to deliver building one, a 598,000 square foot industrial cross dock warehouse in Q2 to Q3 2020. The remainder of the park can be redesigned to accommodate current build-to-suit requirements in the marketplace. Mixed use components will bring valuable amenities to the area.
In the future, the property will benefit from a new interchange at I-70 and Picadilly on the east edge. Ancillary development will bring further identity, labor and amenities to the area. With significant enhancements to E-470 including the recent completion of the Stephen D. Hogan Parkway, accessibility in the area is steadily improving.
“Many new businesses are taking advantage of Aurora’s strategic location and the ample land available for big development projects, and we are very pleased to have the Stafford Logistics Center joining us with new investment in Aurora,” said Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare. “This project will bring new businesses, new jobs and significant investment not only to Aurora, but to the entire Front Range.”
The Stafford Logistics Center is NorthPoint Development’s first entry into the Colorado market, bringing significant experience, expertise and connections to other markets and big-name companies including Chewy.com, Home Depot, Amazon, Lowe’s, General Motors, UPS, Jet.com, Continental Tire, Spectrum Brands, and Patagonia.
“This project is a major asset for Aurora, Arapahoe County, and the region and is a significant economic development catalyst,” said Wendy Mitchell, President and CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council. “We greatly value our partnership with NorthPoint Development as an innovative developer that has the foresight to come into a competitive market and work in unison to champion the implementation of valuable infrastructure improvements in the area. They know what they’re doing and have an impeccable track record of driving transformational projects.” Mitchell added, “Aurora has been the clear leader in industrial product development on the front range over the last few years, and eCommerce is the new generation of industrial demand. We’re well positioned to meet the market’s demand and can offer easy accessibility to major transportation corridors and the fifth most connected and busiest international airports in the U.S. plus a concentrated skilled workforce.”
According to research compiled by NorthPoint Development, within a 25-minute drive time radius, 125,000 individuals are available within the targeted labor pool and labor supply exceeds demand to support up to an additional 3,000 workers. With an above average projected population growth over the next five years.
Cushman and Wakefield is the exclusive listing agent for the property.
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