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  • PeakYour guide to healthy living in the Pikes Peak regionLiving

    Summer 2013

    VOLuNTeer: Follow a 90-year-olds example

    SIGN uP: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more

    eXPLOre: Red Rock Canyon COOK: Deliciousand

    healthypeach cobbler

    Good News on Lung CancerOur doctors pioneering use of CT scans aims to find cancer sooner and save lives

    Great Care Gets BetterIntroducing electronic medical records, shorter waits in the er and more

  • Peak LivingBrian Newsome Director, Marketing, Communications, Public and Media RelationsErin EmeryEditor, Communications and Marketing

    Travis GreerArt DirectorAnslee Wolfe Cover Art

    Peak Living is published four times annually by Diablo Custom Publishing 2520 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

    The material in Peak Living is not intended for diagnosing or prescribing. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

    For permission to reprint any portion of this magazine, call 719-365-5235. If you wish to be removed from the mailing list, please tear off the shipping label and mail to Memorial Hospital, Communications and Marketing Department, 1400 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

    The Future Is Now

    What a difference a year makes.This time last year, election

    signs lined roadways and dotted front yards across Colorado Springs. At issue was a ballot measure that would authorize the city to lease Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Health. It was a moment in which a proud past was confronted with an excit-ing, bold future.

    Much has happened since that Aug. 28 vote, in which citizens overwhelmingly approved the pro-posal by a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent. UCHealth has invested

    in new equipment, infrastructure and people to help us not only preserve our success, but to take it to an entirely new level.

    Physicians such as Dr. Matthew Blum, featured in this issue, are partnering with us in this shared vision of excellence. Our electronic medical record system will make your care feel more like your cus-tomer experience when you shop online. And, in everything, our hos-pitals up and down the Front Range are collaborating to bring higher quality and more expertise.

    Were also working to be a better community partner. Memo-rial is the Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs United States Olympic Training Center. Were the

    Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and Colorado College Athletics.

    Well be looking back on many more accomplishments in the year to come. But until then, thank you, Colorado Springs, for making our future bright.

    Mike ScialdoneCEO, Memorial Hospital

    Letter from the Ceo

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    By T h e N u m B e r s

    An American has a stroke every 40 seconds. Death from stroke occurs every four minutes. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans.

    Memorial Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, a certification awarded to hospitals that demonstrate a standard of care for stroke. Memorials sister hospital, University Hospital in Aurora, was designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Only 27 hospitals nationally have this designation. Sources:,


    Anyone of any age, sex or race can have a stroke. Find out if you are at risk. Scan the QR code, or go to for a free, confidential, online assessment.

    Number of strokes that occur in the U.S. each year

    A university research study showed significant bacteria levels in consumers randomly sampled, reusable grocery bags. Bacteria found in the bags included E. coli and other organisms that may create serious health risks, especially for young children. Washing reusable bags regularly decreases bacteria levels by 99.9 percent, researchers say. To further decrease potential contamination, designate separate bags for meats. Do not put vegetables in the meat bags. Storing bags in the trunk of the car in warm weather can increase germ growth tenfold.Sources: University of Arizona, Loma Linda University

    97 ... Percentage of shoppers who seldom, or never, wash reusable grocery bags

    7 Less than seven hours of sleep may cause issues with memory and thinking ability. Chronic loss of sleep may result in a cumulative decline in mental func-tions. A sleep-deprived person is often unaware of cognitive changes.

    Increased forgetfulness among many older adults may be related to a decreased ability to attain adequate sleep. The immune system releases pro-teins during sleep. This helps the body fight infections, reduce stress

    and decrease inflammation. Studies suggest a correlation between inadequate sleep and weight gain.Sources: Mayo Clinic, American Psychological Association

    ... Minimum hours of sleep most adults need each night for optimum mental and physical well-being

  • In Colorado Springs, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited only one hospitalMemorial Hospi-talin radiation oncology services.Accreditation by the ACR means that Memorial has met

    the highest level of quality and patient safety standards set by ACR in the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancers and/or relieve a cancer patients pain. Currently, we are the only accredited facility in Colorado Springs, and we are only the second in the state to achieve this accredita-tion, and the first in the University of Colorado Health family to reach this milestone, says Sloan Maes, director of the Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital.

    The three-year accreditation came after an exhaustive review by the ACR, the nations oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites and 25 years of accreditation experi-ence. They look at the program as a whole and evalu-ate everything from billing practices to whether the care provided is of the highest quality for patients, says Daniel Lenard, manager of radiation oncology services at Memorial.

    The ACR seal of accreditation is important because it provides a level of reassurance for patients. It lets patients know that the care that they are receiving is safe, appropri-ate and high quality, Maes emphasizes. Since a diagnosis of cancer is often life-changing, it is important for patients and their loved ones to have reassurance that they are in good hands.

    Memorial Hospital is part of University of Colorado Health, which includes University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System. Earlier this year, the Univer-sity of Colorado Cancer Center joined an elite group of academic medical institutions dedicated to establishing standards for high-quality cancer care when it was named a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The NCCN has 23 members and was formed in 1995 to review the state of cancer care in the United States and determine the highest standards of care based on the best scientific evidence.

    Quality Care for Cancer PatientsWere the citys only hospital to earn top accreditation in radiation oncology

    For You: For more information about Memorials cancer treatment programs, please call 719-365-5800.

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  • Colorados Red Rock CanyonA great place to take in the sceneryand get in good shape

    Have Favorite Hikes?To trade tips on our Facebook page, scan the QR code with your smartphone.

    More Tips and Useful Info on Red Rock Canyon Open Space Open from dawn to dusk, seven days

    a week. Wheelchair-accessible picnic sites. Portable toilets in parking area. No conces-

    sions or drinking water. More than 13 miles of easy-to-advanced

    unpaved trails. Dogs, bikes, and horses allowed on most

    trails. Dogs must be leashed except in desig-nated off-leash loops.

    Technical climbing allowed in groups of two or more, with proper equipment, on estab-lished climbing routes. Climbers must register at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Climbing higher than 10 feet without equip-ment is not allowed.

    From Interstate 25, go west on U.S. Highway 24, turn left onto Ridge Road, continue on Ridge Road to the parking areas.

    Source: City of Colorado Springs

    Colorado offers some of the worlds most spectacular options for cranking up adrenaline, breaking a sweat and communing with nature. In the Pikes Peak region, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a mecca for all of the above.

    Located on Colorado Springs west side, the 787-acre park is sometimes called Colorados secret Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon is lined with erosion-sculpted ridges and canyons that are similar to the rock formations found in the world-famous Garden of the Gods Park.

    Red Rock Canyon is a family-friendly area, with picnic tables, miles of trails, about 80 technical rock-climbing routes and two scenic lakes. Specialty trails include a contemplative walking path, a history-themed trail, two off-leash dog loops and a bicycle skills course (helmet required).

    This pet-friendly destination is open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and tranquil meditation. The property was once home to Native Americans, early settlers, stone quarries and an ore mill. It now preserves the rich history, geology, plants and wildlife of the Pikes Peak region. It also provides visitors a chance to relax, exercise, socialize and have a great time.

    Never underestimate, of course, the health benefits of all the fun-filled physical activity: Exercise is one of the key factors for good health. It makes your heart, muscles and bones stronger, and helps lower body fat. Getting physical has m