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2222 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

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Bloom Classes and Events

Bloom magazine is your go to source for educational classes, seminars and support groups taught by Penrose-St. Francis medical experts. Browse and register for our Bloom Fall 2018 Calendar of Events.

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  • bloomKids

    bloomKids is a quarterly, printed and online parenting newsletter from CHPG Pediatrics NorthCare. bloomKids provides parents with reliable, tot-to-teen health information from Colorado Springs pediatricians and other local medical and nutritional experts. Find our latest issue and health resources

  • bloom Women's Health Magazine

    bloom, a 12-page, women's health and wellness magazine, is published quarterly by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. bloom will keep you informed of local women's health care, stories and classes to help you live well. To read on your phone, search your app store for issuu.

    bloom Fall

    In this issue:   

    Fight the Flu 
    Incontinence Solutions 
    Caring for Aging Parents 
    Three Essential Tests for a Healthy Heart

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  • M.A.X Men's Health Guide

    MAX Spring 2018

    M.A.X. is a free guide to men’s health in Colorado Springs. Published by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, M.A.X. strives to help men ages 40+ with health issues and concerns as they age by offering health tips, the latest information in medical technology and advice from local medical professionals. 

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Support Programs

  • Women's Boutique

    Penrose Pavilion (located on the Penrose Hospital campus) 
    2312 North Nevada Avenue, 2nd floor 
    Colorado Springs, CO  80907

    Phone: 719-776-8333

    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

    Specialty gifts for all the women in your life. 

    At the Mother • Daughter • Sister • Friend boutique, we believe a woman deserves a little treat now and then. Whether she's had a stressful day, is celebrating a job well done or is encouraging a friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, sometimes the smallest things can brighten her day.

    Our boutique's unique gifts pamper, indulge, comfort, surprise, encourage, reward, nurture, embrace and celebrate all the women in your life.  

    Our gifts include:

    • Unique jewelry 
    • Soft jackets and yoga wear by prAna® and Janska® 
    • Crèmes, perfumes, and lip balms by Tokyo Milk™ and Love & Toast™ 
    • Comfy pajamas including wicking pajamas 
    • Aromatic candles 
    • Soft, plush blankets 
    • Stylish scarves and accessories 
    • Inspirational gifts 
    • Gourmet chocolates and teas 
    • Books and one-of-a kind gift cards 

    And when life brings the unexpected, such as a cancer diagnosis, we offer a variety of products and services to help women through treatment, recovery and survival:

    • Lymphedema garments 
    • Juzo compression garments 
    • Post-operative breast surgery bras and clothing 
    • Chemo head wraps and scarves 
    • Soft, comfortable jackets, pajamas, and spa socks 
    • Skin care products designed especially for cancer patients 
    • Inspirational cards, books and gifts 
    • Fun lines of breast cancer and women's heart health awareness t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry and accessories 
    • Referrals to local resources for wigs, breast prostheses, support groups and seminars 

    Customized gift baskets starting at $25 and gift certificates for any amount are available. We can deliver to patient rooms at Penrose Hospital. 

  • Ronald McDonald Family Room

    The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a refuge within the hospital for immediate family members who have a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Pediatric Care Unit. The family room provides a place to rest, relax and recharge from the environment of the hospital while allowing parents to remain near their child.

    The family room provides homelike amenities including:

    • Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, fresh coffee and sweet treats provided by family room supporters
    • Bathroom with shower, linens, shampoo, soap and other toiletries for those who can not make the trip home to shower  
    • Washer, dryer, detergent and a pair of scrubs for those who may not have a fresh change of clothes
    • Dining areas for families to enjoy a meal together or quick snack
    • Living room area with comfortable seating and a flat screen TV
    • Computer workstations so family members can conduct research on their child's condition, keep in touch with family and friends or connect with the workplace
    • Children's play area with books, toys and DVDs
    • Two rooming-in bedrooms

    Operating Hours: 

    The Ronald McDonald Family Room is open daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm as long as there is a family room-trained volunteer present.

    How You Can Help 

    Your tax-deductible donation helps thousands of families each year through the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room. To make a donation visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado website or call 719-471-1814. 

    Volunteers are needed everyday in order to keep the family room open. For more information on volunteering or to obtain a volunteer application form, contact the Ronald McDonald Family Room Coordinator at 719-243-3574.

    Our Mission 
    The mission of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Francis Medical Center is to provide a refuge within the hospital for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized in the NICU and Pediatric Care Unit.

    Our Vision 
    Our vision is to give a loving welcome to families, to find understanding through caring for others and to bring families together through a sanctuary of nurturing for the body, mind, and spirit.  

Blood Donation

  • Giving Blood

    Did you know approximately one out of every seven people entering the hospital needs blood? And, one donation has the potential to save as many as three lives? We invite you to give the gift of life at the only hospital-based blood donation center in Colorado Springs. Your blood is used locally to help community members in need.

    Every time you give, you are saving a life.

    Why donating is important for our community?
    When you donate blood with Penrose-St Francis Blood Bank, you are helping your friends, neighbors and family. All the blood collected by Penrose-St Francis stays right here in Southern Colorado. Each year more than 12,000 units of blood are needed to help those who have lost blood due to an accident, surgery or illness.

    We need approximately 170 -20 units of blood each week, every week to meet the needs of patients in El Paso County. Blood cannot be manufactured, duplicated or reproduced outside the human body. It can only be obtained from donors! And it only lasts 42 days.

    You can go to a blood drive in your area to give. Check our social media pages or go to our website for a calendar of drives in Colorado Springs, Falcon, Monument, Woodland Park, Canon City and our newest drive in Larkspur.

    You can also donate at the blood bank at Penrose Hospital, 2222 N Nevada Ave. There is valet parking to make your trip fast and easy. The blood bank is open Monday through Friday with various times to accommodate your schedule. Call 719-776-5822 to schedule an appointment.

    Who can schedule a blood drive?
    Businesses, services clubs, shopping centers, and community events are great places for blood drives with the Penrose-St Francis Blood Vessel Bus.
    Employees of companies hosting worksite blood drives say they appreciate the opportunity to donate blood at work and view it as a benefit from their employer.

    By hosting a blood drive, you:

    • Make it convenient for your employees or members to perform a life-saving community service
    • Give employees another reason to be proud of the company they work for
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the health of your community
    • Become a model for other organizations.

    Call the Blood Bank at 719-776-5714 to find out more about sponsoring a blood drive for your company or organization.

    The Blood Vessel is a specially equipped, 38-foot, climate-controlled motor coach with:

    • Two private rooms for confidential donor interviews
    • Four reclining donation chairs
    • Comfortable recovery and waiting areas
    • No electrical hook-up needed

    Our donor bus allows us go almost anywhere to reach people who want to give blood. Call to confirm locations, dates and times.

    Giving blood is an easy 4-step process

    1. Registration: You will be asked to provide basic information about yourself such as your name, address and age. You will then be instructed to read or review important donor information. 
    2. Medical History Interview: After answering a series of personal questions about your medical history, a blood bank professional will escort you into a private interview area.There you will be asked additional confidential questions and your medical history assessed for donation eligibility.
    3. Mini Physical and Blood Donation: A drop of blood will be taken from your finger and analyzed for red blood cell concentration. This process will assure blood bank staff that your red blood cell count is adequate for you to donate. Your blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate are taken. After all requirements are met, a phlebotomist will cleanse and sterilize an area of your arm. A sterile needle is then inserted in your arm to collect the blood. The collection process will take about 5-10 minutes. 
    4. Refreshments: After the donation is completed, you will relax and enjoy juice and tasty snacks. This recovery time will aid your body in replacing the volume you lost during the donation.

    Appointment hours:

    • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Tuesday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 
    • Wednesday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 
    • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
    • Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Walk-in hours:

    • Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank

    To donate blood, see the blood drive calendar, contact the blood bank or visit our donor center.

    Penrose Hospital 
    2222 N. Nevada Ave. 
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907

    Hosting a Blood Drive

    To meet our community's blood needs, the Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank works in partnership with area businesses, schools, and churches. Together, we strive to recruit the best source of blood that exists - healthy donors who care and want to help. These partnerships are vital for an adequate blood supply in our community, accounting for nearly half of all the blood collected by our hospital.

    If your organization is interested in hosting a blood drive, contact us for more information.

    Phone: 719-776-5714

  • Donor & Medical Requirements

    In general, donors must:

    • be in good health
    • weigh at least 110 pounds
    • be symptom free of cold or flu
    • be 18 years of age (if 16 or 17-years-old, may donate with written parental consent). There is no upper age limit.

    Many medications are acceptable for blood donations including those for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. If you were deferred in the past from donating blood, please try again. Most deferrals are temporary and deferral restrictions may change. Please call the blood bank if you have questions about your eligibility to donate blood.

    Medical Requirements 

    Below is an alphabetical listing of general eligibility and deferral requirements.

    Donor acceptable, even when taking antihistamines.

    Allergy Injections
    Donor deferred for 6 hours.

    Antibiotics for infection
    Donor deferred for 48 hours after completion of medication and symptom free. Antibiotics for acne are acceptable at any time.

    Donor acceptable if free of symptoms and on normal medications.  If symptomatic or on steroids consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Donor deferred permanently if malignant melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma, or Hodgkin's disease. Donor acceptable if cancer was a localized skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma), a carcinoma-in-situ of the cervix or breast, or a papillary thyroid carcinoma if the cancer has been completely excised and is healed. Donor is acceptable for other cancers if in remission for at least 5 years.

    Donor acceptable if free of symptoms for 7 days.

    Dental Procedure
    Donor accepted if simple cleaning or routine dental work. Defer 2 weeks after wisdom tooth extraction, oral surgery or root canal.  Dental implants donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Diabetes Mellitus (Type I or Type II)
    Acceptable if oral medication or insulin dosage is controlled and stable. Donor must have eaten a meal since their last dose of medication.

    Diabetes Insipidus
    Permanent deferral.

    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Ear or Body Piercing
    Donor accepted if procedure is done with sterile, single use equipment. Otherwise, deferred for twelve (12) months.

    Donor accepted only if free of convulsions for five (5) years.

    Flu Shots
    Acceptable if feeling well and healthy.

    Heart Condition
    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Donors with a history of hepatitis or yellow jaundice are permanently deferred. Donors are deferred for twelve (12) months after close, physical contact or living in same household with someone having hepatitis.

    High Blood Pressure
    Donor accepted if taking blood pressure medication and blood pressure at time of donation falls within established guidelines.

    Donor with history of malaria is accepted if symptom-free for three (3) years.

    Medications frequently taken by healthy individuals such as aspirin, hormone pills, diet pills, birth control pills, antihistamines, thyroid, and high blood pressure are usually acceptable.

    Donor is acceptable after full recovery, and off meds, unless complicated by liver involvement.  Check with blood bank staff for deferral details.

    Donor deferred six (6) weeks after delivery, miscarriage or abortion, unless there were complications or a C-section, then donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Stomach Ulcer
    Acceptable if feeling well and healthy.

    Donor must consult with Blood Bank for acceptability requirements.

    Donor deferred for 12 months after receiving a tattoo. (Effective Jan 1, 2018 Tattoos received in Colorado and 38 other states will be acceptable for blood donation)

    Donor deferred for one year after receiving transfusion of blood or blood products.

    Venereal Disease
    For gonorrhea or syphilis, donor is deferred for 12 months after diagnosis and treatment. Genital Herpes: no deferral.

    The following high risk behaviors are permanently deferred from blood donation: 

    • Anyone who has had sexual contact with anyone who has HIV/AIDS or has had a positive test for the HIV/AIDS virus
    • Anyone who has had sexual contact with a prostitute or anyone else who takes money or drugs or other payment for sex
    • Anyone who has had sexual contact with anyone who has ever used needles to take drugs or steroids, or anything not prescribed by their doctor

    The following high risk behaviors are deferred for 12 months from last contact.

    • Any male who has had sexual contact with another male
    • Any female who had had sexual contact with a male who had sexual contact with another male in the past 12 months

    Inmates of a correctional institution, jail, or prison for more than 72 hours are deferred for 1 year.

    Apheresis donors must not take any aspirin or products containing aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications for 48 hours prior to their apheresis donation. These medications take away the "stickiness" of platelets causing them to lose their ability to adhere properly when needed to stop bleeding.

  • Donating Platelets

    Platelet donations or Apheresis (a-fur-ee-sis) is derived from a Greek word meaning to "take away". This process consists of drawing blood, taking it "for a spin" in a cell separator, or centrifuge, to separate the red blood cells from other much needed components such as platelets or white cells. The platelets are then drawn up into a collection bag, while the remaining components are returned to the donor. 

    Apheresis donors are special people. Their compassion for others and willingness to help is evident in the sacrifices they make. If you are 18 years or older (if 16 or 17-years-old, may donate with written parental consent), in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have good veins and are willing to share approximately 2 hours of your time, you may be eligible to donate apheresis. If you already donate blood, you know how it feels to be a lifesaver. Donating platelets is another important way to help save a life. 

    Platelets are colorless blood cells whose main function is to control bleeding by helping to form wound-healing blood clots. They are a body's first step in the clotting process and they help fight infection. Cancer patients often need apheresis platelets to recover after chemotherapy treatments. Surgical patients and burn victims also use platelets in their recovery and can require as many as 20 units of platelets just to survive. 

    Because your body is constantly replacing platelets and white blood cells, you may donate apheresis once every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. Pre-donation samples are drawn for routine testing and to evaluate the donor's platelet count, white blood cell count and the percentage of red cells present in your blood. Platelet values assist in determining the amount of platelets to be drawn over an expected amount of time.

    Apheresis donations have developed in the last 20 years with the donor's comfort in mind. During the donation you can watch TV, see a favorite movie, catch up on your reading, or just sit back and relax. Although this time commitment may be costly for the donor, please remember that there is no gift more precious than one that gives life.

    After you donate, you should feel perfectly fine. Because you lose only 1/8th of a cup of red blood cells, you should not feel tired or lightheaded. Your platelets are rapidly replaced within 24 hours.

    Apheresis donors must not take any aspirin or products containing aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications for 48 hours prior to their apheresis donation. These medications take away the "stickiness" of platelets causing them to lose their ability to adhere properly when needed to stop bleeding.

    Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank uses 100% apheresis platelets for our patients. Due to this and an increase in eligibility restrictions, additional volunteer donors are needed now more than ever before.

    Platelets carry an expiration date of only 5 days, a three or four day holiday weekend can totally disrupt the availability of platelets nationwide.

  • Donating for Your Surgery

    Has your physician requested that you donate blood for your upcoming surgery? This process is known as Autologous Donation. Your donations may be made at Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank, even if your surgery is at a different facility. 

    The advantages, nature and purpose of Autologous donations, the risks involved, and the possibility of complications should be explained to you by your physician.

    These advantages and risks include but are not limited to:

    • blood drawn from you for a later transfusion is the safest blood for you to receive,
    • mild anemia and/or decrease in your blood volume may result from frequent blood donations for Autologous transfusions.

    Autologous donations require written orders from your physician detailing your autologous donations and your physician's requirements. Autologous donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by the patient or the physician's office. Although appointments can be made anytime, donations must be made at least 1 week apart with your last donation being least 3-10 days prior to your surgery. Your physician's office or a blood bank professional will assist you with your donation scheduling. 

    The Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank is located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Care Center at Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Thank you for this opportunity to assist in your medical treatment. Our staff may be reached at 719-776-5822 to answer any additional questions you may have. We look forward to serving you.

Corporate Wellness Program

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services offers the most comprehensive package of corporate wellness services available throughout Colorado designed to help employers keep employees healthy and productive. Our unparalleled years of experience and expertise in providing quality corporate resources support your employees in every facet of their work and personal environment. These complementary services will empower the employee to always be "at their best" while allowing your budget to breathe.

  • Employer Wellness Services

    Your entire company can enjoy the highest-quality corporate wellness programs and create a healthy environment to help your employees succeed. We offer health solutions that span across the entire company, and integrate wellness into your organization's culture. 

    Our employer wellness services include: 

    • Wellness Planning
    • On-Site Biometric Screenings
    • Evidence-Based Group Health Management Programs
    • Individual Wellness Coaching
    • Exercise Classes - See schedule.
    • On-Site Wellness Events 
    • Wellness Challenges
    • Customized Reporting

    As a health care system, we provide a variety of other programs to our clients:

    • Flu Shots
    • Aquatic Program
    • Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Program
    • Disease Management Programs
    • Fitness Assessments
    • Nutritional Counseling
    • Birth Center Classes
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Behavioral Health Counseling
    • Substance Abuse Assessment, Treatment and Counseling
    • Occupational Medicine

    Our experienced and dedicated administration team partners with you to design and implement our services.  This includes a program coordinator and an account manager. 

    Our administrative services include:

    • Customer Service/Registration
    • Billing
    • Accounts Receivable
    • Reporting
    • Compliance/Quality Assurance
    • Incentive Management Customizable Communications

    Penrose-St. Francis Corporate Wellness Services

    Contact us to learn more about how we can help your company or organization. 

  • Profile Employee Assistance Program

    Profile Employee Assistance Program is a full-service employee assistance program headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It began in 1982 by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and is now backed by the facilities and resources of the Centura Health System. Profile EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit for both the employee and the employer.  We provide confidential assessment, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services for employees and their immediate family members.  Our goal is to help your company reduce absenteeism, on-the-job accidents and substance abuse, and to decrease escalating health care costs.  Studies have shown that a well-managed EAP reduces absenteeism by 66 percent, health care costs by 86 percent, and worker's compensation claims by 30 percent. Learn more

  • Centura Center for Occupational Medicine

    In occupational medicine services, your best choice in a medical provider partner is Centura Center for Occupational Medicine. Let CCOM partner with you in containing your workers' compensation costs with one-stop industrial medicine, access to medical care 24/7 through clinics and emergency departments, drug testing, injury management and worksite services. Learn more.